Dentists and Dental Care
Going to the dentist can be a cause for anxiety for most of us, but it’s a very different feeling for those with autism. Patients with autism often have extreme sensory and oral motor integration issues. All of the tools, noise, and people can easily stress a patient out. Some families find it helpful to use dentists who have experience with children and adults with autism.
Autism and Dental Care, A Guide for Dental Treatment by Our Dental Care Blog – www.emergencydentistsusa.com/autism-and-dental-care/
Autism Speaks Dental Tool Kit –www.autismspeaks.org/sites/default/files/documents/dentalguide.pdf
Anesthesia and Dental Procedures for Children and Adults with Autism
Many children and adults with ASD may need to be put under anesthesia for dental procedures. Medical insurance is responsible for the general anesthesia needed for dental treatment if a person is under the age of 7 or has a disability — however, medical insurance will only pay in a hospital setting or outpatient surgical center. There are two of these currently in the Inland Empire: Loma Linda Koppel Special Care Dentistry Center or Redlands Dental Surgery Center. Both are considered outpatient surgery centers. Kaiser Permanente can also arrange for in-hospital anesthesia for dental procedures.
Loma Linda Koppel Special Care Dentistry Center
Treats the individuals that cannot sit through a normal dental visit. All of the procedures performed at our facility are done under general anesthesia. While our patients are under, we usually perform a number of procedures. Ranging from simple cleanings to complex endodontic surgeries, they attempt to take care of patients’ dental concerns in one visit. The Koppel Special Care Dentistry Center is located at the LLU School of Dentistry in Prince Hall. Prince Hall is the home of several other dental clinics and dental academic programs.
Redlands Dental Surgery Center
1180 Nevada St, Ste 100, Redlands
Provides dental treatment for patients who require general anesthesia for dental care.
"Autism Friendly" Dentists
Chino Valley Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Johnny Ma
13768 Roswell Avenue, Suite 221, Chino
Parent recommended. Specializes in children with autism. They also will do sedation if necessary
Children’s Dentistry of Redlands
Drs Jennifer Hooffer, DDS and Heather Lauer, DDS
1895 Orange Tree Lane, Suite 202, Redlands
Dental Associates of Riverside, Dr. Gary Lee
3487 Central, Riverside
Dr. A. Paul Bell, DDS
12637 Hesperia Rd Suite A, Victorville
Exclusively for children, teens and young adults.
Dr. Brian Hong, DDS
100 E Valencia Mesa Drive Suite 102, Fullerton
( 714) 992-5437
Works well with children with autism and special needs. Will do composite (not amalgam/mercury) fillings if requested. Will not give fluoride cleaning if requested. Accepts insurance including Healthy Families. Anesthesia Center section of their practice specializes in providing dental care to children who cannot be treated under conventional means. They are able to offer intravenous sedation or general anesthesia for these patients who might be indicated for this type of specialized dental care.
Dr. Carol Ann Lindegren, DDS
6927 Brockton Ave, Ste 1C, Riverside
Dr. James Klusmier
1966 East Chapman Ave, Fullerton
(714) 526 2860
Certified dentist does composite fillings and mercury amalgam removal and is certified to do so. For adults and children. Less radiation X Rays. Fluoride Free cleaning. Accepts insurance.
Dr. James Richardson, DDS
910 Washburn Ave, Ste B, Corona
Dr. Justin A. Shuffer, DDS
150 W. Foothill Blvd Suite E, San Dimas, CA 91773
Specialist in Pediatric Dentistry: Infants – Children – Special Needs.
Faculty: UCLA School of Dentistry Section of Pediatric Dentistry.
Drs. Stephen Lee DDS and Elan Lee DDS
13035 Pomerado Rd, Poway CA 92064
Dr. Tina Azin
22195 El Paseo # 240, Rancho Santa Margarita
Dr. Tina Azin and her staff knows a lot about autism, does anything to accommodate. They do oral and IV sedation with MD dr on staff for both dentistry and braces.
11949 Hesperia Rd, Hesperia
Children and adults.
Inland Regional Center
IRC has a certified dental coordinator, René Zambel, RDHAP on staff. You will need to contact your caseworker and request a referral for dental coordinator services. The dental coordinator can also come out to the home to help desensitize.
Just For Kids – Dr. Rick J. Nichols, DDS
104 E. Olive Avenue, Suite 200, Redlands
Years of experience working with children with autism. Does not take Medi-Cal.
Kids World Children’s Dentistry, Pediatric Dental Office
7001 Indiana Ave Ste 9, Riverside, CA 92506
Kids Dental Care, Dr Bruce Baker, DDS
42210 Lyndie Ln, Suite 100 Temecula, CA 92591 – (951) 506-1666
27180 Newport Road, Suite 3, Menifee, CA 92562 – (951) 672-1666
Through extensive training, Dr. Baker has the capabilities to identify these conditions and is able to provide the necessary required dental care. Both of locations are handicap accessible.
Loma Linda University Pediatric School of Dentistry, Early Childhood Special Care Dental Program
24876 Taylor Street #203, Loma Linda, California 92354
(909) 558-7025 (ext 87025)
Provides a variety of dental services and specialties at low cost for all ages.
Moreno Valley Children’s Dentistry
24104 Sunnymead Blvd, Suite C, Moreno Valley
My Dentist & Me Pediatric Dentistry
5225 Canyon Crest Dr #309, Riverside, CA 92507
Autism friendly pediatric dentist in Riverside, California
Dr Oariona Lowe, DDS
802 Magnolia Ave, Ste 105, Corona
Dr. Oariona Lowe has been practicing Pediatric Dentistry since 1984. She treats children from age 1 to adulthood and also treats many patients with special needs. She also offers IV sedation and hospital dentistry for patients that need specialized treatment.
Redlands Surgery Center
1180 Nevada St, Suite 100, Redlands
Accepts almost every insurance including IEHP/Medical. Patients will need a clearance from the primary doctor. Parent recommended.
Riverside Dental Group
7251 Magnolia, Riverside
Most insurances accepted. No Medi-Cal or HMO.
Temecula Pediatric Dentistry, Dr Daniel Smith
31560 Rancho Pueblo Rd Ste 100Temecula, CA 92592
Young Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
41238 Margarita Rd, Temecula, CA 92591
"Autism Friendly" Orthodontists (braces)
Byron E. Diehl, DDS, MS, APC
Experienced with orthodontic treatment for special needs patients.
Gray and Ehrler Orthodontic Specialists
436 N. Mountain Ave., Upland
Experienced with orthodontic treatment for special needs patients.
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