5 Important Attributes of Special Needs Dental Care

Oct 02, 2023

5 Important Attributes of Special Needs Dental Care

You’d never take your health needs to an untrained medical professional, so why should you take your special needs child to a dentist who isn’t trained to care for them properly? 

Going to the dentist is tough for almost every child, but there are even more barriers when your child has special needs — you need a team of experienced, compassionate dentists to support you and give your child the care they need. 

We have such a team at Lifetime Dental Care in Woodbridge, Virginia. We know exactly what it takes to patiently and efficiently care for your child’s oral health needs and equip you with practical strategies to keep their teeth and gums healthy at home. 

Here, our team highlights a few key features of special needs dental care so you can know what to expect when you arrive. 

What is special needs dental care?

Our special needs patients are at an increased risk for many oral health problems, including cavities, bite problems, gum disease, and delayed tooth eruption. But to begin addressing these problems, they need a dentist who can provide a safe, comfortable environment. 

That’s where we come in. 

We have years of experience working with special needs patients, and we offer a range of services to help them relax as much as possible, including nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation. 

Our team takes the time to get to know your child and understand what they need to have a successful visit to our office. 

Take a closer look at five other benefits of choosing our team of specially trained special needs dentists. 

1. Customized care

Because we know your child, their oral health history, and their unique needs, we can maximize every appointment by customizing their care without having to hash out the details at the start of every appointment. 

Please let us know if anything has changed in your child’s oral or overall health that may affect their visit. We adjust their care to meet their current needs and take steps to prevent future problems. 

2. Calm environments

A dentist’s office is often filled with unsettling noises and smells, which can make even the toughest among us squirm. Your child with special needs may find it even more difficult to sit still and get comfortable. 

Our special needs dentists know how to keep your child calm without restraints, and we can employ our gentle sedation strategies if necessary. 

3. Prioritized safety

A child with special needs tends to have unpredictable movements and behaviors, making keeping them safe around dental equipment difficult. But our team knows how to create a safe space and prevent any harm to your child. 

4. Support staff

We don’t just have dentists who specialize in special needs care — our entire team, from the receptionist to our hygienists, have been trained and value your child’s comfort and safety above all else. 


You can rest assured that everyone in our office is listening and responding to your family’s needs during every visit. 

5. Education for all

We know that oral health care doesn’t begin and end in our office, so we make sure you and your child leave with strategies on how to brush, floss, and care for their oral health. If you ever have questions about best practices, don’t hesitate to call our office and talk to one of our team members. 

A trip to the dentist is never a battle when you choose Lifetime Dental and our special needs dental care experts. If you need to ask a question or if you’d like to schedule an appointment, call our office at 703-499-9779 or use our online booking tool.