Children with special health care needs may require sedation even for routine cleanings, restorative procedures, and minimal oral surgery.
If there is concern about a childâ€™s cooperation or ability to tolerate oral manipulation, consider referral to a pediatric dentist or a specialist with training in sedation.
Pediatric Office Screening
Oral examination may be more difficult in a child with special health care needs. The primary care physician should make increased efforts to complete an examination checklist.
Early referral to a dental professional comfortable treating children with SHCN (typically a pediatric dentist) will help ensure the oral examination is complete and all issues are addressed.