Special Needs Dentistry

General Dentists located in Galleria area, Houston, TX

Special Needs Dentistry

Heather M. Wilmore, DDS, is one of few providers in the Houston, Texas, area that provides special needs dentistry services to adults and children. Dr. Wilmore has the skill and training necessary to address the challenges people with disabilities face when undergoing dental exams or treatments. She offers a range of specialized services, including sedation dentistry, to promote a positive, relaxed experience for those with physical, developmental, or cognitive disorders. Call the Houston, Texas, office to learn more about the benefits of special needs dentistry, or book an appointment online today. 

Special Needs Dentistry Q & A

What is special needs dentistry?

The special needs dentistry services available at the office of Heather M. Wilmore, DDS, ensure adults and children with cognitive, physical, or developmental disabilities receive the dental care they need in a comfortable, safe space.

Dr. Wilmore has extensive experience assisting individuals aged 4-92 who have difficulties sitting in a dental chair for X-rays or treatment. She takes a patient-focused, compassionate approach to managing physical or emotional challenges and ensuring the best outcome for each visit.

When would I need special needs dentistry services?

You can benefit from the special needs dentistry services at Heather M. Wilmore, DDS, if you or your child have physical, mental, or emotional issues that can interfere with dental exams or treatment.

Dr. Wilmore provides high-quality dental services for adults and children with:

  • Autism
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Down’s syndrome
  • Learning disabilities
  • Neuromuscular conditions
  • Behavioral or mental disorders

Accommodations are also available for those with mobility issues that use a wheelchair or walker.

If you or your family have special circumstances that make routine dental care challenging, contact Dr. Wilmore to discuss your options. Before an exam, Dr. Wilmore meets with you or your child to learn more about the disability and assess your overall physical and emotional needs.

What are the benefits of special needs dentistry?

The specialized care Dr. Wilmore provides those with physical, cognitive, or developmental disabilities helps people feel more comfortable, confident, and empowered to practice good dental hygiene.

Dr. Wilmore’s patience and skill increase patient safety and lower risk factors for cavities, tooth loss, and gum disease. The staff ensures the office remains quiet and can adjust lights to accommodate those with sensory or overstimulation concerns.

The office is fully equipped with advanced sedation dentistry technologies, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas), to help adults and children relax or fall asleep during challenging exams or complex treatments.

Special needs dentistry also provides resources you and your family can use to protect against cavities and other dental complications. Dr. Wilmore also shows you how to care for your loved one’s teeth if they have difficulties brushing or flossing on their own.

Call the office of Heather M. Wilmore, DDS, to schedule a special needs dentistry consultation, or book an appointment online today.