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Dental appointments can cause stress and anxiety for some patients but tend to be especially challenging for those with special needs. Certain types of underlying health conditions or disabilities can make it more difficult for patients to tolerate dental work. Special needs dentistry utilizes various methods to help patients relax and feel calm while undergoing dental procedures. Dr. Nidhi Sikka and the dental team at Sikka Dental in San Jose are experienced providers of special needs dentistry.
Special Needs Dentistry
Having special needs can potentially interfere with a patient’s ability to undergo essential or dental work. Even a routine checkup with teeth cleaning can be challenging. For some patients, the experience can cause extensive stress and anxiety. For others, a dental setting can cause physical discomfort due to a health condition. For example, patients with asthma could potentially experience difficulty breathing during a dental exam. Special needs dentistry makes it possible for anyone to receive the essential dental care they need for optimal oral health.
At our family dental practice in San Jose, we specialize in special needs dentistry. Our team of dental professionals, led by Dr. Sikka, has the skills, training, and experience to deliver exceptional oral health services to all types of patients, including those with special needs. We can accommodate a wide range of individual needs and always treat all our patients in a friendly, gentle, sensitive, and caring manner.
Special needs dentistry can benefit patients with various conditions or concerns, including:
- Down Syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Mental challenges
- Dental anxiety
Hospital and Sedation Dentistry
Depending on the specific needs of the patient, either hospital or sedation dentistry methods can be incorporated as part of special needs dentistry. Sedation dentistry involves the use of sedatives to reduce anxiety and help patients relax during dental procedures. Different types of sedatives can be used, such as a nitrous oxide or laughing gas. For some patients, full IV sedation is the best option.
Hospital dentistry involves performing dental work in a hospital setting where it is possible to utilize greater sedation options so that patients can sleep through their procedures. Hospital dentistry can benefit patients with severe dental anxiety who need extensive dental work, as well as patients with certain disabilities, behavioral disorders, or other conditions.
Our skilled and nurturing dental team can accommodate patients with a board range of special needs. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sikka for special needs dentistry, call Sikka Dental in San Jose at (408) 259-1280.
Maintaining oral health takes real work. However, unlike studying overnight for a final exam, home dental hygiene takes just minutes every day. Whatever your age--child, teen, adult or elderly--your dentist in San Jose, CA, will help you with those important habits. Dr. Nidhi Sikka is the preventive care expert you need for your healthiest smile.
Your beautiful smile has an enemy
It bites, chews, helps you speak and keeps your face youthful. If you lose teeth, have dental pain, develop gum disease or other oral health problems, smile function changes, and so does your systemic health. The American Heart Association says periodontal problems appear strongly linked to cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and more.
The hidden perpetrator of dental problems is Strep bacteria which breed in plaque and tartar. The more these biofilms accumulate in your mouth, the more oral microbes attack enamel, gum tissue, and more. In other words, the smallest things cause the biggest problems. What's the answer? Be watchful and get rid of that bacteria!
Your home oral care
It defends against bacterial attack. Yes, you do need the semi-annual visits with your elderly dentist in San Jose, as advised by the American Dental Association (ADA), but brushing, flossing, and a nutritious diet are the real foundations of healthy gums and teeth.
So, here's what your San Jose dentist recommends you do, whether you're young, elderly, or in-between:
- Consume a low-carbohydrate diet, and drink plenty of water to maximize saliva production.
- Brush two times a day for at least two minutes.
- Use fluoride toothpaste to harden tooth enamel.
- Floss daily with strand floss, inter-dental picks, a water flossing device or a Y-flosser.
- Inspect your gums and teeth frequently, looking for changes in the soft tissues, tooth color, and shape or in any restorations you have.
Tooth loss happens
But, you don't have to let it happen to you. Enjoy excellent oral health as you take care of your smile every day. At Sikka Dental, Dr. Nidhi Sikka and her team will help you with in-office preventive, restorative and cosmetic dental care.
During the nation's pandemic crisis, our San Jose office is closed. However, your dentist is still available for emergencies. Please call or text us at (408) 259-1280 if you need urgent care.
Could hospital dentistry make visiting the dentist a little easier for you or a loved one?
When you come into Sikka Dental in San Jose, CA, patients of all ages can expect to get comprehensive and compassionate dental care, no matter if they are getting a simple cleaning or a root canal. Of course, our dentist, Dr. Nidhi Sikka, also understands that some patients may need a different approach to dentistry. Which is why we also offer hospital dentistry to patients living in San Jose, CA, and the surrounding areas.
When people think of dentists they often think of small practices where dentistry is at the forefront, but hospital dentistry allows patients with certain health problems or concerns to be able to get the dental care they need when an in-office dental setting just isn’t enough.
Who can benefit from hospital dentistry?
