Patient: Cailan Newey

Type: Awake to Asleep
Gender: Male
Age: 17
Referral Source: Dr. Joshua Soloman, DDS, Livermore

Medical Profile: Autism spectrum, non-verbal, non-compliant to dental team

Chief Complaint: Severely discolored teeth and seemed to be displaying more discomfort than usual 


Cailan Newey has Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and suffers from the associated characteristics of significant difficulty communicating and interacting with others. At the age of 6, his parents took him for a dental checkup. The dentist had no solution for keeping him calm, other than “what amounts to a straitjacket”. Cailan was traumatized. At age 11 they tried again. This time the strategy was a gas mask, but they were unsuccessful getting it on. It took four people to hold him down for the general exam and they never were able to take x-rays.

As he got older and bigger, Tessa Newey, Cailan’s mom, believed he might never be able to get proper dental care. By the age of 17, Cailan’s teeth were actually orange and he was starting to have more meltdowns.

Tessa Newey set about seeking dental care for her son, but no one was capable of taking on his case. Finally, she was referred her to House Call Dentists and the Blende Dental Group. During the initial exam, at the San Francisco office, the staff was prepared to help Cailan feel that this time would be different. The lights were dimmed, the music was soft, and the team was caring. Instead of attempting to get the patient into a dental chair, the source of past trauma, the exam was planned in a small conference room. Dr. Blende gained Cailan’s trust and was successful in being able to look in his mouth.

Phase 2 for Cailan was asleep dentistry. Under general anesthesia at California Pacific Medical Center, Dr. Rosa Mathai completed the treatment plan – a deep cleaning, comprehensive exam, full series x-rays, 7 sealants, and 2 fillings. The process, procedure, and result were successful, and the recovery was fast and easy.

Mrs. Newey offered “the level of experience that the Blende team had made me feel that my child was in good hands from start to finish. It is such a huge relief for a parent, after being through so much, to find people who really know what they’re doing and can truly handle this challenging situation.”

Dental Team:
Dr. Rosa Mathai

Treatment Summary:

  • Deep cleaning
  • Comprehensive examination
  • Full series x-rays (FMX)
  • 7 sealants
  • 2 composite resin fillings

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