If you are the parent or caregiver of a child with special needs in or near Dumont, New Jersey, contact Palisades Dental Care. We will be happy to work with you and your child to address their dental issues. We strive to create a positive, relaxing environment to ensure that the process is smooth.
Special needs patients are individuals who have cognitive, physical, developmental, medical, or emotional conditions and require special consideration when undergoing dental treatments. This includes a variety of conditions that make standard dental procedures challenging, including:
The definition of dental neglect was created in 1983 by the Child Abuse Subcommittee of the Clinical Affairs Committee. The current definition is the 6th reaffirmation of the 1992 version. Dental neglect is defined as the willful failure of a parent/guardian to seek/follow through with dental care required to ensure oral health essential for acceptable function and freedom from infection/pain.
At Palisades Dental Care, we offer several sedation options for pediatric special needs patients. These options are:
Oral Conscious Sedation: an oral sedative is given to the patient to help them to relax. They are awake and able to respond to commands, but they may fall asleep.
Nitrous Oxide: nitrous oxide is a combination if nitrous oxide and oxygen. The patient breathes it in and feels relaxed and euphoric. This eases anxiety but still allows the patient to be awake so they can respond to commands. After the procedure, the mask is removed, and the effects wear off quickly after breathing clean air for a few minutes.
General anesthesia: if treatment cannot safely be completed while the patient is awake and nitrous oxide won’t be effective, we do offer general anesthesia. This puts them into a deep sleep, so they won’t feel or remember anything. The anesthesia is administered, and the patient is monitored by a board-certified anesthesiologist.