Going to the dentist can be a worrisome, even scary experience for a lot of young people, but for those with intellectual disabilities, a dental exam can be traumatic. But for Puzzle Pieces’ client, Trent, who has autism, going to the dentist is something he looks forward to because of local dentist Dr. Jay Crews at Pediatric Dentistry of Owensboro
Trent’s mom, Gina, said that her son can be difficult, especially when it comes to something as invasive as a dental exam, but he has always loved Dr. Crews because of his kind nature and patience.
“Dr. Crews has tried so hard to help us,” Gina said. “He takes time to talk to Trent and doesn’t care to wait until he’s comfortable.”
Dr. Crews, who sees over 7,000 patients a year, sees at least one child a day with special healthcare needs, which can range from intellectual disabilities to heart or blood issues. Because he is a pediatric dentist, he has been trained to help patients like Trent.
“Every kid is different in some capacity -- everything you do, you try to meet that child’s needs,” Dr. Crews said.
Dr. Crews opened his current office at 1030 Burlew Blvd. in 2018, but has been practicing in Owensboro for 16 years. The state-of-the-art office provides private rooms for special needs patients' privacy.
Gina said it's not so much the office, which is equipped with a video game station and elaborate play areas, that means so much to them, but the kind staff. Trent, who will more than likely not age out of his pediatric dentist like most children, looks forward to visiting the dentist.
“There are just a few days a year that Trent lives for,” Gina said. “One is Christmas, one is the Puzzle Pieces dance, and the other two times are his visits with Dr. Crews. He is right up there with Santa Claus for Trent.”
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