Dental health is very important with any child, but particularly when your child has special needs. Improving oral health for people with special needs is possible mainly through community based dental care systems. Education of patients and parents or carers with regard to prevention and treatment of oral disease must be planned from an early stage. This will minimise disease and operative intervention since extractions and surgical procedures in particular often produce major problems.
Children and adults with sensory difficulties and autistic spectrum disorders may have a particular difficulty attending the dentist. The use of social stories prior to a dental visit is a good way to prepare them, so that they know what to expect. Some people may require sedation for dental treatment due to the nature of their disability. Please discuss any issues with your dentist.
For more information see Dental Health Services