Good oral health care habits are the same for everyone: brushing for two minutes, twice a day, flossing daily and visiting the dentist every six months. But for someone who’s dealing with autism or has other special needs, managing this routine can be anywhere from mildly difficult to extremely challenging. Visiting the dentist can be especially taxing, as a number of factors, from dental anxiety to uncontrollable, erratic movements make even sitting in the dental chair difficult. If this sounds familiar, you should know that sedation dentistry can help — and we’re your special needs dentist in Plantation, FL. Keep reading to learn more.
November 12, 2015
October 5, 2015
A lot of practices use the term “sleep dentist,” but very few offer sedatives strong enough to actually induce sleep. At Sleep Dentists, the Plantation dental team offers a full range of dental sedation from mild nitrous oxide, to moderate oral conscious or IV sedation, and full general anesthesia. Whether patients suffer from mild to moderate anxiety, or need extensive oral and maxillofacial surgery necessitating unconscious sedation, we have an anesthetic that will meet your needs. To find our more contact Drs. Weiss, Waldee, & Hohimer, the sleep dentists Plantation residents prefer.
September 8, 2015
We’ve been talking a lot about sedation dentistry in Plantation, and now you know you have options for your dental phobia. Many adults have found that they can finally visit the dentist — after years of being unable to even bear the thought — since knowing about sedation dentistry. We’re so excited about that, because it confirms what we already know: that sleep dentistry makes good dental health more accessible to everyone, and that’s what we care about most.
You know that sleep dentistry is an excellent solution to dental anxiety, but what are your options? Read on to learn more and decide what might be right for you during your next procedure.
February 9, 2015
We specialize in dental care for Autism patients. Providing effective dental care to patients with Autism presents unique challenges for everyone involved. But by working together, and planning ahead, many of these challenges and anxieties can be reduced. The Sleep Dentists are committed to comfortable and successful dental treatment. If you care for a patient with Autism, schedule their next dental appointment with the trusted Sleep and Sedation Dentistry of Plantation, FL. Dr. Weiss, Dr. Waldee, and Dr. Hohimer are experienced sleep and sedation dentistry experts. The Sleep Dentists proudly serve families daily throughout Plantation and Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Effective Home Dental Care for Autism Patients
To help your loved one maintain good dental health, we recommend the following:
- Preventive treatments such as dental fluoride and sealants.
- Become aware of medicines that cause dry mouth.
- Increase daily water intake.
- Avoid using sugary snacks as incentives or rewards.
- Encourage independence in daily oral hygiene and perform hands-on demonstrations to show patients the best way to clean their teeth.
- Emphasize consistency in oral hygiene and try to use the same location, timing, and positioning to establish an effective home care routine.
We are well experienced in the treatment of Autism patients, and we have special procedures in place to optimize each visit. You are always welcome to accompany the patient during an exam, and we will help you make an appointment for a time of day when the patient will be most cooperative. We will also make sure that wait time is minimized and you will be able to work with the same team members each visit. If necessary, we can schedule short prep visits so that the patient can become accustomed to our office. During one of these short and positive visits, they can get use to the office environment, try out the treatment chair, let the hygienist look in their mouth or count their teeth, or listen to the sound a drill makes. This will serve to slowly desensitize the patient, as well as discover what could potentially be difficult for the patient to tolerate at future visits.
We offer sedation options to all patients. For patients with Autism, we have many options that can help reduce high levels of anxiety or discomfort, uncontrolled movements, and gagging reflexes. We will work with you to select the technique and sedation level that will most effectively address the needs of the patient. To schedule a dental care checkup for a patient with Autism, contact our Plantation, FL office today. Dr. Weiss, Dr. Waldee, and Dr. Hohimer are highly qualified sleep and sedation dentistry experts, now proudly serving families daily throughout Plantation and Fort Lauderdale, FL.