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Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) - Oral Health Care Considerations

  • Morning or after lunch appointment to reduce waiting time.
  • Be knowledgeable about the patient‚Äôs specific behavior patterns/problems.
  • Determine the patient‚Äôs developmental age and communicate with the patient accordingly (may use ‚Äútell, show, do‚ÄĚ).
  • Try to use the same treatment room, staff, and appointment time.
  • Try to establish an environment that reduces extraneous noise and movements.
  • Do not use physical restraints.
  • Recognize signs of bruxism.
  • Recognize the presence of tongue thrusting.
  • Signs of hitting own chin or jaw may be present.
  • Signs of picking at gingiva or lips may be present.
  • Signs of self-injury behavior may be present.
  • Persons with tuberous sclerosis may present with pitted tooth enamel and rubbery noncancerous tumors on or around the tongue.
  • Be aware of the multiple drug regimen used by individuals with ASD.

Medical Complexity Status - Autism Spectrum Disorders#

Autism Spectrum
Disorders
MCS1B
Anticipated
complication
Controlled/
stable
 HemostasisNone
 Microbial
 susceptibility
None
 Drugs/ drug
 interactions
Minor
 Stress/traumaMinor

See Medical Complexity Status for more information.


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