Children with special needs, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, are part of our dental family. Special needs kids have special dental needs and we are here to help.

By Dr. Elisa Velazquez

Dentistry for Special Needs Children

Children with special needs, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, are part of our dental family. Special needs kids have special dental needs and we are here to help.

Specialized in Children’s Dental Health
Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist graduates dental school AND then completes 2 years of additional training ONLY WORKING WITH CHILDREN–INCLUDING SPECIAL NEEDS. We are specifically trained to treat children’s developing teeth and behaviors. We know the unique problems that children face, such as cavities and gum problems. The 2 years of pediatric education includes advanced training in behavior management, child psychology, growth and development, hospital dentistry, interceptive orthodontics, sedation, special needs patients, and techniques to alleviate anxiety and build trust with children and their parents. This extensive training provides pediatric dentists the knowledge and skills to provide a positive dental experience and to educate children on the importance of maintaining good oral health for a lifetime!

WHY CHOOSE A PEDIATRIC DENTIST?

* 2 YEARS ADVANCED TRAINING

* CHILD APPROPRIATE EQUIPMENT

* CHILD FRIENDLY STAFF & SETTING

* PREVENTION FOCUS WITH ALL TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR KIDS

Training with Special Care
Our doctors and staff are trained to work with special patients. Kids on the spectrum may have unique needs and we take our time to understand the child and listen to the family to tailor our approach to match that child. Ocean Pediatric Dental Associates are trained to work with all infants & children. Dr.Velazquez is the staff dentist for Children’s Specialized Hospital and is an associate professor at Rutgers Dental School in the pediatric and Special care department.

FREE ORIENTATION PROGRAMS
Our pediatric dental offices are child friendly complete with TVs, toys and games in the waiting room, to help your child feel more at home. To help some children get acclimated to dental care, we offer a FREE MONTHLY PROGRAM for children on the spectrum. Our DOPAC program, Dental Orientation Program for Autistic Children, has been successful for many children. Repeated visits and exposure can be an effective learning program for some children to help them with daily oral hygiene and to acclimate them to an office setting. We also encourage families to read our SOCIAL STORY on our website and watch our YOUTUBE videos with their children to get them familiar with us. This DOPAC program is free but requires registration.

PREVENTION & ALL TREATMENT OPTIONS
Pediatric dentists and our trained staff focus on prevention of dental problems to ensure a lifetime of good dental health. We start dental visits at age 1 until teen years! OUR TEAM can offer you advice and teach your child about developing healthy dental habits. When dental problems arise, we have all options to help your child have their dentistry completed in a safe manner. We offer nitrous oxide, oral sedation, IV sedation and hospital dentistry when needed. These are safe options for most special needs patients.

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