Remember how scared we all were to go to our dentist appointments? Preparing children for their dental visits can be difficult. It requires more care for children with special needs to take care of their physical, mental, and oral health during dental appointments.
Most of the time, parents of children with special needs give dental care the least preference. But if not given proper attention and care, oral diseases can worsen with time, affecting the overall health of the child.
Here, we are going to share some great tips to prepare your child with special needs all set for his/her next dental visit:
Note that not all dentists are comfortable with treating children with special needs. So, make sure you find a child-friendly pediatric dentist with experience in taking care of special children. You can make use of online resources or even ask for a reference from your friends or relatives. You can have a talk with their office pre-visit to make sure that your child will be comfortable there.
If you are going to a dentist for the first time, it will be easy for both parties if you carry all the health reports and other histories of your child’s unique condition with you. This way, the dentist can help you with proper support and the right treatment.
Like any other children, your child may be curious or scared about their dental visit. Tell them a funny story about what happens when you visit a dentist. You can make use of a storybook with related images, funny videos, or sing a song to them about the fun time they are going to have there. You can also play the ‘visiting the dentist’ game by taking turns as a patient or dentist.
Make sure you have prepared some questions before your dental visit. This will make you feel like you are in control and also in understanding the various options available. It is always fine to ask questions.