Special Needs Dentistry

Do you have young children or a loved one with special needs who are unable to cooperate for dental care? Developmentally disabilities, special needs, and medically compromised individuals suffer from an array of dental problems just like everyone else!  From dental abscesses to throbbing pain, cavities and gum disease; everyone requires individual attention and dental care. We are here to help you and your loved one here at The Dental Anesthesia Center.

Dr. Hoffmann and Dr. Thoms completes dental procedures for patients here in the office, requiring general anesthesia or sedation. Once the patient is fully asleep, the dental anesthesiologists and three qualified trained assistants will strive to achieve the patient’s mouth back to a healthy state and the individual out of discomfort. There are always three DAANCE (Dental Anesthesia Assistant National Certification Examination) certified assistants in operatory with the dental anesthesiologist; one monitoring the anesthesia, one managing patients airway and suctioning, and one assisting with the dental treatment. Individuals with physical or mental disabilities can accomplish complete dental care in a comfortable setting.  Special need patients can have a thorough exam, including taking x-rays, and cleaning with general anesthesia. The Dental Anesthesia team is compassionate and here to help patients accomplish dental care that they may have never had before.

Appointment Request
Call to Schedule 314-862-7844

Dr. Hoffmann and Dr.Thoms are highly qualified Dental Anesthesiologists, providing care for a wide array of patients in office, including those with:

  • Special Needs
  • Down's Syndrome
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Autism
  • Angelman Syndrome
  • Fragile X Syndrome
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD-NOS)
  • Rett syndrome
  • Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (CDD )
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Dental Phobia
  • Dental Anxiety
  • Sensitive Gag Reflex
  • Inability to Become Numb (Cannot Get Numb)
  • Modified Behavior
  • ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)
  • ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)
  • Brain Injury
  • Medically Compromised (Allergies, Complications, etc.)

Dr. Michael J. Hoffmann received his dental degree in 1988 from The University of Texas Health and Science Center at San Antonio. He completed residencies in Hospital Dentistry and Dental Anesthesiology and is currently the only St. Louis area general dentist certified in Deep Sedation and General Anesthesiology by the Missouri Dental Board.Meet Dr. Michael J. Hoffmann: Dental Anesthesiologist and Sedation Dentist

Dr. Sean Thoms received his Bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2008, his Master’s degree (M.S.) in Biomedical Science in 2009 from Barry University, and his Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in 2013.  After graduation from dental school, he continued his education by attending a three-year Dental Anesthesiology residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) which certifies him to provide Deep Sedation and General Anesthesia for dental procedures by the Missouri Dental Board. Meet Dr. Sean M. Thoms: Dental Anesthesiologist and Sedation Dentist

Dr. Victoria Q. Daugherty provides dental care to patients that are more medically compromised at the hospital, varying on each patient’s individual needs. We are dedicated to provide dental care in a caring environment for individuals with special needs.Meet Dr. Victoria Q. Daugherty: Sedation and General Dentist

We look forward to meeting you and your loved one!

Appointment Request
Call to Schedule 314-862-7844

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