Does Someone In Your Family Have Special Needs? Our Caring Team Offers A Relaxing Atmosphere And Uses The Latest Tools In Technology To Deliver A Safe And Stress-free Experience.

Posted by Daryn Nishikawa Jan 10, 2023

Many children, as well as adults, require special care to ensure their dental health is monitored properly. However, this care isn’t generalized or routine in nature. Instead, special needs dentistry is a special category of dental care that caters to patients who have disabilities, medical conditions, or other developmental disorders that require special attention and customized treatment methods. This special branch of dentistry is only practiced by dentists who have received specialized training in order to successfully provide care to patients with special needs.

At Nishikawa Family Dentistry, our dentists are specially trained to provide care to individuals with special needs. We take into account each patient’s individual condition when creating a customized treatment plan so that their oral health can be monitored regularly and maintained in a healthy state. We are trained and equipped to help patients with the following conditions:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional, cognitive, and behavioral issues
  • A hearing issues
  • Vision impairment
  • Mobility problem 
  • Other physical restrictions or medical complications
  • Medical conditions like cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, respiratory disease, autism, Parkinson’s disease, Down Syndrome, dementia, and more.

Benefits of Special Needs Dentistry

Has your child been diagnosed with a special need? Or are you an adult with a special need? If so, special needs dentistry can address their unique oral health care needs! We can design a treatment plan that can be used to help them maintain good oral hygiene and avoid any related complications. 

Our dentists are specially trained to meet the needs of children and adults with special needs, including those who are autistic or have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Our specialists also participate in continuing education courses to gain additional resources and skills they can use to help patients with special needs with their dental care. Special needs dentistry may include additional exams or treatments than a regular checkup, as well as providing positive reinforcement in the form of praise or rewards to keep patients engaged and happy during their procedure.

Patients with special needs may experience greater anxiety about going to the dentist. Improving the patient’s confidence with a doctor who is familiar with their needs can help them feel more comfortable and at ease. A special needs dentist also may spend more time addressing a patient’s fears by explaining what will happen during a procedure, allowing them to practice on a model first, or even discussing options to help them remain calm during the appointment. We also provide sedation dentistry to help patients with special needs undergo their dental treatments smoothly. 

To learn more about our dental services, you can schedule your appointment with our Torrance dentist by calling Nishikawa Family Dentistry at (310) 543-1655 or visiting us at 3556 Torrance Boulevard, Suite C, Torrance, CA 90503. 

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