Dentist for Patients with Special Needs in Chevy Chase, MD

Compassionate, Individualized Care for Every Child

At Metropolitan Pediatric Dentistry, we are deeply committed to providing specialized dental care for children with special needs. We understand that these children may require extra patience, understanding, and accommodations to ensure a comfortable and positive dental experience. Our team is trained and experienced in addressing the unique challenges and requirements of special needs dentistry. 

Our Approach to Special Needs Dentistry

  • Individualized Care: We recognize that each child is unique, with their own set of needs and comfort levels. Our care plans are tailored to meet the specific needs of each patient.
  • Comfortable Environment: Our office is designed to create a calming and welcoming atmosphere for children with special needs.
  • Patient and Understanding Team: Our staff is experienced in working with children who have a variety of special needs, including those with physical, developmental, sensory, behavioral, cognitive, or emotional challenges.
  • Effective Communication: We prioritize clear and empathetic communication with both the child and their caregivers to ensure a thorough understanding of each child’s needs and preferences.

Specialized Dental Services

  • Gentle Exams and Cleanings: Regular dental exams and cleanings, performed with a gentle touch and at a pace comfortable for the child.
  • Preventative Care: Emphasis on preventative measures to maintain oral health and reduce the need for more complex procedures.
  • Restorative Treatments: Providing necessary restorative care, including fillings and crowns, with a focus on ensuring the child’s comfort.
  • Sedation Options: When necessary, we offer safe sedation options, including nitrous oxide sedation, to ensure a stress-free and painless dental experience.

Collaborative Care with Families:

We believe in working closely with families and other healthcare providers to provide comprehensive care. Understanding the child’s medical history, behaviors, and preferences allows us to create a more effective and comfortable dental visit. 

Training and Expertise

Our team’s training in special needs dentistry ensures that we are equipped to provide the best possible care for these patients. We continually update our knowledge and skills to stay abreast of the latest developments in special needs dental care. 


Schedule a Visit

We invite you to schedule a visit to Metropolitan Pediatric Dentistry to discuss how we can best serve the dental needs of your child with special needs. Our goal is to provide a dental home where all children, regardless of their challenges, can receive the care they deserve in a supportive and understanding environment. 

What Our Happy Parents Say


Our Services

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Patients with Special Needs

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Meet Dr. Ricardo Perez

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist in Chevy Chase, MD

Dr. Ricardo A. Perez is a proud native of Colombia, a Bethesda resident, and one of Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Pediatric Dentists for 25 years. With over 35 years of experience in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Perez follows in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, offering a legacy of dental excellence. His passion for pediatric dentistry goes beyond the clinic, as he’s often found engaging in community activities and mission trips to help families within our neighborhood and beyond.

A portrait of board certified pediatric dentist Dr. Ricardo Perez with a "Washingtonian Top Dentist 2024 Hall of Fame" badge

Our Location

Metropolitan Pediatric Dentistry
Office Hours
Monday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed