Special Needs Dentistry

An important aspect of pediatric dentistry is providing comprehensive care to young patients with special behavioral, developmental, or other unique healthcare needs. At Children’s Dental Center, we know every child is different - meaning dental care that suits one child may not suit another. In an effort to make our patients and their families as comfortable as possible, we are proud to offer oral care to all children regardless of their personal needs in the Indianapolis and Fishers area. In our goal to provide inclusive dental care, we want to specifically welcome families with children who require special needs.

Beyond routine treatment, administering dental care to children with special needs includes specialized education and additional training as well as increased:

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At Children’s Dental Center, we have the experience required to suit the unique nature of your child. Our goal is to create a comfortable environment where dental care is administered safely so your child can achieve optimal oral health.

How We Provide Dental Care to Children with Special Needs

Our pediatric dentists are equipped to provide oral health care to children and young adults living with cognitive, physical, sensory, mental, or developmental impairments. These dental professionals speak with parents and caregivers of the child to create a treatment plan, and how to best meet the child’s needs while avoiding potential stress or anxiety triggers. Along with providing comprehensive dental services, Dr. Edwards, Dr. Rafla and our team take care to establish a peaceful setting for our patients and families to receive treatment.

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Sedation Dentistry

As with all children, sedation is sometimes needed to help them relax while receiving dental treatments. Depending on your child’s medical history, special conditions, and preferences, we offer conscious sedation and general anesthesia. Conscious sedation, also called nitrous oxide or laughing gas, is a safe, short-term sedation method. General anesthesia, administered through an IV, is a deeper form of sedation that puts your child to sleep.

We recommend general anesthesia for children with extensive dental issues, dental anxiety, or uncontrollable movements. Dental procedures that require general anesthesia are performed at the hospital, where your child’s breathing, heart rate, and other vital signs can be carefully monitored. Dr. Edwards holds hospital privileges for treatment under general anesthesia at Riley Hospital for Children and IU Health North Hospital.

If you have any questions about our dental services for children with special needs, please feel free to contact our office via phone, email, or schedule an appointment online.