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Special Needs Dentistry—Wylie, TX

Exceptional Dentistry for Every Child

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Our pediatric dentist in Wylie, Dr. Allen Pearson warmly welcomes every child who is in need of high-quality dental care. No matter the problem, our team can improve, repair, rebuild, and restore young smiles for a healthier, happier future. As a parent, we understand how important it is that your child receives personalized treatment, and if your little one has physical, mental, or sensory special needs, we are here to provide the help they need for a positive and enjoyable experience.

By informing us of any accommodations your child needs, we can ensure that you both leave our office feeling as if you’ve found your home for better oral healthcare. If you would like to learn more about what we can do for your child, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Why Choose Wylie Children’s Dentistry for Special Needs Dentistry?

  • Request Our Emotional Support Dog, Cooper!
  • Caring & Understanding Dental Team
  • Pediatric Dentist with 20+ Years of Experience

What Services Do We Offer for Children with Special Needs?

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At Wylie Children’s Dentistry, Dr. Pearson is passionate about providing children with positive dental experiences, so they have a reason to get excited about visiting us again in the future. He’s happy to meet the access needs of children with a spectrum of disabilities. Below are some of the services we offer for those with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities.

Get To Know Cooper

Cooper, Wylie Children’s Dentistry’s emotional support dog

As the founder and pediatric dentist at Wylie Children's Dentistry, Dr. Pearson knows first hand the importance of therapy dogs in helping children with anxiety at the dental office. One of these therapy dogs at the practice is Cooper, an eleven-year-old Boxer who has been providing comfort and support to children at the dental office for several years. Cooper is a well-trained and gentle dog with a friendly demeanor that makes him an ideal companion for children.

Safe & Comfortable Sedation Dentistry

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Dr. Pearson works with a Board-Certified medical anesthesiologist (MD) to provide three different types of sedation on-site, including nitrous oxide, oral conscious, and IV sedation. Depending on the severity of your child’s anxiety or the extent of the treatment they require, we can help guide you towards the best type of sedation to fit your little one’s needs.

Meeting Access Needs to Help Children Have a Positive Experience

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We regularly work with children experiencing a wide range of disabilities and are happy to do whatever we can to help them feel comfortable while they’re in our office. We welcome parents to bring stuffed animals or other toys that can help their child feel at-ease and are happy to make changes to our style of care to ensure your little one feels relaxed and safe.

Special Needs Present Unique Oral Healthcare Challenges

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Young smiles often suffer from decay and cavities because of a less-than-ideal diet and poor oral habits at home. But when it comes to a child with special needs, the importance of professional dental care is even greater simply because a normal oral hygiene routine may be a difficult undertaking or certain medications make them more prone to tooth decay and gum disease. Should worsening issues develop (i.e., tooth loss), it can have a devastating impact on a child’s self-esteem. Fortunately, with our help, you can feel confident that your child, no matter their disability, will receive the personalized care they need and deserve.

Dental Tips for Children with Special Needs

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The best way to help your child maintain a healthy and happy smile as they grow into adulthood is by following these key preventive measures:

  • Set them up for success with a daily at-home oral healthcare routine that includes brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing with mouthwash once a day. To encourage independence, you may consider different oral hygiene instruments adapted to their disabilities.
  • Don’t forget fluoride at each of their routine checkups and cleanings! This helps strengthen your child’s dental enamel and reduce their risk of developing cavities.
  • Start bringing them to their pediatric dentist early to help them get used to our office and team. It will allow them to start their dental health journey on a positive note!