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Special Needs Specialist

Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics -  - Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry

Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics

Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry located in Falls Church City, Falls Church, VA

When your child has special needs, you need a compassionate and skilled dentist with the right training and resources. At Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics in Falls Church, Virginia, Nathalie Phaeton, DDS, and Ki Youn Kil, DDS, have the training and experience in treating infants and children who have developmental challenges. Their cheerful office and friendly staff help make your special needs child feel at home. To get your child the dental care they need, contact Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics by phone or online form.

Special Needs Q & A

What is a special needs dentist?

Not all dentists have the tools necessary to treat children with special needs. At Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics, the expert dentists work closely with parents to design a dental plan that’s right for their special needs child. Dr. Phaeton and Dr. Kil have experience in treating children who have:

  • Developmental challenges
  • Physical disabilities
  • Behavioral problems
  • Mental health conditions

Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics can make special arrangements for your child during the visit, such as a private room that doesn’t adjoin public spaces. You can also bring your child to the office several times before their actual appointment so that they become familiar with the location, staff, and dentists.

Are dental treatments different for special needs children?

All children should have their teeth examined and professionally cleaned at least twice a year. Children with special needs, however, may be at greater risk for cavities and may need to come to Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics more often for an exam and thorough, professional cleaning.

If your child has cavities or other problems with their teeth, they must be corrected to preserve your child’s oral health. Depending on your child’s needs, your dentist may recommend:

  • Nitrous oxide to keep your child relaxed and happy
  • Conscious sedation or IV sedation if your child is very young or disabled
  • Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) to stop cavities without drills or fillings

How does SDF stop cavities without drilling?

Your dentist brushes SDF directly onto your child’s teeth. The treatment hardens your child’s teeth and kills the bacteria in a cavity. They can reapply SDF to keep your children’s teeth safe until they’re ready for a tooth restoration.   

What if my child is afraid of the dentist?

Many children of all abilities are afraid of the dentist. Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics creates a warm, cheerful, and welcoming environment. 

If your child is afraid of the dentist but is able to play, you can try playing dentist at home using their toys and stuffed animals to familiarize them with procedures. The dentists might suggest nitrous oxide, otherwise known as “laughing gas,” to calm your child for simple procedures, such as exams and cleanings.

To set up an appointment for your child with special needs, call Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics or use the convenient online form.