My Fixed Bridge Makes My Life Easier

When I had a badly decayed tooth extracted, I got a partial denture to fill in the gap. I didn't mind it at first, because I was just so happy to have my painful tooth out of my mouth. Over time, I began to get tired of taking it out at night. I asked my dentist if I was could get a dental implant, and he said that my gum disease did not make me a good candidate, but a fixed bridge may be a good option for me. I went with his suggestion, and I have no regrets. I love feeling like I have a real tooth again that I don't have to remove at night. I created this blog to remind other people with a missing tooth that they have many replacement options, and if one is not for you, then try another that may be right.

7 Ways To Comfort Children With Autism During A Dental Appointment

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As a parent, you are apt to be concerned about your child's dental health. However, if your child is autistic, you may worry that a trip to the dentist will be traumatic. Here are a few steps that a dentist can take to ensure that a child who suffers from autism has a pleasant dental appointment:

Pre-Appointment Meeting

If a dentist is used to treating patients with autism, he or she may schedule a pre-appointment meeting to ensure that your child becomes comfortable with the office setting. New situations can seem overwhelming to an autistic child. Allowing the child to become familiar with the office and staff can help him or her be less sensitive to the stimuli encountered during the dental visit.

Keeping it Positive

It is important that the dental professional remain positive during the appointment. Like other children, an autistic child is sensitive to signs of frustration. Maintaining a smiling, calm demeanor throughout the appointment can help the child feel at ease.

Limited Use of Dental Instruments

Dental instruments can seem scary. By keeping as much intimidating gear as possible out of your child's line of vision, the dentist can lessen the anxiety that your child feels during the session. The dentist may even use a designated examination room that contains fewer instruments.

No Unnecessary Bright Light

Bright lights can trigger sensory overload in some autistic children. On the other hand, dimming the lights may lessen the anxiety that the young autistic patient feels. The dentist may choose to minimize the use of bright lights throughout the examination.

Inviting You In

Some dental offices restrict parents from accompanying their children into the examination room. However, your presence throughout the dental exam can help your child feel safe. The dentist may allow you to sit nearby during your child's treatment. 

No Unnecessary Restraints

If your child moves about a lot, talk to your dentist about using alternative methods to help your child remain still. A small stuffed animal or other familiar item may hold your little one's attention when he or she becomes restless during the exam. 

Medication if Needed

If your child is unable to remain calm or still for dental treatment, talk with the dentist about appropriate medication. The child may not need general anesthesia, but drugs that help the young patient remain sedate can be helpful. Nevertheless, caution should be observed since some medications can cause unpredictable reactions in some autistic patients.

An autistic child needs quality dental care just as any other child does. However, it is best to make the child as comfortable as possible during treatment. If your child has autism, meet with a professional dentist, like those at Family Dental Center TriCities, PC, to discuss strategies that will minimize your child's discomfort and anxiety.

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21 July 2015