If you’ve ever had an autistic child in your chair, you know that you can’t have any expectations. The child may become violent, be totally calm or you might now even get him into the chair.
Still, families raising autistic kids arena dire need of competent dental services. But finding the right dentist, dental stools, medicines, and setups for them may be tough on practitioners.
Even so, dentists who can handle toothache-ridden, non-verbal, sensitive kids have an extremely high niche demand. Here are some simple ways to get you started in building your ASD-friendly clinic:
Get the comfiest dental stools
Comfort should be your first priority. Don’t think of it as providing a posh experience; BrewerCompany.com says think of getting dental stools and setups that can calm down your patient or at the very least hold him or her down without pain.
Get sensory vests
Most of the problems with autistic kids lie in their senses. Getting sensory vests can make their body feel heavy and satisfy their needs for textures and touch. Once they’re in the chair, a sensory vest can keep them there.
Consider mobiles or ceiling-based entertainment
For smaller kids, putting on a light show in their line of sight (the ceiling) can keep them distracted from your prodding and poking. Make sure there’s variety to keep them occupied.
Network with an anesthesiologist
When all else fails, you need a partner who can sedate your patients well, so you can work on their cavities and extractions. Autism families are more likely to stay with you if you know exactly what their child needs.
While all this may seem daunting, keep in mind that parents of autistic kids are quick to recommend therapy centers, doctors and yes, dentists by word-of-mouth to other families if you do well for their child.