Sensory Adapted Dental Environments to Enhance Oral Care for Children (SADE-2)
Principal Investigator: Sharon Cermak EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Pre-Doctoral Trainee: Dominique Como
May 2015 – Apr 2022
The SADE-2 study is a randomized clinical trial of 184 ethnically diverse children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We are investigating the efficacy of a sensory adapted dental environment (SADE) compared to a regular dental environment (RDE) to decrease children’s physiological anxiety, distress behavior, perception of pain, and sensory discomfort during a dental cleaning. If successful, this intervention has the potential to revolutionize clinic-based dental care for the growing population of children with ASD. It is an innovative solution that will enable dentists to more readily perform standard clinic-based procedures for children with ASD.
Awarded through NIH’s Diversity in Research initiative, the 1U01 DE024978-01S1 supplement will provide a research immersion opportunity in the development of a career trajectory as a research scientist. Ms. Como will receive training and gain experience in research methods, interdisciplinary collaboration, grantsmanship, and dissemination through presentations and publications.
The 3U01 DE024978-04S2 supplement is for a study to examine the prevalence and patterns of sensory processing dysfunction in a population of children with Down syndrome and its relationship to oral care challenges, and to determine the feasibility of adapting the sensory adapted dental environment (SADE) protocol for children with Down syndrome.
|Federal||NIH / NIDCR (Supplement)||3U01 DE024978-04S2||$375,251|
|Federal||NIH / NIDCR (Diversity Supplement)||1U01 DE024978-01S1||$161,077|
|Federal||NIH / National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)||1U01 DE024978-01||$3,246,693|