Special Needs Dentistry

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Some of our patients require extra special dental care in a private room or hospital setting. Patients with special needs are those who due to physical, medical, developmental, or cognitive conditions require special care and consideration when receiving dental treatment. This can include children with autism, spinal cord injuries, Down syndrome, anxiety, and other conditions that make standard dental procedures more difficult.

Our motto is to provide special care for ALL people that seek our care for their dental needs, no matter their race, background, or any other contributing health factor. In particular, our dental office has implemented strategies to make patients that may respond negatively to traditional sensory experiences in a dental office feel more comfortable. We use a lot of tell-show-do, and provide patients with “bite-sized” appointments that are easy to manage. We invest a lot of time at the beginning of the care relationship getting the patients accustomed to the office. Most importantly, we differentiate patient needs and provide care in both group and private settings depending on what is best for your child.

Our doctors have both the compassion and understanding to accommodate patients that have special needs. Therefore, our office features special care rooms where customized, controlled, and safe care can be provided to all children. Additionally, many of our pediatric dentists are boarded through the Detroit Medical Center Children’s Hospital and the St. John Health System.  Our patients can conveniently be scheduled for appointments at Children’s Hospital and St. John Macomb through the hospital coordinator in our Clinton Township office when this is indicated. If your child has special needs or requires special considerations in the delivery of dental care, please let us know when making your appointment, so we can be sure to create a positive experience and accommodate those needs from the very minute you enter our office.

“They work wonderful with my son who is on the Autism Spectrum. Very accommodating to his needs to always be sure he feels comfortable. I have never had a bad experience and my son loves coming here, extra bonus!”

Meghan R.

“This office is fantastic! When my daughter was young, we had a tough time finding a dentist that we were comfortable with. One even said they couldn’t help her (she was a preemie, had some developmental issues with her mouth/nose/throat, and had several nose surgeries). From the first visit here, Dr. Mak noted her special needs on her chart, and he and the staff took great care of her like they do with the rest of their patients!”

Ruth G.

“Today was my 3 year old son’s first appointment. As a dental hygienist of 19 years, I know the importance of dental hygiene but I also know that my son’s sensory disorder would require special attention. Throughout my career I have referred patients to this office and it was my pleasure to take my son here. His hygienist, Linda Cobb, was wonderful and so patient with him. Dr Mak was awesome as well. I can not thank your office enough!!”

Kimberly K.

“My son has WAGR syndrome, CP and had chemotherapy for cancer. The chemo really did a number on his teeth. I was so worried how he was going to react going for the 1st time. This place was absolutely amazing. My son is 3 with many special needs and this place made him feel as comfortable as possible. We are so lucky to have found them!”

Cathryne C.

“I drive from Oxford to take my son to this dentistry office. Knowledgeable about special needs, compassionate and gentle!”

Heather B.

“A great place to take your kids. We have an autistic eight year old and they do an awesome job with him!!!”

Kelly L.

“The staff is amazing! My child has special needs and chipped his tooth. They got him in the next day and Dr. Mak and Holly were so great with him! That visit was the first time he didn’t cry at a dentist appointment in 8 years! We will continue to go back!”

Rebecca W.

“I am so thankful for Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan. They are so kind to my children. I have 2 boys with autism and they love going to the dentist and feel so comfortable. These Dentists and staff are angels!”

Melissa B.

“I love this group of people they are the best. My son is Down syndrome they have done a great, great job I highly recommend them I wouldn’t want him go to anyone else. Just plain excellent!!”

Judith G.

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