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03-09-2020 | Original Paper Open Access

What Happens at a Dental Surgery When the Patient is a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder? An Italian Study

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Maria Grazia Mada Logrieco, Giuseppe Niccolò Ciuffreda, Bruna Sinjari, Maria Spinelli, Rodrigo Rossi, Gianmaria D’Addazio, Francesca Lionetti, Sergio Caputi, Mirco Fasolo
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Oral health care can be a difficult experience for a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), for their family and for the dentist. The purpose of this study is to provide an understanding of the challenges experienced by the three aforementioned figures during oral care treatment. A cohort of 275 parents of typical development children (TD), 57 parents of children with ASD (3–15 years old) and by 61 dentists, completed two different multiple choices questionnaires. The data obtained show a great difficulty in the treatment of children with ASD as seen by the dentists and by the parents. This is due to: caregivers’ demographic issues; difficulties encountered before and during the dental examination; scarce presence of experts in ASD treatment.

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