Phoenix Dentist for the Developmentally Delayed

Patients who are developmentally delayed often find dental visits to be particularly problematic. And that, in turn, can cause challenges for the patient, parents, and staff. It takes a skilled and experienced team of Phoenix dentists for developmentally delayed individuals to employ different methods and procedures for each individual patient, in order to make their experience a pleasant one. At Dental on Central, our goal is to do just that, as we work hard to tailor treatment plans that will best benefit our developmentally delayed patients. Contact us today by calling (602) 266-1776 if you or a loved one with a developmental delay is in need of quality dental care.

Why Developmentally Delayed Patients Should Choose Dental on Central

  • We serve our patients in a family-oriented atmosphere with dental care that is individualized to meet patients’ needs.
  • We provide safe and comfortable sedation dentistry to efficiently care for patients who are developmentally delayed and may not be able to sit still for an entire appointment.
  • Our on-site anesthesiologist, Dr. Ellison Herro, MD, has worked with patients who have special needs for 30 years and is a board-certified pain management specialist.

What is a Developmental Delay?

Developmental delays refer to child or adult is continuously behind in exhibiting the skills that are expected by a certain age. This can occur in one area of development, or multiple. The five main areas of development include cognitive skills, social and emotional skills, speech and language skills, fine and gross motor skills, and lastly daily living activities. When delays occur in multiple areas, it is known as a global developmental delay. Sometimes, there are underlying causes of global developmental delay, such as autism or cerebral palsy.

Challenges in Treating Children Who are Developmentally Delayed

People who are developmentally delayed may need extra help to achieve and maintain good oral health. The following are ways in which a developmental delay can create challenges when a patient is receiving dental care:

  • Mental capabilities: can impact how well someone can follow directions in a dental office.
  • Behavior problems: anxiety can make patients uncooperative.
  • Mobility problems: may require access to the treatment room with the use of a wheelchair or a walker to move around. Access to the dental operatory and chair may require special arrangements and assistance with the patient transfer. Longer appointment times may be needed.
  • Neuromuscular problems: rigid or loose facial muscles, drooling, gagging, and swallowing problems can all complicate oral care.
  • Uncontrolled body movements: may make it difficult to provide dental care without sedation.

Services Our Phoenix Dentists Provide for Developmentally Delayed Patients

Our Phoenix dentists for the developmentally delayed often assist our developmentally delayed patients by providing the following services:

  • Fillings
  • Crowns/Bridges
  • Root Canals
  • Oral Surgery
  • Wisdom Teeth
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Implant Dentistry
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dentures
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Gum Disease treatment

Parents who are developmentally delayed often face oral health problems, such as tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease, malocclusion (misalignment), damaging habits such as teeth grinding, oral malformations, and delayed tooth eruption.

Speak A Phoenix Dentist for the Developmentally Delayed Today

Dental on Central has been successfully treating patients with developmental delays for years. Our team is made up of Phoenix dentists for the developmentally delayed with multiple specialties, allowing for you or your loved one’s dental work to be completed in one location and more often than not, in one visit. Please contact us by phone at (602) 266-1776 or online so we may answer any questions you may have and book an appointment.