CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
MY CHILD HAS SPECIAL NEEDS. WILL I BE ABLE TO BRING HIM TO THE DENTIST?
Parents who raise children with special needs never take for granted the daily joys and challenges it brings. Likewise the paedodontist finds his true calling and passion in the dental care of such unique children.
Paedodontists specifically undergo medical training to handle the multitude of conditions that may affect children, in order to better understand and manage the intimate link between medical and oral health.
Some of the common paediatric conditions they are proficient in treating are:
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- Down’s Syndrome
- Developmental Delay
- Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy
- Blood Dyscrasias (i.e. Haemophilia)
- Cardiac conditions (i.e. Septal Defects, Cyanotic conditions)
- Asthma and breathing difficulties
- Childhood cancers
Other rare conditions found in children sometimes require the attention of a multidisciplinary team of dental specialists. The paedodontist may co-ordinate such care with an orthodontist, oral surgeon, periodontist and prosthodontist.
Examples include children with these conditions:
- Cleft lip and palate
- Syndromes (i.e Apert’s, Di-George, Fragile X, Joubert’s)
- Cleidocranial Dysostosis
- Ectodermal Dysplasia
- Osteogenesis Imperfecta
- Vesciculo-bulbar diseases
- Connective tissue diseases
Because the paedodontist has access to hospital care facilities, children with all but the most severe of medical conditions can be dentally treated. Should your child require in-patient care or round-the-clock attention, the paedodontist will be able to direct you to the most appropriate hospital-based care-provider.