As a Dentist for Kids, We Treat Autistic Children

April 21, 2016
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If you are a parent of an autistic child, you need to visit a dentist for kids that can work with you to create a plan for how to keep them in good oral health. Our goal is to help any child to maintain healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime.

We do this by offering preventative care and by educating them and their parents on how to practice good oral hygiene at home. In our experience, this process can be more challenging for autistic children and the parents that support them. If you are in the situation where you need your child to receive dental care but have had bad experiences in the past, we encourage you to call us. We will work with you to come up with solutions that work.

Dental Care Can Be Intimidating

Children are often intimidated by the dentist or any doctor for that matter. The very act of going to a medical office and seeing someone in a white lab coat can cause a child to become stressed or filled with anxiety. It is potentially due to how different the office must feel from everything that they do find familiar. As a dentist for kids, we do our best to combat this by having a lobby and office that children can relax in.

Simultaneously, we encourage you to stop by with your child so that they can see the office and meet the team prior to their appointment. These little things can often cause a reduction in anxiety. For autistic children, there are often other things that we need to take into consideration when doing the tour and we will be happy to do so. For example, if your child’s autism makes it so that they do not do well with loud noises, we dentist for kids can schedule their tour and subsequent appointments for first thing in the morning.

The point is that we will work with you to make dental care non-intimidating so that your child can receive the care they need to stay in good oral health. From our perspective it all comes down to teamwork, being willing to listen, and being willing to adjust our approach based on the needs of our patients.  These are things we are happy and willing to do.