Autism and Dental Treatment

April is Autism Acceptance Month! Last December, the CDC announced that one in 44 children are diagnosed with Autism. Through the hashtag #CelebrateDifferences, the Autism Society of America is recognizing the variety of experiences within the Autism community. This highlights the need for acceptance, inclusion, and connections to support people with Autism.

In the words of Christopher Banks, President and CEO of the Autism Society of America, “No matter who you are, where you live, or your abilities, you should be able to have the connection to supports, services, community and resources needed to live fully.”

For many parents, dental care for their autistic child can provoke a lot of anxiety. However, your child’s visit to the dentist could improve by establishing their dental home early – as young as one year of age. The pediatric dentists and orthodontic specialists at Alameda Pediatric Dentistry are ready, skilled, and able to help. Our dentists and staff have completed additional training with a focus on working with kids with special needs. We welcome all children in our office and have created a comfortable, accessible environment for them to call their dental home!

Don’t delay a visit to the dentist if you are concerned with how your child may react.
We will work together to find solutions that will keep your child comfortable during dental procedures and cleanings. We will give them the attention they need to achieve good oral health.

We have a broad range of options, including desensitization visits, protective stabilization, or sedation that can help make their dental appointments less stressful. We reserve quieter, less busy times for those patients who prefer a less stimulating environment, and we have private rooms with dim lights to create a calmer atmosphere. We carry several tactile and sensory toys to help alleviate anxiety and provide a safe space for our patients to get used to coming for their check-ups.

If you are interested in learning about desensitization visits, or would like more information about how we can make your child’s first visit as seamless as possible, give us a call at (510) 521-5437. We look forward to hearing from you!

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