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Autistic patients – and patients with similar behavioral and intellectual difficulties – present a unique challenge for dentists. Dentistry involves bright lights, loud instruments and touching a very sensitive part of the body. Many “normal” people are uneasy about dental treatment, imagine what it’s like for an autistic person.
Autistic patients are usually hypersensitive to their environment and may react out of sensory overload. They don’t take well to a change in their schedules, new noises, smells, sounds, and activities.
Fortunately, dentists are becoming more aware of the needs of special needs patients.