Special Needs Dentistry

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Dental care for special needs children

Balancing the requirements of a special needs child can be very challenging for parents. Medical issues often take focus while dental care can sometimes take a backseat. However, children with special needs are almost twice as likely to have unmet dental treatment that can lead to severe dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.

The team at Kids World Pediatric Dentistry is trained to take care of children with special needs. We provide dental care for children with a range of developmental, medical and behavioral challenges, including, but not limited to, anxiety, sensory issues, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and developmental and speech/language delays.

At Kids World Pediatric Dentistry, we communicate with your child in a method that they are most comfortable with. Pre-appointment planning to discuss your child’s functional and intellectual abilities may be beneficial. By establishing our office as their dental home, special needs patients learn individualized preventive oral health practices that significantly reduce their risk of preventable dental disease.

Comfort through Education

One of the primary ways in which our team strives to make children with special needs comfortable is by helping them strive at their comfort level. We invite the parents of our patients with special needs to walk through our Social Story. This guide will not only let your child know what to expect, but can be printed out as well, allowing your child to go over the steps of their appointments by themselves.

Kids World Pediatric Dentistry encourages desensitization visits for your children if needed, please ask our staff when you call to set one up. These visits act as a “tryout” for their dental appointment, helping make your child feel comfortable with our office and better understand what to expect when they visit.

Sedation

While our goal and most of our efforts to cater to your exceptional child’s needs are based on “gradual desensitization,” our office also provides a range of behavioral management solutions designed for each child’s special health care needs and different levels of sedation

Kids World Pediatric Dentistry provides in-office oral sedation, as well as intra-venous sedation provided by our anesthesiologist, where indicated.

Contact our Kids World Pediatric Dentistry For an Appointment

Our team at Kids World is committed to providing children with high quality pediatric dental care while accounting for their unique needs and levels of comfort. For additional questions or to schedule an appointment, please call our office today.

ATTN: Families of Kids World Pediatric Dentistry

Dear Families of Kids World Pediatric Dentistry,

We hope you are all well and in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the Texas State Dental Board, American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agency recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff from the current COVID-19 crisis. The process to check in will for now be different than the previous “normal”

        Before your appointment fill our screening questionnaire and any required forms from our website, this will reduce paperwork at the office. You will be asked those same questions again when you arrive at the office in case anything has changed. The patient’s temperature will be taken upon arrival. Please understand that if required we might have to reschedule your visit.

        Check in by phone when you park your car. You will receive a text to enter the office.

        Please bring only the patient that is being seen and one adult.

        We will guide you to either a seating area assigned with a letter or straight to the treatment room.

        Mandatory:  Please wear mask.

        Please maintain social distancing.

        Only patients in treatment areas when possible, this reduces effects of any aerosols.

        We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

        Our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, books, toys, ipads and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

        Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

        We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 210 787 1200 or visit our website at kidsworldpediatricdental.com

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to seeing you and your smiles.

Sincerely,

Kids World Pediatric Dentistry Team

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