We specialize in delivering caring and accommodating dentistry that meets every child’s unique needs.
A Research-Backed Approach
We have a program geared towards children with special healthcare needs, including autism spectrum disorders. Using a repetitive tasking approach, we familiarize your child with the dental office and teach them how to get the care they need. We start with small steps adapted to your child’s tolerance level, whether it’s merely sitting in the dentist’s chair or introducing them to some of our handy dandy instruments.
Research has found the technique is successful in building a sense of trust and rapport with the dentist. But parents can help too by practicing the skills we teach your little one at home. If your child has an IEP, we also encourage you to ask that oral care training be added as one of the self-help goals in the plan. This will encourage lifelong oral health.
Our Technology Helps Too
Our San Diego orthodontics and pediatric dentistry office uses the latest digital technology. From quick digital scans instead of goopy impressions to fast digital x-rays, we make getting dental care more sensory-friendly.
We can schedule your child’s appointment at the time that works best for them, whether that’s in the morning or in the afternoon when the office is quieter. And we’re always happy to break up longer visits into multiple shorter sessions if needed.
Your child will be seen in a super comfy, private treatment room complete with a TV in the ceiling and wireless headphones if they need a distraction. While Dr. Hayes is specially trained in behavioral management techniques to help kids relax, if necessary, she can also provide safe dental sedation.
Special Needs Dental Care
Makes future care easier
Getting comfortable with dental visits in childhood makes it easier for kids to keep up with preventive care for life. Additionally, we can detect problems early for less invasive treatment.