Special Needs Patients

35-Dr-Weideman01We are committed to providing the best dental care for all children regardless of their developmental or other special health care needs. The American Association of Pediatric Dentists defines persons with special health care needs as individuals who have a physical, developmental, mental, sensory, behavioral, cognitive, or emotional impairment or limiting condition that requires medical management, health care intervention and/or use of specialized services or programs.

If the individual is not capable of self care, it is essential that people who are in daily contact with the individual become engaged in the prevention of dental disease and other aspects of the individual’s oral health care.

We are specifically trained to diagnose dental problems and treat these special patients in our practice. Our reward is forming life-long friendships with them and their care givers.

30-Dr-Cindy-Special-Needs-Boy-Dog-2014_nBy establishing our office as their dental home, our special needs patients learn individualized preventive oral health practices which significantly reduce their risk of preventable dental/oral disease.

More complex oral care will be identified and referred to the appropriate dental specialist who also works with the special needs population. You can be assured our office will give your special needs child the attention and gentleness he/she requires for a positive and successful dental experience.

5-Christmas-2014Dr. Cindy Weideman received the You Light the Way Award from the San Juan Unified School District in appreciation for outstanding contributions to the students in special education. The California Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped has recognized Dr. Weideman’s volunteer dental services for disabled patients. Renee DuPriest, RDH, has been treating our special needs patients for over fifteen years. In recognition of her outstanding work, she received the Medical Service Award from the Sacramento Association of the Retarded.

Refer to the American Dental Association for tips for people who have special needs.