Special Needs


Compassionate Dental Care for Patients with Special Needs in Glen Ellyn, IL

At DPD Smiles, we strive to provide exceptional pediatric dental care to patients throughout the Glen Ellyn area in a warm, caring, and welcoming office environment. We take focused, personalized care with every patient we treat – but that's especially true for our patients with special needs. With years of experience treating patients with autism, down syndrome, and a variety of other special needs, every member of our team has developed a nurturing mindset and an intuitive understanding of how to best serve each and every patient – so no matter what your child needs from us, we'll help them feel comfortable and calm throughout the entire treatment process.

Expert Pediatric Dental Care for Any Level of Need

It doesn't matter what ability levels, needs, or quirks our patients have – we believe each one is special, unique, and deserving of the utmost care and respect. We place a strong emphasis on compassionate, customized care in our office, and we work closely with every patient and their family to ensure treatment fits into the patient's lifestyle and that they're comfortable at every point in the process. Our mentality is that caring, warm treatment is more important than almost anything, and we'll always take the time to care for patients in the ways they need to be cared for.

A Wide Range of Treatment Capabilities

If you're the parent of a child with special needs, we know how nerve wracking it can be to choose a doctor – but don't worry. Every member of our team has undergone specific training for working with patients with special needs, and we have the skills and knowledge to work with patients with a wide spectrum of needs and abilities. At our office, we happily and proudly care for patients including:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders including Asperger syndrome. Patients always require special needs dentistry
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Mental Retardation (mental challenges)
  • Seizer Disorders (epilepsy)
  • Cerebral Palsy requires special needs dentistry
  • Down Syndrome
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Asthma
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Visual, speech, and hearing impairments requiring special needs dentistry to improve communication with special needs dentist.
  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Fragile old patients requiring special needs dentistry

    Why Do Special Needs Patients Require A Special Needs Dentist?

    • Poor oral hygiene due to lack of ability for self-care may have serious health implications in persons with disabilities.
    • Special diets of pureed foods stick to the teeth and medications sweetened with syrup or sugar contribute to tooth decay.
    • Children with special needs need healthy teeth and gingiva to aid in speech development and allow the child to foods.
    • Oral trauma to the face and mouth occur more frequently in people with special needs because of poor muscle coordination or seizures.
    • Poor motor coordination such as with Cerebral Palsy inhibits the natural cleansing ability of the tongue, lips and cheeks.
    • Some medications such as anticonvulsants, antidepressants, antipsychotics and attention enhancers have adverse orofacial reactions.  The adverse reactions include:  dry mouth (xerostomia), gingival overgrowth (gingival hyperplasia), gum disease, dysphagia tongue edema and facial edema.
    • The chronic problems of aging such as heart disease, lung disorders, arthritis and type II diabetes may manifest themselves 15 to 20 years sooner in the person with disabilities

    Generally, we treat patients from their birth to the time they turn 18 – but for patients with special needs, we're always happy to make an exception and treat them into adulthood. At our office, the patient comes first, and if they feel most comfortable with us, we are more than happy to continue treating them and have the necessary expertise to provide comprehensive care for them well into adulthood. 

    Respect is Our Highest Priority

    At our office, there's one thing we enshrine above all else – respect. We respect every patient equally, working with them through a compassionate, loving, and nurturing framework. No matter what disability, set of behaviors, or comfort level is present, we'll work calmly and patiently with our patients to help them feel fully comfortable through every stage of the treatment process so they can develop a beautiful, healthy smile that will last a lifetime. At our office, patients always come first – and that's doubly true for patients with special needs.

    Contact Your Special Needs Dentist's Office Today

    If you're the parent of a child with special needs in the Glen Ellyn, IL area, there's no need to take chances with the health and mental well-being of your child. We've treated countless patients of every level of need in our office, and we would be absolutely thrilled to work with your child. Feel free to call us at 630-469-7696 with any questions, reach out to us at our contact page, or use our easy online form to request a consultation at our Glen Ellyn, IL office. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to making your child feel comfortable and at home while helping them achieve a healthy, beautiful smile!