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Special Needs Dentistry

Your child with special needs deserves quality dental care, but finding a dentist with the proper training and disposition can be difficult.

Drs. Terry and Mary Ann Work of Dental Works in Scottsdale, AZ, welcome special needs patients and treat them with compassion and respect.

Learn more about special needs dentistry and how we can provide your family with superior dental care...

Welcoming Special Needs Patients

Many general dentists do not treat children or adults with special needs, but we love to. At Dental Works in Scottsdale, AZ, we pride ourselves on providing top-quality dental services to special needs patients of all ages at our comfortable, modern, family-friendly dental practice.

Our sensitive team is very aware of the special accommodations that may need to be made for a child or adult with visual impairment, autism, cerebral palsy, or other special needs. We are happy to take any step necessary to ensure your loved one's dental appointment is as easy and stress-free as possible.

Contact us online or call us anytime to find out more about our experience offering dentistry to patients with disabilities.

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If you're searching for a dentist in the Phoenix area who can care for a child or adult with disabilities, contact Dental Works today.

About Our Dentists Practicing with Experience and Compassion

Our esteemed, highly educated dentists, Terry Lee and Mary Ann Work, are both former U.S. Navy Dental Officers with over 50 years of combined dentistry experience, including extensive experience treating patients with special needs. Terry and Mary Ann are a family, and they want you and every member of your family to feel relaxed, unafraid, and confident when you come in for dental treatment. Every smile is special to us, and we value every patient equally. 

5-Star Reviews from Happy Patients "A Skilled Dentist That Is Also Compassionate."


Steve Fleury


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I visited Dental Works on the advice of a friend.  I needed assistance quickly due to another medical condition.  They worked me in that very day and worked with other providers to provide services quickly.  I am very impressed with the staff and the dentist's.  Give them a try!

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Sarah Anderson


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Drs. Terry and Mary Ann were professional and pleasant to work with.  My mouth/teeth were in very bad shape but they saved my teeth and my smile.  I highly recommend them if you need a skilled dentist that is also compassionate.  They are the best!

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What Can I Do to Make My Child's Appointment Go Smoothly?

There are a few things you can do before making a dental appointment for your child:

Do Your Research

Search for family dentists that devote a portion of their dental practice to treating patients with disabilities. Call and ask questions. Dental Works is here to answer any questions about the superior dentistry we provide to Phoenix-area patients with special needs.

Communicate with Us

Telling us everything you can about your child before their dental appointment will help us be completely prepared for their arrival. For example, does the patient use crutches or a wheelchair due to cerebral palsy? Or, if they are on the autism spectrum, are they sensitive to noise or light? Answering these questions will allow our caring dentists and staff to create both a customized dental treatment plan and a calming atmosphere to make the appointment go smoothly. 


Consider Relaxing Sedation

Dental Works offers calming sedation to help patients of all ages with special needs stay relaxed and comfortable during dental procedures. This safe form of dentistry can reduce anxiety, treatment time, and discomfort. Rest assured, our dentists will never rush through a special needs patient's appointment, but will always take their time and pay extra attention to the patient's comfort level. 

Serving Special Needs Patients

Drs. Terry Lee and Mary Ann Work personally understand the challenges parents with children with special needs face when trying to find a dentist. Our team of compassionate dental professionals sees it as a privilege to care for the tight-knit community of special needs families in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area. We treat our special needs patients with the same care and attention as we do everyone who visits Dental Works.

Do Most Special Needs Kids See a Dentist Regularly?

Unfortunately, no. Check out this alarming statistic from the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center:

There are 11 million children and adolescents in the United States with special needs. However, only 18 percent of these kids become patients of a dentist that can properly provide them with oral health services.

There are 11 million children and adolescents in the United States with special needs. However, only 18 percent of these kids become patients of a dentist that can properly provide them with oral health services. Meaning, a very high percentage of young patients with disabilities and special needs are not receiving the dental care they need.

Good Dental Health Equals Good Overall Health

If your loved one with special needs is having serious dental issues or is overdue for a routine check-up, schedule an appointment with Dental Works in Scottsdale today. Poor oral hygiene can lead to serious health conditions, so we'll show​ you how to keep your loved one's teeth strong and healthy. We sincerely look forward to welcoming your family into our family.
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Dental Works

Drs. Terry Lee Work and Mary Ann Work are the dentists of choice for many families throughout Greater Scottsdale. That's because our dentists:

  • Are affiliated with ICOI and the American Dental Association
  • Provide sedation dentistry for improved comfort and accommodation of special needs
  • Offer CareCredit® and Sunbit financing
  • Provide comprehensive dental care for patients of all ages

To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (480) 391-0099.

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