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Find out how our dental practice can help those with special needs.
When it comes to finding a dentist, we know that nothing is more important than finding one that understands and listens to each patient’s unique needs. So, what if you or a loved one has special needs? You are in luck! Our dentist Dr. Nidhi Sikka offers special needs dentistry to patients living in and around San Jose, CA. Dr. Sikka and her team understand that those with physical, medical, developmental and cognitive health problems have unique dental needs and require the proper dental care to maintain healthy smiles.
What to Expect
Here at Sikka Dental every member of our team understands the unique concerns and needs of their various special needs patients. When you schedule an appointment, our goal is to get as much information from you as possible to ensure that we are providing you with the individualized care and attention you deserve. Those with physical and medical-related special needs that prevent them from coming into our San Jose, CA, clinic can ask us about our at-home dentistry services.
We work with patients of all ages with a variety of special needs including,
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome
- Serious and complicated health problems such as weakened immune systems and organ failure
- Physical disabilities such as neurological conditions
- Behavioral and emotional disorders including autism and ADHD
- Blindness and deafness
- Intellectual disabilities including congenital genetic abnormalities (e.g. fragile X syndrome)
We also offer sedation dentistry here at our practice, which is safe for patients of all ages and can be helpful in easing anxiety or fear around the dental office. It can also help patients feel more comfortable in the dental chair, particularly if they need to sit in one position for extended periods of time (this is often the case if a patient requires more complex or multiple dental procedures).
Our practice is also handicap accessible and our team can assist in transferring patients from their wheelchairs to the dental chair. From the moment you sit down in our chair, we are taking into account how you or your loved one’s special needs can impact their oral health, and providing them with the individualized care and treatment they need. We will focus on,
- Emergency dentistry including treating cavities or extracted teeth
- Assessing periodontal health to look for signs of gum disease
- Providing insight and education into how to maintain optimal oral health and prevent cavities and gum disease
- Replacing missing teeth or repairing damaged teeth
- Establishing routine dental exams and care with the patient
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with Dr. Sikka, or if you have questions about our special needs dentistry here at Sikka Dental, call our San Jose, CA, practice today at (408) 259-1280.
As we age, there can be many changes to our health and wellness that require routine care and intervention. But while it remains important to see our primary care physician to take care of our bodies, it is equally as important to continue to see a dentist for routine oral care to take care of our teeth and gums. Dr. Nidhi Sikka of Sikka Dental in San Jose, CA, is a premier dentist who can help care for you or your loved one throughout the aging process.
Oral health is often related to our overall health. Therefore, a healthy mouth can help to reduce the risk of other potentially harmful conditions within the body. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of routine oral care in the elderly in San Jose, CA.
Benefits of Seeing a Dentist
While it is important to maintain a daily routine for oral hygiene at all ages, including brushing and flossing, it is equally as important to continue to see a dentist so that they can look closer at your teeth and gums to assess potential problems that may not be evident to those of us without a professional eye. For example, a dentist may find emerging signs of tooth decay or gum disease that, if detected early, may reduce the risk of further health complications.
The emergence of gum disease can increase your risk for heart attack, stroke, and heart disease. Decaying teeth may need to be treated via a root canal, adding additional stress on the body and unnecessary risk to aging individuals. All of these problems can be diminished with regular visits to the dentist, especially if you are in the elderly population in San Jose.
Finding a Dentist That's Right For You
Just like when finding a doctor, it is important to look for a dentist with your unique needs in mind. If you or someone you know is elderly in the San Jose, CA, area, you should consider Dr. Sikka for routine oral care. For questions or appointments please call (408) 259-1280 today.
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.