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Special Needs Dentistry Specialist

Pediatric Dental Group of New York

Pediatric Dentistry located in Albany, NY & Glens Falls, NY

If your child experiences dental anxiety or they have unique physical or cognitive requirements, consider special needs dentistry. At Pediatric Dental Group of New York, the team of pediatric dentists boasts years of experience working with children and teens with special needs. By offering services like conscious sedation, they can ensure your child’s comfort and well-being. To make an appointment for your child at the practice in Schenectady, Albany or Glens Falls, New York, call the nearest office today or schedule online.

Special Needs Dentistry Q & A

What is special needs dentistry?

Special needs dentistry provides comprehensive oral health care for children with unique physical, sensory, mental, developmental, or cognitive forms of impairment.

Specifically, special needs dentistry provides a calm, relaxing environment that reduces fear and anxiety, allowing for a more enjoyable experience.

Do children with special needs have unique dental needs?

Yes. Many children with physical, cognitive, or developmental impairments struggle to care for their teeth and gums. 

Certain medical conditions can make it challenging to perform routine activities like brushing and flossing, increasing the risk of oral health problems like cavities and gum disease. At the same time, many of these children take medications that increase the risk of stains or enamel damage.

Scheduling routine special needs dental care at the Pediatric Dental Group of New York is a convenient and effective way to keep your child’s smile healthy.

What types of treatment does special needs dentistry offer?

At the Pediatric Dental Group of New York, the team offers a variety of special needs dentistry services, including:

Dental exams

A dental exam assesses the health of your child’s teeth, gums, tongue, and cheeks. If your child’s provider detects anything unusual, they can order additional tests, like X-rays or an oral biopsy.

Teeth cleaning

Teeth cleaning removes plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your child’s teeth. It’s a quick and convenient way to significantly reduce the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and persistent bad breath.

Fluoride treatment

Fluoride is a mineral found in many foods and most natural water sources. When applied to your child’s teeth, it strengthens the enamel, reducing the risk of cavities and decay.


If your child isn’t able to brush and floss regularly, the team might recommend sealants. Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings applied to your child’s teeth. They prevent harmful bacteria from damaging the enamel, reducing the risk of cavities.

Conscious sedation

If your child is fearful or they experience dental anxiety, the team might recommend conscious sedation. Conscious sedation uses nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to help your child relax during routine procedures like an oral exam or teeth cleaning.

To learn more about the benefits of special needs dentistry, make an appointment for your child at Pediatric Dental Group of New York by calling the nearest office today or scheduling online.