Special Needs Specialist

Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry & Special Needs Dentists located in Flanders, NJ

Getting good dental care for your special needs child can sometimes be difficult, but the friendly and compassionate professionals at Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics are experts in working with a wide variety of special needs patients. To learn more about how the team can give your special needs child a beautifully healthy smile, schedule a visit to their state-of-the-art clinic in Flanders, New Jersey, today. You can book your visit by phone or online.

Special Needs Q & A

What is special needs dentistry?

Special needs dentistry is dental care that specifically addresses the needs of patients with physical, medical, developmental, or cognitive conditions, such as:

  • Autism
  • Severe dental anxiety
  • Down syndrome
  • Spinal cord injuries

Conditions like these can make it difficult to provide patients with thorough dental care, but the team of dental experts at Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics is particularly skilled and experienced in working with many different types of special needs patients.

The team has been working with a great many special needs and handicap patients for the majority of their lifetimes, giving them beautiful and healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

Every member of the team creates a warm, friendly, and accommodating atmosphere that values the unique qualities of every young smile. 

They imbue their treatments with an extra dose of compassion and understanding in order to ensure maximal health for all, regardless of developmental disability or other health care issues. 

What is your treatment philosophy with special needs patients?

Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics specializes in systematic desensitization in order to get their patients comfortable with the office and their dental treatments. 

Some special needs dentists restrain, papoose, or sedate their patients, but the team of compassionate dentists at Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics believe in a more gentle, caring, and effective approach to working with patients’ special needs.

Systematic desensitization, or gradual exposure therapy, is an evidence-based therapeutic approach that helps people overcome phobias by exposing them to their fears in a safe and manageable setting and helps them relax and find calm in that setting. 

In other words, your child approaches their fear or uncertainty at their own pace, one step at a time, and with helping hands guiding them along the way.

What other dental resources do you use for special needs patients?

Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics works with Donated Dental Services, a program run by the non-profit organization Dental Lifeline Network that provides volunteered time and labor for special needs children who are permanently disabled or medically at-risk and don’t have sufficient income to pay for dental care. 

Through Donated Dental Services, the team at Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics is able to provide comprehensive dental care to a large number of patients free of charge.

To learn more about how the team at Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics can work with your child’s special needs to give them a healthy and gorgeous smile, call the office or book a visit online today.