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Special Needs Dentistry Paired with Specialty Care in Walnut Creek

walnut creek special needs dentistHaving a trusted dental team to treat your child’s needs is essential, especially when it comes to caring for those with special needs. At Shadelands Pediatric Dentistry, our team works closely with you to ensure we deliver the dental care your child needs in a calming and attentive environment.

Our pediatric dentist, Dr. Melissa Lopez, and her associate, Dr. Judyth Lee, have extensive training that helps them to interact positively with children with special needs and provide them with specialized care. This includes offering behavior management solutions and dental sedation options designed to help your child relax and feel safe.

We are fully qualified to accommodate all children with special needs, including those with physical, emotional, developmental, cognitive, and sensory impairments. Contact Shadelands Pediatric Dentistry to schedule an appointment for your child today!


Providing Specialized Care for Children with Special Needs

childrens dentist trained to care for special needsMany children often require a more sensitive approach to their dental care. Those with physical, developmental, medical, or cognitive conditions deserve care that keeps their needs in mind. Our Walnut Creek pediatric dentist has this intricate training. This allows Dr. Lopez to provide specialized care that most general dentists aren’t equipped to provide.

Thanks to her extensive training and many years of experience, our pediatric dentist is also on staff at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. Dr. Lopez can work directly with various doctors and surgeons to ensure your child receives the care they need. During complex treatment, she monitors and assists the experts to ensure your child gets effective, comprehensive treatment.

Skilled & Compassionate Dentistry Services We Provide

When it comes to treating more sensitive children, we do all we can to provide comprehensive care with a genuinely compassionate and thorough approach. We understand that children and their parents in these circumstances may find it more challenging to maintain proper oral hygiene at home. Dr. Lopez takes her time getting to know your unique situation, educating you and your child, and making honest recommendations for treatment.

We provide the following services tailored to your child’s special needs:

From the moment you arrive at our office, you know your child will receive the dedicated care and attention they deserve. Our pediatric dental staff is here to support you and your child and help them protect their smile for many years to come.

How Can I Prepare My Child for Their Visit?

preparing a special needs child for first dentist visitIf your child is old enough, we recommend talking with them calmly before their appointment. Taking the time to explain the process positively can help them prepare for their upcoming visit and understand why it’s important. Communicating with your child honestly can also reduce the chances of them feeling anxious or being upset when they arrive at our office.

Take your time and let them ask questions. If your child has a question that you’re unsure how to answer, please call our office. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be available to assist you with whatever you need.

What if My Child Can’t Relax?

It may be necessary to add pediatric sedation into your child’s treatment plan to ensure they can relax. Dr. Lopez is trained and licensed to administer all forms of sedation to children, including those with special needs. We always evaluate your child’s unique situation and behavioral patterns before recommending sedation as an option.

Contact Us for Quality Pediatric Dentistry in Walnut Creek

At Shadelands Pediatric Dentistry, helping children achieve healthy and confident smiles through positive dental experiences is what we do. We’re honored to be given the opportunity to provide compassionate dentistry to those who need it most. No matter your child's needs, Dr. Melissa Lopez and her team are here to deliver care in a calming, respectful, and trusting environment. Contact our office to schedule an appointment for your child today!


Contact Us

We encourage you to contact us with any questions or comments you may have. Please call our office or use the quick contact form below.

Office Location

  • Walnut Creek
  • 520 Lennon Ln
  • Suite A
  • Walnut Creek, CA
  • 94598
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  • Call: (925) 930-9390