Between 2010 and 2020, the prevalence of autism rose from 1 in 125 children to 1 in 59. To raise awareness, encourage early childhood screening, and improve acceptance, the Autism Society proclaimed April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day and the entire month of April as Autism Acceptance Month.
At our Michigan pediatric dental and orthodontic practice, we recognize Autism Acceptance Month and what it means to live and work beside our patients with Autism. Our office has a proud tradition of serving all in our community and it remains a huge goal of ours to enhance the quality of life for children who have autism and walk beside their families in providing safe, healthy and effective dental and orthodontic care.
What That Means for Dental Care
Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan strives to be an industry leader when it comes to accessible dental care for children with autism. Our dental practice design, expert staff, and training help us provide safe and effective care for children with special needs. We strive to be attentive to the unique circumstance that our individual families face for children with autism. While some of our normal techniques are on pause during the pandemic, we traditionally provide flexible scheduling, office tours, and private consultation areas that are especially helpful for easing the transition into a new care setting. We know that some transitions can be especially challenging for children with autism and that the first several encounters are extremely crucial when it comes to a child’s perception of visiting the dentist.
Our Commitment to Bettering Children’s Lives
At Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan, it is part of our culture and it is in our hearts to celebrate each individual and the different things that make our pediatric and orthodontic patient families unique. That’s why we’ve created a family-centered dental specialty practice where children of all backgrounds and needs can receive the level of care they deserve.
While our pediatric dentists and orthodontists in Michigan with significant experience in care for children that have special needs, we encourage you to let us know how we can make the transition into our practice a positive one for you or your child. We’re here to work at your child’s pace and provide a calm, welcoming atmosphere at all times.
Lastly, we do apologize that some of the changes we had to make to operate safely during the pandemic have changed some of the policies and procedures we normally provide. We are trying our best to serve as many needs in our community while maintaining safe business and clinical practices for our patients and dental care team. We sincerely hope to get back to some of our more normal practices and procedures soon and we appreciate your patience with us as we continue to navigate the pandemic-related changes that are required to provide safe care during this time.
About Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan
Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan has specialized in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics since 1968. Our family-friendly and newly renovated office gives patients and families a more comfortable and consistent experience with dentistry from the very beginning. Our pediatric dentists treat children from newborn to 18 years of age while our orthodontists provide care for both children and adults and are proud to be Premier Providers of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen services. We have the ability to treat all patients with compassion and individuality, including those that may have special needs as we have treatment rooms available for children who require additional privacy and customized care options. We pioneered valued hospital affiliations to allow dental services to be performed at DMC Children’s Hospital and St. John Macomb Hospital, when appropriate or necessary, and our specialists are also proud to be on staff at Henry Ford and Beaumont hospitals.