Children with special needs are those who due to physical, medical, developmental or cognitive conditions, require special consideration when receiving dental treatment. This can include children with severe anxiety/phobia, autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and many other conditions or injuries.
Paediatric dentists see many children with special needs. A full understanding of associated conditions, risk factors, and any medications taken, is essential in order to provide the appropriate oral health care for these children. Treatment is not always more complex, but tends to be more tailored based on individual needs related to their medical condition.
There are many conditions with their own specific effect to overall oral heath, and there are dental anomalies and soft tissue conditions which are more prevalent in certain groups of children. All of these details are so important to be aware of, in order to allow the best short and long term dental management for each individual child.