It’s common knowledge that no adult or child enjoys going to the dentist, even for a routine check-up. This is especially true for children with autism, where routine takes on an entirely different meaning, and communicating discomfort or pain can be problematic.
Whether dental problems are genetic or result from difficulty in following proper hygiene regimens, visits require extensive advance preparation by parents to help their children deal with multiple issues. These include being in an unfamiliar environment with strangers, confinement in the chair, physical contact, noise from equipment, keeping their mouths open for a prolonged period, and following the
dentist’s instructions to complete the necessary exam and/or procedure. If sedation or anesthesia is required, additional preparation is essential.
Emergency Dentists USA describes the most common dental problems among children with autism, and provides useful information on how to prepare your child before, during, and after their next provides useful information on how to prepare your child before, during, and after their next visit, along with finding the right practitioner for your child, equipment requirements, dental insurance issues, and more. Read article and watch video.
Ultimately, you know your child better than anyone else does. When it comes to dental and health care, in particular, one size does not fit all. Armed with the right tools and research, consultations with professionals, friends and family members, you’ll be able to make an informed decision to minimize difficulties and take the “bite” out of going to the dentist.