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Special Health Care Needs

Dr. Hernandez’s Experience and Knowledge in Special Needs Dentistry
  • Is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) and a pediatric dentist
  • She is a parent of a child with multiple disabilities including autism spectrum disorder
  • She is currently enrolled in a masters program in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • She works with children with dental phobias and behavioral difficulties
  • She has taken multiple courses related therapies and disabilities
  • She lectures to various audiences annually

Dr. Hernandez’s publication and reviews
  • Applied behavior analysis: Behavior management of children with autism spectrum disorders in dental environments – JADA, 2011
  • Perspective of a Parent and a Provider for Children with Special Health Care Needs - Pediatric Dentistry 2007
  • A child’s self-statement – Who am I? - Exceptional Parent - 2002
  • Raising expectations
  • Columbia University
  • New Jersey Star Ledger
  • NJN – TV news
  • CBS – TV news

Preparing your child for an initial visit
  • Staff will conduct a phone intake
  • Review FAQ on main page
  • Set up appointment for intake with Dr. Hernandez
  • Dr. Hernandez will develop a pre-visit plan for the child
  • In office visit – assessment and treatment

Services offered
  • Behavior therapy to teach skills
  • A unique combination of Behavioral and sensory approach for children with unusual sensory responses
  • Digital X-rays
  • Laser Dentistry
  • Nitrous oxide
  • In office Sedation and hospital dentistry options available
  • New state of the art facility
  • Peaceful dental spa environment
  • BPA free materials
  • Eco friendly green practice

Letter from Dr. Hernandez