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*Resources for Special Needs Dentistry*

*Resources for Special Needs Dentistry*

Private Office

Bergen Pediatric Dentistry 
We treat both children with and without disabilities. However children with behavioral disorders such as ASD often require additional time and specialized knowledge. Dr. Hernandez is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA). Her combination of degrees in pediatric dentistry and behavior analysis has made her dental care unique. Behavioral principals, and the procedures derived from them, can be successfully applied to children regardless of ability or disability.

  • (201) 796-4111
  • 23-00 Route 208 South, Suite 2-5, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

Center for Dentistry at HUMC
At Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health, we focus on care for underserved populations, including children with special health care needs such as neurodevelopmental disabilities, cerebral palsy, cleft palate and other complex conditions and those challenged with lack of access due to insurance coverage.

  • (551) 996-2111
  • St. John Building - 30 Prospect Avenue, Suite 1, Hackensack, NJ 07601

Delta Dental School of New Jersey Special Care Center (Rutgers School of Dental Medicine)
RSDM operates one of the few facilities in the region treating patients with special needs, including autism, cerebral palsy, Alzheimer's, Down Syndrome, geriatric patients and those with psychological disorders.

  • (973) 972-7040
  • Rutgers School of Dentistry - 110 Bergen Street, Newark, NJ 07101

Dental Care 4 Kids Pediatric Dentistry
Our office serves infants, children, teens and children with special health care needs in Englewood, New Jersey.

  • (201) 569-5437
  • Dr. Daniel Cohen
  • 180 North Dean Street, Suite 1, North, Englewood, NJ 07631

Pediatric Dental Associates
Pediatric Dental Associates supports the concept of a dental home for all infants, children, adolescents, and persons with special health care needs.

  • (201) 652-7020
  • Dr. Sari Zimmer, D.M.D.
  • 195 South Maple Avenue, Suite 2, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Pediatric Dental Health Center
At Pediatric Dental Clinic we are fully committed to provide the highest quality dental care to children and adolescents. Experience with children with special needs.

  • (201) 945-1119
  • Dr. Dimitri Stillman
  • 634 Anderson Avenue, Cliffside Park, NJ

Sparkle Kids Dentistry
In this office, Dr. Gupta utilizes behavior management techniques such as tell, show, do. For children that may be afraid of dental treatment, Nitrous oxide or laughing gas is available and helps calm any anxiety during treatment. Experience with children with special needs.

  • (201) 475-1600
  • Dr. Gupta
  • 15-01 Broadway #18, Fair Lawn, NJ

Special Needs Dentist Finder: Insure Kids Now Dentist Locator on InsureKidsNow.gov to find nearby dentists that accept Medicaid coverage. Just enter your child’s state, Medicaid plan name, and ZIP code or address.

MCO (managed care organization) I/DD Dentistry

The Arc of New Jersey regularly receives requests from family members when a loved one with an intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) has difficulty locating a dentist affiliated with their Medicaid managed care organization (MCO) to provide oral health care in the dental office. Sometimes problems also occur when a person with IDD needs general anesthesia for a dental procedure. 

The following information provides several resources developed to assist anyone who is seeking Medicaid MCO dental care for a person with IDD. All of the following resources were developed by the NJ chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) with a grant from the Inclusive Healthy Communities (IHC) program, funded by the NJ Division of Disability Services (DDS). 

  1. Fact sheet: What to ask when contacting a dental office, in English and in Spanish.  

This guide will help parents and other caregivers of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities with questions to ask when calling a dental office for an appointment. Download the English version here and the Spanish version here.

  1. Dental benefits for individuals with IDD - Medicaid Managed Care Organization webinar slides.

See the slides from a webinar that focused specifically on dental benefits for individuals with

IDD enrolled in a Medicaid managed care plan. The webinar began with information that is applicable to all of the Medicaid MCOs, followed by slides from each MCO: Aetna Better

Health, Amerigroup, Horizon NJ Health, United Healthcare Community Plan, and WellCare. Slides can be viewed here. 

  1. Dental Directory information from each Medicaid Managed Care Organization.

Each NJ Medicaid Managed Care Organization has a network of providers with expertise in providing dental care to individuals with IDD. See the link for the information that each Medicaid MCO provided on their dental providers who have expertise in providing dental care to members with IDD.

Please note: If you have difficulty accessing dental care from a Medicaid MCO for an individual with IDD, contact Beverly Roberts - Director, Mainstreaming Medical Care at [email protected]

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Last Updated: 05/15/24