Asian boy with autism refusing to sit on dental chair  Sensory toys for child's dental visit

As paediatric dentists we have a lot of tools in our back pocket to help our patients have the best experience possible.

A sensory-adapted dental environment (SADE) is used to help patients with autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorders, or dental anxiety have a more successful dental appointment. Dr. Hall uses a variety of ways to help your child become less overstimulated at the dentist:

  • Dimming the lights
  • Projections of bubbles or fish on the ceiling
  • Soothing music
  • Application of a weighted blanket or lead vest for deep pressure input
  • Sensory toys