There are many reasons someone may choose to see our dentist at one of the local San Jose, CA, hospitals. Patients dealing with chronic illnesses such as muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy, along with patients dealing with mental or neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD, Autism, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder can get the care they need with more treatment and sedation options to cater to their special needs. This is also a great option for patients undergoing chemotherapy, as well as medically compromised patients who still need routine dental care.
Furthermore, we know that accidents happen. If you have knocked out a tooth or are dealing with severe bleeding from a soft-tissue injury, you probably already know that you need emergency attention. Luckily, you can still turn to the same dentist you know and trust just in a hospital setting where we can provide the proper treatment and care to stitch up that wound or re-implant the knocked-out tooth.
Give us a call!
If you have questions about hospital dentistry and how it could benefit you or someone you love, then call Sikka Dental in San Jose, CA, at (408) 259-1280 to learn more.
Everyone has a fear about something--snakes, heights, scary movies. For some, it's going to the dentist, and no matter how bad their teeth get, these people can't get the care they deserve. To provide comfort and relaxation, Dr. Nidhi Sikka offers sedation dentistry in her San Jose, CA, office. Sedation dentistry is a real blessing. Learn more about it here.
FAQs about Sedation Dentistry
Why are People Afraid of the Dentist? The Cleveland Clinic reports that up to 15 percent of American adults are so afraid of going to the dentist that they feel panicked and often just won't go. Maybe, they are claustrophobic, gag easily, hate needles or the sounds of the dental office, or have trouble sitting still for long periods of time. Some patients have had bad experiences at other dental offices.
Whatever the cause is, dental phobia prevents people from getting care they need, often resulting in pain, tooth loss, gum disease and more. That's why Dr. Sikka and her team believe sedation dentistry is so important.
What Kinds of Sedation are there? Your San Jose, CA, office offers a wide range of sedation options. So, don't worry. There's one right for you. Local anesthetic is a medicine injected into the areas around the affected teeth that numbs both hard and soft tissue. This medicine is good for cleanings, fillings, crowns, and even tooth replacements such as dental implants.
Sikka Dental also offers IV sedation, administered through a needle in the arm. This medicine allows you to totally relax or even drift off to sleep while you have numerous or complex procedures done, such as multiple extractions. Your vital signs and level of wakefulness will be fully monitored throughout, and you'll wake easily with a gentle shake on the shoulder. Most people who undergo IV sedation don't remember their dental visits afterwards.
Is Sedation Safe? Dr. Sikka will carefully review your medical history. Also, IV sedation is administered and monitored by an anesthesiologist for optimal results and safety.
Does the Medication Wear Off Afterwards? Yes, it does, and relatively quickly, too. If you have IV sedation, you'll need a family member or friend to drive you home.
What Procedures need Sedation? It all depends on the individual and the procedure. In general, the more complex a treatment is, more medication is needed. Dr. Sikka will discuss your options with you beforehand, so you're fully informed.
Find Out More
Please don't postpone your dental care because of anxiety. At Sikka Dental, we know we can make you totally comfortable, so you can have a healthy, attractive, well-functioning smile. For a sedation consultation, please contact our San Jose, CA, office at (408) 259-1280.
What can your San Jose, CA, dentist offer people with special needs
Special needs dentistry provides both child and adult patients who have medical, physical, or mental conditions with the care they need. Your San Jose, CA, dentist accommodates the treatment rooms and preventative special dental care.
Special Needs Disorders
Special needs dentistry addresses problems affecting patients with disabilities. Some conditions that require special needs dentistry include:
- Autism and autism spectrum disorders: A developmental disorder affecting general communication and behavior.
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD): A brain disorder that interferes with an individuals attention through increased hyperactivity and impulsivity.
- Mental Challenges: This is any condition or mental disease that affects the brain and influences an individual's thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and how one relates to others.
- Seizer Disorders (Epilepsy): Seizures are when unusual electrical activity in the brain causes abnormal movements or behavior.
- Cerebral Palsy (CP): A neurological disorder that affects body movement and muscle coordination.
- Down Syndrome: A genetic disorder that causes characteristic facial features, physical growth delays, and mild to moderate intellectual disability.
- Asthma: A common inflammatory disease characterized by airflow obstruction, wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.
- Muscular Dystrophy: A group of diseases that cause loss of muscle mass.
If you are taking care of any individuals with special needs, make sure you provide them with a proper hygienic regimen.
- Make sure they brush twice a day with fluoride-containing toothpaste and floss once daily
- Make sure you take them to the dentist's office for checkups
- Change their toothbrush when bristles are frayed, and/or after they've recovered from a cold
Dentists specializing in special needs have experience providing patients with the care they need. If you would like more information about special needs dentistry, call your San Jose, CA, dentist at (408) 259-1280 today!