NOT a special needs dentist!
Dr. Kendrick told me when we first started going there over three years ago that he would be willing to work with my child, who has very mild autism and told me he was comfortable with working with her. I found it odd that they did not seem to know any interventions that would be helpful to children on the autism spectrum/sensory integration issues, and I did offer some suggestions, which were initially implemented and apparently successful to the point that I was told NOT to come back with her because she was doing so well. Recently, she was back in the work area all of 3 minutes and I was on my way to get her because I could her hear screaming like she was in pain-the brought her out to me, the tears are rolling, she told me that the dentist hurt her (my son said later that the dentist was "fighting" with her). The nurse tried to tell me they wanted to sedate my child from now on-I insisted on talking with Dr. Kendrick (who, by the way, had not spoken with me in about a year and a half despite going to him for cleanings). Imagine my surprise when I was told by Dr. Kendrick that he has allegedly had problems with her all along (despite being told by nurses/assistants that visits had gone well in the past) and wanted to use valium for every time she went into the office, including FOR CLEANINGS (valium sedates your child for pretty much the whole day for those unfamiliar with this drug). When I attempted to talk with him about this (and trying to talk rationally, despite the terrified screams of my child still ringing in my ears) he acted upset, literally stood on the other side of the office (despite a perfectly good desk and chair being there he could use) , turned away from me with his arms crossed, and refused to entertain the idea of any other intervention other than sedating my child for 24 hours for a cleaning. This dentist may be good for the "perfect patient" child, but if your child has ANY sort of special needs, including dental phobias, GO ELSEWHERE!