Special Needs Dentistry for Children


Pediatric Services

If you are looking for a dentist that is specifically trained to care for patients with special needs (both children and adults), Woodhill Dental Specialties might be worth a visit. They have two offices, one in Dallas, TX and a newly built facility in Rockwall, TX. Contact them today for a consultation or appointment.

Woodhill Dental Specialties is committed to providing all of our patients with the highest quality of dental care. This doesn’t just mean cleaning teeth and filling cavities — it means doing everything we can to make dental appointments a positive experience. Woodhill Dental Specialties has been caring for patients, including those with special needs since 1949. Whether patients have physical, cognitive, or other developmental considerations, we tailor our services to meet their specific needs and work with every patient on an individual basis.

The education of a pediatric dentist includes targeted training in how to provide safe and comfortable treatment for patients with special needs. The doctors, dental assistants, hygienists, and office staff who work at Woodhill Dental Specialties all offer compassionate care and understanding to help put your child at ease. Some of our assistants and hygienists have been caring for patients with special needs for 20+ years. We know that, as a parent, bringing your child to a dental office can be stressful for you as well. Our team is happy to work with you as well, to do whatever we can to make your visits to our office as stress-free as possible.


How We Serve Patients With Special Needs


Children with special needs are particularly vulnerable to dental issues. According to the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, dental care is the leading unmet healthcare need among children with special needs. To make it easier for you to meet your child’s dental healthcare needs, we offer the following services:

  • Working with your child’s therapists and healthcare providers to come up with a comprehensive dental health strategy.
  • Helping you find adaptive aids to make home oral hygiene practices easier for your child.
  • Providing extra fluoride treatments or dental sealants as an extra safeguard against tooth decay for children who struggle with brushing.
  • Having the same doctor and staff members at each of your child’s appointments for familiarity and their comfort.
  • Listening to your child and respecting their boundaries.
  • Offering a variety of sedation options, such as nitrous oxide, mild oral sedation and even in-office anesthesia or hospital sedation when deemed necessary.

If your child has special needs, please let us know prior to their first appointment so we can prepare for their visit and make any accommodations they need.


Frequently Asked Questions About Special Needs Dentistry

What are special needs patients?

The American Dental Association defines special needs patients as patients who have physical, medical, developmental, or cognitive conditions that require modifications in our usual dental treatments. We also consider children with extreme dental phobias to be patients with special needs.


How do you deal with a special needs patient?

The same way we treat all of our patients, on an individual basis. Any modification or changes we need to make to our tried and true approach, we will make, and then record in our notes for future visits. Working with each patient’s unique needs helps us make visits to our office positive and stress-free.


Can my child be sedated for dental cleanings?

Yes, but we typically recommend we try without sedation first. We always have the option to use nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to help patients relax during dental cleanings and other procedures. This is our preferred sedation option, but in some circumstances, IV sedation may be needed. Before your child’s appointment, contact their doctor to discuss your concerns.