- Morning or after lunch appointment to reduce waiting time.
- Be knowledgeable about the patient’s specific behavior patterns/problems.
- Determine the patient’s developmental age and communicate with the patient accordingly (may use “tell, show, do”).
- 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.
| Autism Spectrum|
| Drugs/ drug|
See Medical Complexity Status for more information.
- Medical Disorders
- Ferrazzano GF, et al. Autism spectrum disorders and oral health status: review of the literature. Eur J Paediatr Dent. 2020;21(1):9-12.
- Feroe AG, et al. Medication Use in the Management of Comorbidities Among Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder From a Large Nationwide Insurance Database. JAMA Pediatr. Published online June 7, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2021.1329.