Children’s Special Needs Dentistry
At NOVA Dental Anesthesia, we specialize in working with children with special needs. Whether your child is affected by intellectual or developmental disabilities, we have the resources and the warmth needed to ensure comfortable and positive experiences for each patient. We strive to make you and your child feel safe, regardless of need, and we provide various accommodations and sedation options. Our priority is that all children find dental visits to be stress-free and even fun! You child is in expert hands with us.
What to Expect
Your child’s first dental visit should be just after the first birthday. It is usually short and involves very little treatment. We may ask you to sit in the dental chair and hold your child during the examination. You may also be asked to wait in the reception area during part of the visit so that a relationship can be built between your child and your dentist.
We will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken (to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums). We may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. We will make sure your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home. Most important of all, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth.
During your first visit, Dr. Shaden Alfaqih will:
- Examine your child’s mouth, teeth and gums.
- Evaluate adverse habits, like thumb sucking.
- Check to see if your child needs fluoride.
- Teach your child about cleaning teeth and gums.
- Suggest a schedule for regular dental visits.