Article: Volume 7 Number 2 Page 48 - April 2014

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  Orth Update 2014; 7: 48-53

Orthodontics:  The Relevance of Autism in Orthodontic Management

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Abstract: Autism is a developmental disorder that can prove to be a barrier in providing orthodontic care due to a difficulty in developing language and communication. The purpose of legislation imposed in regards to mental capacity is to ensure that an individual has the right to autonomy. However, we must carefully balance an autistic patient and guardian’s wishes with indications for orthodontic treatment. This article recognizes the difficulties in managing autistic patients and discusses methods to facilitate effective management.

Clinical relevance: Autistic patients may find difficulty in accessing orthodontic care owing to their inability to socialize and communicate. This article offers novel behaviour management techniques that may aid in tackling this barrier.

Author notes: Abdullah Casaus, BDS(Birm), MJDF(Eng), Academic Clinical Fellow in Paediatric Dentistry, Birmingham Dental Hospital, St Chad’s Queensway, Birmingham, B4 6NN and Jaspal Panesar, MSc(UCL), BDS(L’Pool), FDS RCS(Eng), MOrth RCS(Eng), FDS(Orth) RCS(Eng), Consultant Orthodontist, Good Hope Hospital, Heart of England Foundation Trust, Rectory Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B75 7RR, UK.

Objective: To understand the implications of managing autistic patients in orthodontics.

Kavo Kerr