Spec Care Dentist 32(6): 229–233, 2012
Improving dental visits for individuals with autism spectrum disorders through an understanding of sensory processing
Article first published online: 23 OCT 2012
© 2012 Special Care Dentistry Association and Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Special Care in Dentistry
Volume 32, Issue 6, pages 229–233, November/December 2012
How to Cite
Kuhaneck, H. M. and Chisholm, E. C. (2012), Improving dental visits for individuals with autism spectrum disorders through an understanding of sensory processing. Special Care in Dentistry, 32: 229–233. doi: 10.1111/j.1754-4505.2012.00283.x
- Issue published online: 23 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 23 OCT 2012
- autism spectrum disorder;
- sensory processing;
- special care dentistry;
- sensory strategies
The increasing prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) suggests that dental practices will be seeing patients with this diagnosis more frequently. Although patients with ASD have similar dental needs to other patients, the symptoms of the disorder may influence the ability of dental practitioners to provide necessary care. Dental professionals may be unaware of the difficulties with sensory processing common to patients with ASD. However, awareness of sensory processing issues and knowledge of strategies to improve the sensory experience for individuals with ASD may improve dental visits for these patients and allow for enhanced dental care provision.