Special Needs

Special Needs Dentist in Silverton, Keizer, Corvallis and Hillsboro, OR

Boy laying on rug smiling. Acorn Dentistry for Kids is happy to accept special needs children.

Our team knows that the needs of our patients are as varied and unique as their smiles. If your child requires a special needs dentist, for the following, but not limited to:

  • Autism
  • Down’s Syndrome
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Medical Conditions

…you can rest assured that they’re in great hands at Acorn Dentistry For Kids. Your child will benefit from our compassionate nature as well as his extensive experience, gained from working with special needs children during his pediatric residency as well as a private practice pedodontist.

Tailored Dental Treatments

It’s not unusual for a child to be nervous before their appointment. When medical, behavioral, or developmental concerns are also a part of your child’s life, a visit to any new place can be intimidating.

At our Silverton location, we customize your child’s treatment and appointment to meet their comfort level and needs. Does your child need several short appointments instead of one regular visit? We can do that! Is your child anxious? We offer 3 different sedation options to help them relax:

  • Oral, conscious sedation helps take the anxious edge off, for a more peaceful treatment. It acts quickly, and because it’s administered orally, we can tailor it to your child’s needs.
  • Nitrous gas, also known as laughing gas, is administered through a soft nose piece, to help your child relax and float on the edge of calm awareness. Many patients find the warm, floaty sensation soothing and the effects wear off within minutes, once the treatment is completed.
  • Intravenous sedation is also available from the convenience of our practice. Safely administered, your child can nap through their dental therapy, and wake up to a healthier smile.

Even if your child’s first visit just needs to be a “happy visit” tour of the clinic, we’re happy to do that!

We Speak Your Language

Well meaning people often do more harm than good, when trying to encourage and comfort patients, due to their choice of words. While telling an anxious child that there’s nothing to be afraid of, or that nothing will hurt them, the upsetting idea of fear and pain may be introduced.

Dr. Richardson and our entire dental team know special needs patients can be sensitive to what’s said – or not said. We always avoid trigger words, like “hurt”, “shot”, or “pain”. This is just one of the many ways we take extra care to meet the needs of all our patients, especially those with special needs. You understand your child better than anyone else…let us know what works best!

We Listen To You

Young girl who has special needs looks over her treatment plan with her mom she received from Acorn Dentistry for Kids.Our goal is to help every child enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile – for life. Nobody knows your child like you do. That’s why we work closely with you, to co-plan your child’s appointment and any needed dental treatment. After all, you know best how to help your child feel relaxed, how to coax them into the dental chair, and work with us as we polish their teeth.

When it comes to caring for your child’s smile, we’re all ears! Please let us know if you have any concerns or suggestions regarding your child’s visit. Call today to schedule your child’s same-day appointment.

Get your child’s smile off to a great start, by protecting their teeth with professional, preventive dentistry services.

Our Silverton Location

411 N. Water Street

Silverton, OR 97381


Our Keizer Location

4817 River Rd. North

Keizer, OR 97303


Our Corvallis Location

1731 NW Kings Blvd

Corvallis, OR 97330


Our Hillsboro Location

434 S 1st Ave

Hillsboro, OR 97123