Often, children’s dentistry is a challenge and becomes even more so with children with special needs. These include our wonderful children with autism, Down Syndrome, Asperger’s, and other conditions. Many times these amazing individuals won’t cooperate as other children will, are unable to take care of themselves, and are more susceptible to illnesses. Due to physical, medical, or psychiatric impairments, these children need greater attention and care. As difficult as their circumstances may be, taking care of their dental health is of utmost importance to solve special concerns with their teeth and mouth. Proper dental care will help avoid complications and contribute to a better sense of well-being. Doing so takes more than just a dentist who treats teeth. He or she must also have the patience, understanding, compassion, and the required training among other necessary traits to be an effective special needs dentist. That is why aside from getting additional training on children’s dental growth and development, the providers at Smile Reef Pediatric Dentistry also studied about child psychology and special needs dentistry.