Finding The Right Pediatric Dentist For A Child With Autism

A visit to the pediatric dentist is challenging for most children, but a disorder in the autism spectrum can present even more challenges. Many parents find themselves switching Photo of three children standing behind one another, for information on pediatric dentistry for autism spectrum children on the blog of San Jose Hillsdale Dental Care.dentists frequently because their child’s needs aren’t being met. What are some key factors to increasing your child’s comfort at the dentist? And how do you find the right dentist with whom you and your child can build a long-lasting relationship? We’ll discuss five ways.

  1. Practice Good Oral Hygiene at Home

If you practice good oral hygiene at home, it can make it easier to help your child understand that a pediatric dentist has special tools to keep his or her teeth even cleaner. Help your child brush and floss daily. Don’t minimize the important of a healthy mouth and healthy teeth.

  1. Let Your Child Know What to Expect

Explain to your child what happens at a pediatric dental appointment. Include the following:

  1. Have a Practice Dental Appointment

Have a practice session with your child that mimics a pediatric dental visit.

  1. Schedule Consultations First

Before you commit to a pediatric dentist for a cleaning and examination for your child, schedule a consultation. We suggest that you find several dentists who treat patients with autism. Prepare specific questions to help you understand what is done to help patients feel comfortable.

Identify your top three choices for a pediatric dentist, and schedule a consultation. Take your child with you to observe how he or she responds to the office environment and staff. In advance ask if, during the consultation, your child can:

The right pediatric dentist will understand that your child has special needs and will cooperate with your requests.

Be reasonable, and understand that dentists have limited time for consultations. With proper planning, a lot can be accomplished during the visit.

  1. Let the Staff Know Your Child’s Needs

Every patient is different. You know specific triggers that can irritate or frighten your child, as well as what can be done or said to help him or her relax. Speak with the dental staff to let them know what to expect when your child is receiving treatment. Some children are more comfortable if the dental chair is tilted back before they sit down.

Clear, detailed communication will help your child have a productive dental visit. It will also help the pediatric dental team provide the best care possible.

This post is sponsored by San Jose dentists Dr. Ralph Stanley, Dr. Magdalena Azzarelli, and Dr. Rogé Jacob of Hillsdale Dental Care. Visit our web page on dental tips for parents.

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