Autism Dentist New York City
Many people on the autistic spectrum have a difficult time dealing with dental environment. This is partly due to differences in how people on the spectrum experience, understand and interact with the world in general. For most people, dental visits often require patience with a process that can be noisy, intrusive or restrictive for anyone. New sights, smells, sounds and emotions can add to the challenge.
The question is: what can be done to help patients and caregivers navigate this process with a minimum of angst?
Understanding The Patient
In our New York City office, we’ve found that gaining the best possible understanding of the patient is the most critical ingredient for success. People on the autistic spectrum are unique individuals, with specific likes, dislikes, and things they will tolerate. It’s important to spend the time with the patient and caregivers, to determine their needs, and establish rapport. Preventive dental care and maintenance is emphasized so that patients need the least amount of invasive procedures possible.
Many patients simply require introducing new dental experiences at the patients own pace to allow for accommodation to changes in routine. Other patients may require some sedation to allow for better quality dental care. Sedation can be given by a pill or an elixir; or intravenously, depending on the extent of the dental care, the patients medical history, and the degree of cooperation the patient is able to provide. Whichever technique is required, patients will be made comfortable and monitored for their safety. Treatment decisions are made in consultation with parents, physicians, and our team to ensure that all the patients needs are considered.