- Bright lights: The bright lights used in the dental office may be overwhelming for some children, especially those with sensory processing difficulties.
- Loud noises: The sounds of dental equipment, such as the drill, can be very loud and disturbing for some children with sensory processing difficulties.
- Strong smells and tastes: The smells and tastes of dental materials, such as toothpaste and cleaning solutions, can be strong and unpleasant for some children.
- Touch and pressure: The sensations of touch and pressure during dental procedures, such as scraping or polishing, may be uncomfortable for some children.
- Lack of control: Children with sensory processing difficulties may feel anxious or overwhelmed by the lack of control they have during a dental visit, which can exacerbate their sensory issues.
- Fear and anxiety: Many children with sensory processing difficulties may have an existing fear or anxiety about going to the dentist, which can make the sensory issues even more challenging to deal with.
It's important to find a dentist who understands these sensory issues and can work with the child to create a comfortable and positive experience.