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Disability Dental Services Blog

What to Expect: An Emergency Dental Visit

February 14, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — disabilitydent @ 5:27 pm
woman holding her face in pain at the dentist’s office

This has never happened before. When you wake up, your loved one with special needs has a tooth throbbing in pain, and they need to see an emergency dentist immediately! But they’ve only ever had a routine checkup and cleaning or previously scheduled care. You may not know what to expect during this type of urgent appointment. After you give their dentist’s office a call and tell them about your loved one’s situation and accommodation needs, they arrange for you to come in as soon as possible, but what will an emergency visit look like? It may give you peace of mind to know the dentist will likely follow these three steps during the appointment.


Use It or Lose It: Getting the Most from Your Child’s Dental Insurance

December 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — disabilitydent @ 12:48 pm
A parent getting the most from their kid’s dental insurance

When your child has special needs, it’s easy to just focus on finding them dental care. The search is tricky – not every dentist can treat patients with disabilities. That said, don’t let yourself neglect the payment side. You should try to get the most from your kid’s dental insurance. Luckily, your Grand Prairie dentist can offer some tips to that effect. Here are four great ways to maximize your unique child’s dental benefits.


Should Your Child with Special Needs Use Oral Conscious Sedation?

October 1, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — disabilitydent @ 1:36 pm
young girl with special needs finger painting

Bringing a child to the dentist is always a bit stressful, but it can seem almost impossible if your little one has special needs. Due to a variety of factors, children with special needs tend to experience much higher levels of dental anxiety, and coupled with sensory issues, this can lead to a less-than-ideal experience for everyone. Thankfully, sedation dentistry is a safe and proven way to calm even the worst dental nerves, and one of the simplest forms is oral conscious sedation. It may be able to give you the peace of mind you deserve while ensuring your child is able to relax while receiving their much-needed dental care.


Exploring Pain Perception in Root Canals

August 18, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — disabilitydent @ 2:45 pm
A model depicting a root canal treatment held in a dentist's hands

Root canal treatment is one of the scariest-sounding procedures out there. When movies and TV want to make a joke about dentists, they are often portrayed as sellers of pain who delight in the misery of their patients. They usually stand over someone with a comically large drill and declare, “It’s time for a root canal!”

Firstly, these notions about dentists enjoying pain are false. Your dentist will do everything in their power to ensure that any procedure that you undertake is free from pain. Secondly, the procedure for a root canal doesn’t have to be scary, it can be fascinating! Continue reading to see how a root canal is performed and what to expect after treatment.


Crucial Items for Your Loved One’s Dental Emergency Kit

June 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — disabilitydent @ 12:42 pm
An emergency dental kit

Accidents can happen to anyone, no matter their personal situation. That’s simply a plain fact of life. As such, your disabled loved one could face a dental emergency someday. You’d be wise to plan ahead for that possibility. Luckily, your Grand Prairie dentist has a suggestion: make an emergency dental kit for your friend or family member. This tool collection will protect your precious person’s smile. As for what to pack in it, here are four crucial items you ought to include.


Busting 4 Myths About Tooth Extractions

April 6, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — disabilitydent @ 11:57 pm
Tooth extraction illustration

Do you or a loved one have a tooth that is causing nothing but trouble? A tooth extraction is never the first option of your dentist, but sometimes it is necessary to preserve the health of the rest of your smile. With so many misconceptions out there, many patients find themselves anxious about their upcoming procedure. Fortunately, a tooth extraction isn’t such a scary thing after all. Here are some of the most common myths out there and why they aren’t true.


Down Syndrome’s Effects on Oral Health

February 7, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — disabilitydent @ 6:40 pm
portrait of someone with down syndrome

Down syndrome, like any other condition, affects people in a wide variety of ways. Oftentimes, the physical symptoms of Down syndrome aren’t talked about nearly enough, which means that people with the condition and their loved ones may not fully understand them.

In particular, Down syndrome can have some serious effects on these patients’ oral health. Here are some of the most common ways that Down syndrome patients’ teeth are affected by their condition.


4 Dental Care Tips for Children with Special Needs

November 21, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — disabilitydent @ 12:42 am
a child with special needs smiling happily

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over half of the children in the U.S. (52%) have had a cavity. It is essential to help children maintain their oral health in order to keep their teeth safe from tooth decay. If your little one has a physical, emotional, behavioral, intellectual, or communication disability, they may need even more assistance with their dental hygiene routine. Fortunately, there are things you can do to keep your child’s smile whole and healthy! Read on for four helpful tips.


3 Non-Candy Halloween Treats for Your Little Ghoul

October 25, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — disabilitydent @ 12:07 pm
crossed out Halloween candy

Halloween is just around the corner, and it probably causes mixed feelings for parents. Of course, it’s always great to see your child dress up, have fun, and simply enjoy being a kid. On the other hand, all that candy is an easy way to bring on a tummy ache along with cavities, which people with special needs already have an increased risk for. Thankfully, the holiday doesn’t have to be all about sweets anymore. Here are three kid-approved candy alternatives you can offer your child that will allow them to celebrate while keeping their smile safe.


How Mental Health Issues Impact Your Oral Health

September 14, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — disabilitydent @ 6:28 pm
patient speaking to dentist about mental health effects on smiles

Depression can affect many aspects of your life. Those suffering from depression may have a lot of trouble going to work, school, or social events. They may also struggle with adequately caring for themselves, and this extends to their smiles. Though the impacts of depression on your state of mind is a popular discussion topic, not many people know how it can harm your oral health. Continue reading to learn how mental health impacts your oral health and how you can better care for your smile while getting the help you need.

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