Today was the first time I had taken my 5-year-old son with autism spectrum disorder to the dentist without either my husband or his ABA therapist. In the past dental visits have been very challenging. However, I am thrilled to report this was the best visit ever! If your child on the autism spectrum struggles at dental appointments the following tips may help.

Dental visits can be overwhelming for many children, but for children on the autism spectrum, these appointments present a whole new set of challenges.

Children with autism often have sensory sensitivities. The bright lights that shine in their faces, the sensation of the instruments such as the tooth polisher, air/water syringe, and suction device, as well as the tastes of the paste and other treatments can cause sensory overload. These children often lack the ability to be still for long periods of time, especially when they are uncomfortable. In addition, many of them lack the communication skills necessary to understand what is happening or to share how they are feeling. The whole process can be scary which may lead to them not cooperating with the dental staff making their job nearly impossible.

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