Special Needs Pediatric Dentistry
Dentistry for Kids with Special Needs in Highlands Ranch
Compassion and skill are important features of any successful dental practice, especially when it comes to pediatric dentistry. When it comes to children with special healthcare needs, compassion and patience are just as essential as experience and quality.
As your pediatric dentist for children with special needs in Highlands Ranch, Dr. Sierk has the right qualifications and a true calling for this area of dentistry. He and his team always take the time to ensure that both you and your child feel understood and cared for during your visits.
Don’t let your child’s circumstances prevent them from getting the dental care they need. Contact our office today to learn more about how we can help.
Experienced and Attentive Treatment from Day One
We ask parents to bring their kids at six months old for an initial dental appointment or when the first tooth begins to erupt. This comfortable visit allows a child to sit with a parent or guardian while we carefully inspect the structure of their mouth and face.
Subsequent visits include bite control and x-rays to evaluate roots and jaw bone growth. Dr. Sierk will look for signs of bruxism (teeth grinding), decay, and gum disease, all of which are prevalent in American children. He frequently recommends preventive services such as fluoride treatments and plastic sealants to prevent decay on back teeth.
These evaluations are even more important for children with special needs because they may not be able to communicate that they are in pain or uncomfortable. Dr. Sierk has expert diagnostic skills and treatment techniques for treating children of all ages, health, and abilities.
We recognize that children with special healthcare needs can face oral hygiene challenges, and we formulate treatment plans that address strength, motor coordination and cognition issues. For children who become stressed or anxious during visits, we can provide conscious sedation to help them feel relaxed and safe. This allows them to have a more positive experience while receiving the dental care they need.
Oral Hygiene for Children with Special Needs
We discuss common-sense adjustments to help children with special health needs and their caregivers achieve good oral hygiene. Here are a few suggestions we provide to guardians of special needs children:
- Larger handled toothbrushes for children with limited dexterity
- Specially-formulated fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinses to prevent periodontal disease
- Limiting sugar and high carbohydrate foods in the daily diet
- Using wide waxed floss that’s easier to manipulate
One of our goals is helping caregivers of special needs children feel confident in their ability to help their child at home. If you have questions about your child’s dental care, Dr. Sierk and his friendly dental staff will be happy to provide answers, tips, and information to help you.
Providing Experienced and Flexible Care
There are many children with special needs that range from disabilities in development to behavioral problems and even physical limitations. Our office is prepared to receive children with all manner of special health needs, including:
- Mild Anxiety
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Asperger Syndrome
- Down Syndrome
- Cerebral Paralysis
- Deaf or Partial Hearing Loss
- Visually Impaired
- Developmental Disabilities
- Epileptic or Seizure Disorders
- Mobility Challenges or Paralysis
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Cleft Palate/Lip
- Children Undergoing Radiation Treatment
- Breathing or Nasogastric Tubes
When it comes to their oral health needs, these children need extra time and care. Finding the right dentist requires balancing the needs of your child with the experience of the dentist.
Call and schedule a consultation with Dr. Sierk and describe your child's special needs and let us know how we can best help you. We are trained to provide special patients with dental care that is tailored around their needs to ensure that they are comfortable and healthy.
Why Regular Dental Care Is Important
Regular visits to the dentist will keep your child's mouth healthy through routine check-ups, annual cleaning, X-rays and other procedures. Take a closer look at what routine visits can accomplish.
Prevent Decay and Disease: Cleanings performed at the dentist may remove built-up plaque and tartar that can cause cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease if left untreated.
Fill Cavities: Dr. Sierk uses various high-quality filling materials to stop tooth decay from spreading to healthy enamel or other teeth.
Check for Infection: Our team can monitor your child’s mouth for signs of gum disease or infection when you go visit us at least twice a year. We can also take care of any tooth abscesses or other infections that can be potentially painful.
Remove Problem Teeth: Wisdom teeth extraction is recommended for most people due to various complications, but tooth removal may also be beneficial for stubborn baby teeth that prevent adult teeth from breaking through the gums properly.
Monitor Growth: Using X-rays, we can see how your child’s adult teeth form before they begin to emerge. This is particularly useful in determining whether there is a need for orthodontic care from an early age.
Address Maxillofacial Issues: Problems with the jaw, mouth, and teeth can occur if they are not forming as expected. If your child has abnormalities in their ability to speak, eat, or chew, then we can identify their needs and make recommendations for further treatment options, such as oral surgery.
Special Needs Pediatric Dentist in Highlands Ranch
If you are the parent or guardian of a child with special needs, it is important that you look for someone with the proper credentials and the most positive attitude.
Our team has the compassion and skill needed to provide your child with the positive interaction they need to maintain optimal oral health. We work closely with you to develop a personalized dental care plan that meets the unique needs of your child.
Call us today and schedule a friendly visit! We look forward to getting to know you and your child.