Special Needs Patients
Finding someone to trust with your child is both a scary and daunting task. When you have a child with special needs, it can be even more stressful. After all, your goal as a parent is to find a dentist who is patient and knowledgeable enough to care for your child. Dr. Swati Singh is a passionate pediatric dentist who brings extensive experience caring for children with special needs. As a mother herself, she understands the patience and nurturing required to provide the best care to her patients.
What do I look for in a dentist?
Dentists experienced in special needs should be patient, calm, and caring. When dealing with special needs children dentists should understand the uniqueness of your situation and how he or she can meet your needs.
Dr. Singh is incredibly gentle and willing to do what it takes to make your child comfortable. She also is incredibly thorough and takes the time to speak to your child’s physicians to understand how their condition might be impacted by various treatments.
You’ll also want to make sure that the facility you take your child to is accessible. This is particularly important if your child uses a wheelchair or walker. We recommend parents actually visit the office prior to scheduling an appointment so they can determine if the facility will meet their child’s needs.
How do I find the right dentist?
When you begin searching for a dentist for your child, it’s important to ask friends and family for referrals. These are typically quite reliable because the individual providing the referral usually has had experience with the dentist.
Once you have referrals, do an online search. Check out the dentists’ reviews, as well as their website. A high-quality website and good reviews all indicate a dentist has a solid reputation and might be a good option for your family.
Use reviews to narrow down your choices. When you have a few dentists to choose from, take the time to call each office and see if you can schedule an initial meeting with the dentist to get an understanding of their experience with special needs kids. Watch how your child responds to the doctor and how the staff interacts with both patients and each other.
Do you use sedation?
Dr. Singh only uses sedation if it is absolutely necessary. She prefers to utilize calming behavioral techniques to soothe children who might be easily jarred by noises, sounds, and an unfamiliar environment. This is never the first option and is only used when the doctor has exhausted all other options.
Dr. Singh is a passionate pediatric dentist who can provide your children with incredible dental care with compassion and patience. Contact us to schedule an appointment or learn more about how we can meet your needs.