Special Needs Patients & Oral Health

A dentist holding dental instruments and a girl covering her mouth with her hands.

At Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, we prioritize our patients’ needs to make sure they receive the highest quality care. We understand that some of our patients may require a little extra encouragement and help at the dentist office. To ensure every patient is comfortable, especially children with special needs, our doctors and staff work with compassion and help patients feel safe while in our office through their experience and with a variety of amenities. Our orthodontist and pediatric dentist in Chapel Hill will work with you and your child so they receive the care they deserve and act as a guide to practice effective oral health at home.

The Importance of Dental Health

Dental and orthodontic health is important for all children. Studies have shown that poor oral health can lead to a number of other medical complications. At Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, we would never wish unnecessary appointments or conditions on any child. Our main priority is to prevent these situations from happening. We build strong relationships with our patients to ensure regular visits to the dentist and orthodontist. If your child needs extra consideration while receiving their dental care, we have stuffed animals, a photo booth, a weighted blanket, or welcome a parent or even a furry companion in the room. We will do whatever we can to provide high quality dental services for your child.

Positive At-Home Dental Routine

For all children, it’s important to establish a specific at-home oral health routine. Children should brush their teeth twice per day and floss once per day. Because children with special needs typically respond well to hands-on care, our dental team recommends singing songs, dancing, or playing games while brushing. These small details can allow your child to be more comfortable with their oral health routine.

Doctors Who are Trained in Special Needs Dentistry

You should find a dentist and orthodontist who has been trained and is experienced in providing care to those with different sensitivities as it is essential to the health and wellbeing of the child. Both Dr. Clifton and Dr. Mauney have experience helping patients with a range of backgrounds, have treated a number of patients with special needs and always approach new situations in a thoughtful and compassionate manner. We know that visiting the dentist and orthodontist can be scary and overwhelming for some children and are trained to administer care in a gentle and sensitive way. Any child from the Chapel Hill, Durham, or larger Research Triangle area is welcome at our practice.

Schedule Your Next Appointment with our Pediatric Dentist in Chapel Hill!

Our team will be happy to give you and your child a tour of the office and answer any questions you may have to ensure your child is comfortable at our Research Triangle orthodontist. Schedule an appointment online or call our Chapel Hill pediatric dentist office directly. We look forward to seeing you and your child soon!