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Project Title

Project Title

Sensory adapted dental environments to enhance oral care for children with autism

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Cermak, Sharon

Description

Description

Adapting the sensory environment in the dental office by modifying the sounds, sights, smells and tactile experiences has the potential to revolutionize clinic-based dental care for the growing population of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), as well as for typically developing children who have dental anxieties. Commonly, such children exhibit anxiety and negative behavioral reactions when confronted with experiential aspects of dental visits such as exposure to bright fluorescent lighting, touch in or around the mouth, or the texture and smell of various oral care products. The aim of this project is to collect information that will support a later clinical trial on the effectiveness of a specially adapted dental environment for children who have difficulty tolerating oral care in the dental clinic. Forty children aged 6-12 years, 20 with ASD and 20 who are typically developing will undergo two dental cleanings four months apart, one in a standard dental environment and one in a sensory adapted environment. The level of anxiety in the two conditions will be assessed by videotape coding, psychophysiological indices, and various rating scales.

Funder

Funder

National Institutes of Health

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

234424

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2011-2013

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 5: Where Can I Turn For Services?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 5LE. Support three studies of dental health issues for people with ASD by 2015. This should include: o One study on the cost-benefit of providing comprehensive dental services, including routine, non-emergency medical and surgical dental services, denture coverage, and sedation dentistry to adults with ASD as compared to emergency and/or no treatment. IACC Recommended Budget: $900,000 over 3 years. o One study focusing on the provision of accessible, person-centered, equitable, effective, safe, and efficient dental services to people with ASD. IACC Recommended Budget: $900,000 over 3 years. o One study evaluating pre-service and in-service training program to increase skill levels in oral health professionals to benefit people with ASD and promote interdisciplinary practice. IACC Recommended Budget: $900,000 over 3 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Sensory adapted dental environments to enhance oral care for children with autism (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of Southern California

State/Country

State/Country

California

Project Number

Project Number

1R34DE022263-01

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Sensory adapted dental environments to enhance oral care for children with autism | 296952 | 2012 | 5R34DE022263-02

 
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