7 Spielman Road • Fairfield, NJ 07004

Autism: The Dental Dilemma-Special Needs Dentistry


Instructor: Dr. Cavan Brunsden



Learning Objectives:

This lecture will provide insight into the special challenges that autistic children present to the dental community and the approaches that can be taken to address the unique behavior requirements of this population. Dr. Brunsden designed a model dental care center to serve the needs of patients with special health-care needs recognizing that the traditional dental setting often presents barriers to the autistic and special needs community. In addition he will discuss techniques that permit the Tx of orthodontic problems for the special needs community.

All healthcare providers need to be up to date with important topics like Autism. 

 This program is designed to raise your level of understanding, and  your skill level in managing the Autistic patient.

Course Description: This important program covers topics related to Autism, such as;

  • History of Autism
  • Causes and Epidemiology
  • Diet and nutritional impacts
  • Signs and symptoms of Autism
  • Early screening tools and concepts
  • Early intervention and therapy
  • Behavioral management assessment
  • Behavioral management techniques
  • Health care needs for the future

Attendees can expect to enhance their professional stature by learning to identify this disorder in the early stages and provide life changing guidance to family, friends, coworkers, and to the patient population.

 Together, we play a role in solving this puzzle, and education is the foundation that supports this future.

Autism presents a unique challenge for healthcare professionals.

 Children with autism require and deserve all of the dental services provided to the typical child, but are often neglected because:

  • They are often orally sensitive making at-home dental care difficult and often impossible
  • Parents avoid the dentist due to preconceived fears about difficulties associated with routine visits
  • Autistic children have oral habits such as chewing and biting which can negatively affect dentition
  • Correction of a poor bite is perceived as next to impossible
  • Frequent trauma from accidents injures the front teeth of autistic children
  • Behavioral management is often rewarded with decay-creating sugary snacks
  • Poor eating habits as well as pacification eating and drinking of sugary foods

Date:                 Wednesday,  November 15, 2017   

Time:                 9:00am to 12:00pm       

Credits:             3 CEU’s    [AGD Code: #753 & 754]

Tuition:             $85.00  

Location:          DSI: Fairfield, NJ

Instructor:       Dr. Cavan Brunsden

Cavan M. Brunsden, DMD is presently the owner of KidZdent, a pediatric dentistry and orthodontic practice in central New Jersey.  He directs The KidZdent Center for Special Needs Dentistry, a model concept in providing dental care to special needs patients, especially children with Autism.  Dr. Brunsden is a former school teacher and school administrator who now applies his background in education to his pediatric patients.  He is active in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the NJDA, where he manages state-wide initiatives related to children’s dental health.

He lectures extensively on the role of dentistry in caring for the Autistic child.

Additional information


Wednesday, November 15, 2017 / Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm / Location: DSI: Fairfield, NJ