Special Needs Children

Warner Plaza Dental Group

General Dentist & Family Dentist & TMJ Botox & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Woodland Hills, CA

If your child has special needs, such as autism or physical or mental disabilities, you know they need an especially compassionate and kind dentist to help them have a positive dental care experience. At Warner Plaza Dental Group in Woodland Hills, California, Dr. Azin Kolahi has over 27 years of experience in offering expert, one-on-one attention and care to make sure that your special needs child feels comfortable in the dentist’s chair. You can schedule end-of-day or after-hours appointments to ensure a calm, tension-free environment. Call or schedule an appointment online today.

Special Needs Children Q & A

Do kids with special needs require special dental care?

Children with special needs should follow the same recommended dental care practices as everyone else. They should learn to brush their teeth for two minutes twice a day and how to floss. They also need regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings.

Dr. Kolahi and the team at Warner Plaza Dental Group offer gentle and expert dental care for your child. With friendly one-on-one attention, Dr. Kolahi uses a “teach, show, do” method with children, which includes games and songs. She talks to your child about what she’s going to do. Then, she shows them — for example, touching the polishing tool to their hand before performing the cleaning. She adjusts her approach to cater to the individual needs of your child, going above and beyond your expectations to make them feel safe and comfortable.

The waiting area is designed with children in mind. Toys, books, and other fun distractions help them stay happy and relaxed before their appointment.

Is my special needs child more likely to develop oral health problems?

Some genetic disorders like Down syndrome can delay tooth eruption or cause missing or malformed teeth. These issues can make it challenging to keep your child’s teeth clean, which can lead to oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease.

At Warner Plaza Dental Group, Dr. Kolahi offers gentle care to reduce any anxiety or fear your child might have about having dental treatments. She provides a full range of preventive and restorative dental care to protect your child’s dental health, including:

  • Check-ups, cleanings, and fluoride treatments
  • Fillings and sealants
  • Extractions and crowns
  • Orthodontic recommendations

Why is routine dental care important for kids?

Taking care of your child’s teeth is important for two primary reasons. First, even though baby teeth fall out and are replaced by permanent teeth, tooth decay, gum disease, and premature tooth loss can cause problems with the eruption and health of permanent teeth.

Second, the dental hygiene habits your child develops at a young age stay with them for the rest of their lives. Developing good tooth-brushing habits and techniques at a young age will help them protect their teeth into adulthood. Also, having regular dental appointments with a kind and friendly expert like Dr. Kolahi helps your child feel comfortable with dental care and avoid dental phobias or anxiety later in life.

If you’re looking for a compassionate dentist who will provide friendly, one-on-one attention to your child with special needs, call or schedule an appointment online today.