Many children, but especially those with autism experience a great deal of anxiety when visiting the dentist office. Feelings of anxiety may be caused by a number of factors including a fear of the unknown, difficulties communicating one’s feelings, and reactions to sensory sensitivities. When children are unable to effectively communicate their feelings of anxiety, they may demonstrate non compliant or uncooperative behavior.
Anxiety alone is not the only reason why children with autism do not like the dentist. Many children have severe sensory problems. Trenton is one of these. He is unable to brush his teeth due to his sensory problems. He has severe issues with tactile and smell as well.
Trenton's anxiety starts way before we even reach the dentist office Monday morning. He started fussing when we pulled in the parking lot. I talked to him all morning about the dentist so I knew he knew what was ahead of him. The boys dentist just opened up a new office. Thankfully, Trenton loved all the new waiting rooms. His fear and anxiety went away while he enjoyed the waiting rooms. After his name got called back, it was all down hill. It took three of us to hold him down while the dentist took a quick look in his mouth. He kicked, screamed, cried, and tried to get away. It is gut wrenching to watch and heart breaking to hold my son down who is full of fear and anxiety.
Unfortunately, we have some extensive dental work ahead of us with Trenton. Andrew went to the dentist as well a few weeks ago and he was a trooper! Andrew does amazing for the dentist. Trenton does what his body allows him to do. He simply can't help it that he can't lay there like Andrew.
Trenton's day was downhill after the dentist. He cried all the way back to Harsha and continued to cry at Harsha until he fell asleep. When we got home after Harsha, he continued to cry and have tantrums till he fell asleep for the night. It was one long, rough day!
Trenton enjoying the waiting room.
Job 22:21 Submit to God and be at peace with Him; in this way prosperity will come to you.