Special Needs Dentistry

Special Needs Dentistry is a dental speciality that supports people with special health care needs to optimise their oral health.

That means dental care specifically catering to your unique needs so that you receive a comfortable and safe dental experience. A Special Needs Dentist has done an additional three-year postgraduate degree after becoming a general dentist. That means they have advanced knowledge, understanding in line with the latest evidence and a specialised skill set to provide you with a unique and comprehensive dental experience.

Some patient groups we are experts in providing dental care for are those with:

We emphasise the importance of preventing oral disease, and we do it with a realistic understanding of any underlying medical conditions. We take a holistic approach to your dental care and aim to improve your general wellbeing, preserve your function, ability to smile and communicate pain-free. We appreciate the need to coordinate your care and are experts at involving your parents, carers and other treating medical professionals in your dental care.

Making them feel right at home

At Sydney Specialist Dental Group we combine professionalism, care and comfort to remove any worries you or your child may have. 

Special Needs Dentist care and support

Our Special Needs Dentist – Dr Malik has a wealth of experience treating patients, including those with anxiety or additional needs

Professional and quality dental service

Our team of dental practitioners continually update their skills and training to deliver your child the best possible care and outcomes

Private health insurance accepted

We work with private health funds to enable more young people to receive the high level of dental care they require

Your children's safety is our top priority

Above all else, we strive to ensure the safety and comfort of all our young patients throughout every procedure

Why see a Special Needs Dentist?


Our Special Needs Dentist – Dr Zanab Malik, is the only one of five Special Needs Dentists in NSW, which means she has gone through rigorous postgraduate training and has multiple degrees to become an expert in the dental management for people with complex medical conditions, including dementia and geriatric dental needs. She can provide realistic and safe dental treatment plans that are individualised and is one of few specialists working in private dental practice. Unlike general dentists, Dr Zanab Malik has a unique knowledge base and skill set to manage the most complex of patients with an understanding of the challenges people face in Residential Aged Care Facilities, including specific risks like cognitive decline and dysphagia. She emphasises the prevention of dental disease and prioritises minimally invasive dental treatments, maintaining the quality of life and dignity whilst reducing pain and infection risk. Dr Zanab Malik can provide preventive six month recalls and assist in the training of the staff at the Residential Aged Care Facility so that ongoing oral care is optimised. If you have any questions regarding the services provided, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Your new lifelong dental home – SSDG

Unlike other Special Needs Dentists currently in Sydney, at SSDG we understand the importance of maintaining your dental home once you become an adult. If you have had dental treatment with one of our fantastic paediatric dentists and are ready to see a specialist for your adult dental needs, our Special Needs Dentist can continue to see you at the practice for all your adult dental services – lifelong!

Alternatively, if you are new to the practice – we welcome you to experience our unique services:

If you have any queries regarding whether your specific needs can be met, please get in touch with our friendly team – it would be our pleasure to help and we look forward to meeting you soon!

Meet the SSDG Special Needs Dentist

Dr Malik is passionate about comprehensive dental management for people with special healthcare needs, is a strong advocate for these patients and believes they should receive the highest quality dental care.

Dr Zanab Malik

Special Needs Dentist

Make the switch to specialist dental care today!

Whether you’re seeking a better dental experience for yourself, your child or another family member, we’re ready to welcome you to Sydney Specialist Dental Group.