Originally posted on autisticandproud:
Dentists and asperger’s don’t really go together.
Mum says when i was little i couldn’t stand the dentist. And that noises and the sensations drove me mad. She also had to have a chat with the dentist who didn’t take my aspergers seriously enough. My tongue used to go over to explore what was going on in my mouth, so when they dried bits, i would lick them. but after she spoke to the dentist he took more time to explain to me what was happening.
- I can do pain really well – BUT i don’t do shock well! I jump. So the dentist to warn me about what is going to happen. (Its the same as when i was getting my lumbar puncture – mum showed me everything the night before, so i wouldnt get any shocks, and it was fine!)
- i hate the sensatiousness of the cotton wool things in your mouth. i really want to take them straight out.
- all you can see are his eyes and no face. so you need him to tell you what is happening.
- with the drills the noise used to be a BIG problem. so he had to try the drills out on my hand to show me its really water in them.
- i HATE saliva. So i hate it when it gathers in my mouth and she has to hoover it out. Mum tells me when i can swallow again.
- i HATE having someone putting their hands in and poking about in my mouth.
- i have never ever had an injection in the dentist yet.
- i hate when dentists say “put your chin up” – up where? why do they need to be confusing? up to the ceiling would be ok.
- cos i really hate bad breath, i look after my teeth so i don’t need much work done.
- i always hated loose teeth so i used to pull and twist them out..the pain was fine the tooth was just too annoying.
- there are smells in the dentist but i don’t mind them.
- i hate the hard feel of the goggles they make you wear – they are like the 3D glasses in cinemas. too hard.
- one time i had to get a filling. And it felt weird in my mouth – so when i went back to school i poked it straight out with a pencil – but it was a junior dentist who did it and i didn’t think she was great so i got it replaced by the main dentist.
- i now have a dentist i know and i like her. So i am going into her today and am not scared.and she has a TV on the roof so i’m looking forward to it.
- she will warn me, cos she knows me. People don’t realise how much aspergers makes people LIKE to know what is happening…its much more difficult to manage when you don’t know and can’t really see what is happening. And there are all these tools and noises.
- and if i don’t like something i can tell her.
- and she knows about my saliva issue!