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Special Needs Dental Care

Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry

Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry located in Vienna, VA

While all the children who visit Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry in Vienna and Tysons, Virginia, are valued members of the practice family, special needs children hold a dear place in the hearts of Reem I. Alhussain, DDS, Ibrahim Y. Alhussain, DMD, and the team. If you have a special needs child, and you’re looking for top quality and compassionate dental care, schedule an appointment online or over the phone today.

Special Needs Dentistry

What is special needs dentistry?

While pediatric dentistry is a specialty in the dental field, special needs dentistry is even more narrowly focused. Special needs dentistry helps families rest assured that their child’s dental care needs are met, even if there are specific challenges that require additional attention or support.

According to the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, kids are categorized as special needs if they have chronic issues in any of these areas:

  • Physical
  • Behavioral
  • Developmental
  • Emotional

Most special needs children require accommodations to complete some daily tasks. No matter what your special needs child faces, Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry is here to help.

What unique dental challenges do special needs kids face?

According to researchers, children with special needs are almost twice as likely to live with unmet dental needs compared with children who don’t have special needs. Very often, families are busy managing their child’s medical, academic, or emotional needs, and dental care can fall by the wayside.

Some special needs children aren’t able to maintain proper levels of oral hygiene on their own, and minor dental issues can quickly develop into more serious concerns. Alignment issues can make it even more difficult to reach all the places where plaque likes to hide.

Unfortunately, some children can have a negative experience during a dental visit and become opposed to returning for routine exams and cleanings. That’s why Dr. Alhussain will make every effort to help your child enjoy their visit, so they can look forward to coming back.

How are special needs appointments different?

The team at Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry is committed to meeting your child’s unique needs. If that means scheduling extra time to ensure they are settled in and comfortable before treatment begins, then that’s what the team will do.

Special needs children sometimes tolerate dental care better when their dentist takes the time to explain each step before beginning treatment. Knowing what to expect can take away a lot of the anxiety that some can children experience in the dentist’s chair.

During your appointment, Dr. Alhussain will educate you on how to best support your child’s dental health at home. You can share your questions or concerns and get tips and techniques that can help you and your child make the most of their smiles.

To get the best care for your special needs child, schedule an appointment with Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry online or over the phone today.