Dentist

Dentist appointments are often difficult for children, regardless of sensory difficulties. Imposed touch in the mouth can be overwhelming and children with vestibular processing difficulty may have a hard time with the tilting of the chair. Here are some tips to help your child have a successful visit.

  • Try and schedule the appointment for first thing in the morning or right after lunch to avoid extra waiting time.
  • If your child benefits from deep pressure, ask if your child can wear the x-ray shield throughout the appointment.
  • Before the appointment, ask for a sample x-ray film so your child can get used to the feel of the film in their mouth. Have the dentistĀ  show you how to safely place the film in your child’s mouth. Practice holding still and counting to 10 with it in their mouth.
  • Take a trip to the dentist’s office for a tour. This will introduce your child to the sounds, smells and look of the office in a non-threatening manner.
  • Relaxing music played with headphones or a portable DVD player with a favorite movie can go a long way to helping your child stay calm.
  • Let your child wear sunglasses if they are sensitive to the lights.
  • If your child becomes distressed by imposed movement, have the dentist tilt the examination chair to the correct position before your child climbs up.
  • Ask if you can bring a towel or handkerchief from home to drape around your child’s neck if the paper bib is bothersome.

References:

Top 10 Tips, Cardon

Autism Speaks

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