Special Needs Dental Care Specialist

Suzanne Grady, DDS -  - Pediatric Dentist

Open Sesame Dentistry

Suzanne Grady, DDS

Pediatric Dentist & Special Needs Dentist located in Lincoln Square, New York, NY

There are 15 million children with special health care needs in America today. Unfortunately, many don’t get the dental care they need. Open Sesame Dentistry, located in the Lincoln Square area in Manhattan, makes special needs dental care more accessible for parents and their children. Caring pediatric dentist Suzanne Grady, DDS, understands the unique challenges that children with special needs may face, and she uses a customized approach to make sure that parents and children feel safe while receiving the very best care. Book an appointment online or call the New York City office to schedule your child’s visit.

Special Needs Dental Care Q&A

What is special needs dentistry?

Special needs dentistry focuses on the unique needs of children with:

  • Down syndrome and other genetic disorders
  • Cleft lip 
  • Cleft palate
  • Neurological disorders
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Vision impairment
  • Hearing impairment
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Other special needs or challenges

At Open Sesame Dentistry, Dr. Grady and her experienced team have extensive experience in treating children and adolescents with special needs. 

When would my child require special needs dentistry?

If your child has any conditions, challenges, or concerns that make dental appointments difficult, they may benefit from special needs dentistry. 

Dr. Grady and her team understand that it’s not always easy to maintain optimal oral health at home when your child has physical, mental, emotional, or behavioral challenges. 

Your child may also experience anxiety or even serious fear at the dentist’s office. Regardless of what you’re dealing with, Dr. Grady and the Open Sesame Dentistry team tailor every appointment for your child’s individual needs so they can get the necessary care safely and comfortably. 

Open Sesame Dentistry welcomes all special needs children in a calming, child-friendly environment. 

What dental problems can children with special needs have?

Special needs children may experience a variety of dental problems.

Tooth eruption issues

In some cases, as with Down syndrome and certain other congenital conditions, special needs children may experience tooth eruption much later than neurotypical children. This late tooth eruption can cause problems with oral health, as can extra teeth or missing teeth. 

Teeth grinding

Teeth grinding can be common in children with physical and intellectual disabilities. For example, children with cerebral palsy may regularly grind their teeth until the enamel wears down. 

Medication side-effects

Children with special needs may require medication that may come with systemic side effects. For example, some anti-epileptic medications can stimulate rapid gum tissue growth that causes oral health problems. 

Oral hygiene difficulties

Many special needs children may have difficulty keeping their teeth and gums clean. Dr. Grady can help parents implement preventive care strategies to maintain their child’s oral health at home. For example, if your child has a severe gag reflex, using a prescription fluoride rinse can help them fight tooth decay.

Dental anxiety

Dental anxiety is a problem for many children and adults — and the issue may be far more pronounced in special needs kids. Dr. Grady offers nitrous oxide sedation, a highly effective method of calming anxious young patients without lingering side effects. 

No matter what kind of oral health problems your special needs child faces, Dr. Grady and the Open Sesame Dentistry team are there to help. For compassionate care in an environment that’s tailored for special needs, call the New York City office or click the online scheduler.