Any tips on first trips to the dentist?

Any tips on first trips to the dentist?

My son has his first dentist appointment coming up. We literally have zero idea what to expect - could be brilliant and handle like a champ, or super stressful. I called the dentist to ask questions beforehand, and she "assured" me that the doctors and staff are very skilled in handling a range of needs, developmental disabilities, children with autism, etc. She wasn't really entertaining my questions and my anxiety, just giving me "pat" statements, that were more on the… read more

A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Tried taking my daughter when she was 2, disaster. Waited until she was 4 to try again and found a pediatric specialist. A few days before our appointment we watched videos on YouTube of kids going to the dentist, some were cartoons. Also bought dentist Barbie a few months ahead of time. She did so awesome I wanted to cry. Many ASD kids do well with imitating videos, I can’t say that will be everyone’s answer but I really think it worked for us. And a fun pediatric environment with great staff didn’t hurt.

posted over 1 year ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

When I first took my son to the dentist he refused to open his mouth unless it was to scream at the dentist and push him away!!! This lasted about 5 minutes, then the dentist allowed me to sit on the chair with him and play games, the best thing that worked was when I sat him facing me and we opened our mouths and pulled funny faces at each other which allowed the dentist to see his teeth ;) good luck xxxx

posted over 1 year ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Oh go to it, its maybe gonna be a tough one but to acomplish it is good. My son was just 3, he has white coat phobia. We do a kind restraint to see in his mouth ( my son is non verbal and non gestural so he affirms nothing and crying is all he can do to express himself)...she gets to see the bare minimum but can confirm baby teeth all in, no cracked teeth etc. Our son will have to try brushing more even though he hates it because a child like him will have to go under to have any procedures. Brushing is so important but its a fight with him. We need to improve this. X

posted over 1 year ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

All my dentist wanted to do was to look at Reeses teeth to make sure he had no issues. I'm just glad he hasn't found any so far :) not sure how he will react if the dentist has to actually do any work. Another thing that seemed to help Reese was it be could watch the dentist do what he wanted to do on mummy before he tried it on Reese :)

posted over 1 year ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

I woukd recommend a social story.

posted over 1 year ago
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