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Going to the dentist can be stressful, and it’s especially so for those with developmental or behavioral issues and physical limitations. You’ve probably already vetted your child’s dentist to make sure she has experience with special needs patients, but what can you do to make check-ups easier? These tips from healthcare.gov can help:

• Ask your dentist if she offers pre-appointments; your kid can meet her and get a tour of the exam room so he’ll feel more prepared in the chair.

• Ask for advice to try at home, like tips to get him brushing on his own.

• If your kid’s anxiety might take over, ask the dentist about sedation options before your visit.

 

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