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Patients with Special Needs

We see our patients with special needs as unique individuals who need expert care.

 

At Orange County Pediatric Dental Group we realize that many children and adults have special needs.  Some may be extremely anxious in the dental setting.  Some patients may have single or multiple cognitive, emotional, mental, sensory, physical, and/or developmental delays.  At Orange County Pediatric Dental Group, we treat many patients who have been diagnosed with syndromes, chromosomal abnormalities, and/or cleft lip/palate.  We also see an extensive number of patients who span the range on the autism spectrum (ASD).  Often, our patients with special needs also have complex medical conditional and take multiple medications.  We believe that our patients with special needs should receive comprehensive Pediatric Dentistry, the same as our patients without special needs.  Because of our years of experience, we understand the balance between the teeth and each patient's medical conditions.  Our doctors are able to integrate a variety of factors into the "big picture" when creating an oral health plan for each patient with special needs.  Our goal always remains to provide high quality dentistry for all of our patients.  Our doctors and staff enjoy working with patients with special needs and their families, guardians, and caregivers.  We will work with the physicians and therapists, as appropriate, to improve the outcome for our patients.

Children and adults with Special Health Care Needs require regular care to maintain their oral health.  We find that routine visits help desensitize patients and that over time, patients become more comfortable with each visit.  Patients with special needs can benefit from visiting a Pediatric Dentist who is uniquely qualified and trained.  Pediatric Dentists receive extensive training, which is not received in dental school, in managing the oral and dental care of patients with special needs.  They also coordinate care with the other medical specialties while serving on craniofacial teams, attending hematology/oncology rounds, and serving on cardiology teams.  Both Dr. Renzi and Dr. House trained at prestigious Los Angeles hospitals during their residency programs.  At Orange County Pediatric Dental Group, we work with families to help determine each patient’s unique needs to form a home care program that is realistic and that will benefit each patient.  As Dr. Renzi and Dr. House are long-term members of Medical Staff at multiple hospitals in Orange County, we can provide care in the hospital Operating Room and outpatient surgicenter when needed.  We realize that not all patients with special needs can tolerate dental treatment in the traditional dental setting.  Orange County Pediatric Dental Group is proud to offer dental care in these settings as a very limited number of Pediatric Dentists are able to provident dental care in the hospital and surgicenter settings.

 

Please call our office to schedule an appointment for your child or adult with special needs. We typically schedule these appointments during our quieter times of the day to minimize the stress and distraction for your child or adult with special needs. Please let us know if there are any special accommodations (dimming lights, or turning off the music, etc.) that can make the visit run more smoothly.


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