Sensory Adaptations Found to Help Children with Autism at the Dentist

New research from JAMA Network Open has found that children with autism displayed significantly less stress in sensory-adapted dental environments (SADE) compared to a regular dental environment (RDE).

Children with autism tend to have more oral health challenges, often due to sensory overresponsivity. Dental offices can be an overwhelming environment with the bright lights, loud tools and reclining chairs. These findings offer a solution for dentists to perform dental treatments and procedures in a way that is safe and relaxing for neurodivergent children.

This study was conducted at a pediatric dentistry clinic in a large children’s hospital. Children diagnosed with autism aged 6 to 12 were invited to participate.

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