Okay I'm boggled by this one. My almost 3 year old autistic son is grinding his teeth in his sleep. Thanks to ABA and other therapies we have gotten really good at stopping undesirable behaviors.....but how do you stop a behavior that a kid is doing without even realizing it because they're asleep?! I know adults wear a mouth guard to bed for teeth grinding but that's out of the question (trust me). What do I do? I'm worried about his teeth. Tried googling this and couldn't find anything.Answer Question
Answer by karamille at 11:56 PM on Apr. 18, 2009
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Answer by aurorabunny at 2:26 AM on Apr. 19, 2009
Lillian grinds her teeth at night, too. I cringe whenever I hear it and wonder how it doesn't wake her--it is so loud and sounds painful. I tried to get her to see a pediatric dentist who is supposedly well know for working with children with autism. She wouldn't open her mouth for him, so he wanted us to schedule an appt at the hospital so he could do a complete check-up, cleaning and put caps on her teeth under anesthesia. It would have cost us $1000 out of pocket, something we just don't have. We ended up waiting another year, and I asked our family dentist to see if he could look at her. She did let him look--but she wouldn't sit in the chair and wouldn't let him put anything in her mouth. But with what he was able to see, everything looked okay and the teeth grinding isn't causing the damage I was sure it was.
Answer by jsbenkert at 9:41 AM on Apr. 19, 2009
Also, Brody might be cutting a 2 year molar--causing some pain. That might explain the cause of his sudden teeth grinding. But then again, this may be another of those behaviors that children with ASD will often have (like idiopathic toe walking and sleeplessness) that don't have a clear cause or solution. If you can get him to a dentist to look at his teeth, it might give you some peace of mind. If Brody won't sit in a dentist's chair (like Lillian) ask the dentist if he/she will just do a quick exam with him standing (or like Lillian, several quick exams). Bring a small flashlight that the dentist can use to look in there better, if you decide to give it a try.
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