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Do You Need a Special Needs Dentist? Elk Grove, CA
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Do You Need a Special Needs Dentist?

Going to the dentist and sitting in a dental chair for treatment isn’t easy for everyone. In fact, there are several physical, mental or behavioral disabilities that can make professional dental care a real challenge. If you have a member of your family that requires special needs dentistry, it is important to find a dentist who is qualified to offer them the care they deserve.

Not every dentist has the resources and training to treat patients with special needs. This requires an extra level of specialized training beyond the baseline dental education that is offered in dental school. At Laguna West Dental, we proudly treat special needs patients of all ages in our Elk Grove office.

What You Can Expect from a Special Needs Dentist

It takes patience and compassion to work with patients who have special needs. Beyond their soothing temperament, a qualified special needs dentist has also undergone training the following areas of study:

  • Communication with patients and their caregivers
  • Psychology and behavioral studies
  • Sedation dentistry
  • Provision of physical access to facilities

Patients Who Should Consider a Special Needs Dentist

Not sure if you or your family member could benefit from special needs dentistry? Here are some common situations that warrant this type of dental care:

Certain Medical Conditions
There are several medical conditions that can directly impact oral health or make you more vulnerable to certain dental health problems. You may require extra monitoring from your dentist.

Physical Disability
A patient that uses a wheelchair will need an accessible environment in the dental office and help getting into the dental chair. Others may have cerebral palsy or other physical limitations that make it difficult to get comfortable.

Cognitive Limitations
Dementia, severe Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury or even ADHD are mental conditions that can make it difficult for a patient to sit still through a dental procedure. These cognitive limitations may also obstruct their ability to practice good oral hygiene at home and require them to schedule more frequent dental cleanings.

Behavioral Issues or Psychiatric Problems
A special needs dentist is trained with the communication skills it takes to deal with difficult situations and ease the potentially severe anxiety of certain patients. It takes a trained dentist to emit the patience and tactics necessary to manage or de-escalate these situations.

Call Laguna West Dental today to learn more about our tactics and services that cater to special needs patients. We want to make dental care a positive and comfortable experience for every patient that walks through our doors.

Posted on behalf of Laguna West Dental Care in Elk Grove

9098 Laguna Main St Ste 8
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Phone: (916) 683-7300

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Our Patient Reviews

Laguna West Dental Care


Based on 19 reviews

Suzanne B.

As I was walking to my car after my appointment I thought, I sure am happy I come here. I get warm friendly service and gentle, thorough care throughout my visit. Dr. Chan and his staff are the best.

Jennifer B.

We've been so very happy with Dr. You and his staff since we moved to Sacramento in 1985! We've followed him to the current location in Laguna...he and his staff take such good care of all our dental needs. I have no hesitation in recommending their services!

Stephanie O.

In my 65 years on the planet, and hundreds of hours in former dentists' offices, Dr. You and his staff are by far the best I've ever encountered. My very recent crown replacement was 100 percent pain free! All phases of treatment, from removal of the old crown, mold taking and making, to the permanent placement with my brand new well-matched molar, was seamless. I respect and applaud Laguna West Dental Care for taking such talented care of me.

Janet S.

Since retiring, I drive and hour and a half each way to continue to see Dr. You and his entire staff ... and I hate to drive. No better dentist and hygenists in Sacramento and I have tried others over the years. Thank you for a great experience each and every time Laguna West!

Norman H.

In my 50+ years, I've probably had 7 to 8 dentists and have had my share of bad experiences that made me fearful of going to the dentist. But, after switching to Dr. Chan in 1991, I really couldn't be happier and don't dread dental appointments anymore. Dr. Chan is gentle and exceptionally good at giving shots that I can barely feel. He even calls me in the evening after every procedure to make sure I'm doing okay. The staff is friendly and caring and the facilities are nice. Highly recommended.

Carol D.

We've been patients of Dr. You and Dr. Chan since my son was in kindergarten - now a County employee. Everyone on the staff is great. I had one bad experience with a dentist referred by my insurance co. - I'd NEVER see a dentist again without a personal referral. Consider this mine to you -- Laguna West is an excellent choice!