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Webb Pediatric Dentistry in Charlotte, NC Specializes in Treating Special Needs Children

Many people have a fear of the dentist, but special needs children can feel more severe anxiety or suffer from cognitive and physical problems that make visiting the dentist a debilitating experience.

Dr. Webb loves all children and always offers extra care with patience and compassion. That is what pediatric special needs dentistry is all about.

What is special needs dentistry?

Special needs children can be more vulnerable to cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, and broken teeth than other children. Home dental care can be a challenge and dental office visits can be scary for all children. Which why it is imperative to find a pediatric dentist who is educated, experienced and skilled when it comes to caring for your special needs child.

Special needs children may need a room that has dim lighting if they are light-sensitive or may need ear protection if they are sensitive to loud noises. Some special needs children can’t stop moving or twitching. Others may have mood swings. Some may not understand what is going on at all. But all children deserve care & love while getting the best dental treatment.

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Children of all ages with various health conditions need special care at the dentist's office.

Do special needs children have special dental needs?

There are a variety of special needs children in the world, and each special need requires unique care, not a one size fits all approach. At Webb Pediatric Dentistry in Charlotte, Dr. Webb & her team provide care for children with special needs that include:

  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Down Syndrome
  • ODD
  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Vision and/or Hearing Impaired
  • Sensitivity to Light and Sound
  • Bi-Polar Disorder

What oral health issues do special needs children face?

Special needs children may face several key health issues that will have an impact on their lives. This may include:

  • Social anxiety
  • Difficulty brushing and flossing
  • Inability to verbally communicate pain
  • Fear of the dentist
  • Webb Pediatric Dentistry understands these issues and takes them seriously.

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What types of preventative care can help my special needs child?

The best type of preventative care you can provide is to make sure your special needs child practices a routine oral healthcare regimen every day. That includes brushing and flossing their teeth. Avoid sugary foods and drinks to reduce the risk of cavities.

Schedule dental appointments so Dr. Webb can regularly check your child’s teeth. Dr. Webb may recommend applying a sealant on your child’s molars to provide an extra layer of protection against cavity formation.

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A pediatric dentist like Dr. Webb has additional training and experience that qualifies her to care for your special needs child.

Why should special needs children see a pediatric dentist vs a general dentist?

While a general family dentist can treat all members of your family, a pediatric dentist like dr. Webb has special training to treat children, including special needs children.

Dr. Webb & her team additional training giving them knowledge of child development, psychology, and growth that a general dentist may not possess.

How does Webb Pediatric Dentistry accommodate special needs children?

Webb Pediatric Dentistry creates a welcoming and comfortable environment for special needs children to alleviate their feelings of anxiety and fear. We also encourage a meeting prior to your appointment so we can meet with you and your child so they can be familiar with us and we can get to know them.

Once we understand your child and their special needs, we can prepare for their appointment by turning down the lights, providing ear protection or reducing noise levels, and providing a gentle touch to make their visit as positive an experience as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns about your little one's first dental visit, please contact Dr. Webb and her team by calling us at (704) 980–0545.

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Dr. Webb uses state-of-the-art technology such as low radiation x-rays.

What techniques & technology does Dr. Webb use?

Not only does Dr. Webb provide a welcoming environment for special needs children, but she also seeks to educate parents and support them every step of the way as their child’s teeth grow and develop.

Dr. Webb and her dental team ensure you understand any dental procedures she may use to help alleviate your and your child's fears. Her special ability with children consists of sparking their interest in dental care and answering any question they may have.

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What should my child and I expect during the first appointment?

During your child's first appointment, Dr. Webb will meet with you and your child and gather a list of any medication your child is currently taking and discuss any special needs or concerns. Once you and your child are comfortable, Dr. Webb will begin the exam of you child's oral health.

Dr. Logan Webb and her staff at Webb Pediatric Dentistry truly care about children and their dental health. We particularly have a special place in our hearts for special needs children. We proudly serve Charlotte and surrounding communities in North Carolina.

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