Why should my child see a pediatric dentist instead of our regular family dentist?
Pediatric dentistry is a dental specialty that focuses on the oral health of young people. Following dental school, a pediatric dentist has two to three years additional specialty training in the unique needs of infants, children and adolescents, including those with special health needs. Our staff has also chosen to work closely with children, so everyone is our office is sure to take good care of your child!
What will the pediatric dentist do to calm and comfort my child during treatment?
Since pediatric dentists are educated on how to relate to children, we use a variety of methods to make kids feel comfortable. One method is “Tell-Show-Do”, where the pediatric dentist introduces the utensil or tool, demonstrates how it will be used and then applies the technique in the child’s mouth. This helps children understand the procedure better. Another method is the Modeling technique, where the young patient is coupled with an older patient. The experienced patient offers a trusted companionship and also serves as a slight distraction so the younger patient doesn’t worry about the dental treatment. Our favorite comforting method is simply praising the child for a job well done! This builds confidence and trust in our relationship with the child as well as self-esteem.
Should I join my child in the treatment area?
Babies and very young children will likely want their parent to accompany them in the treatment room, and we welcome you. Older children usually establish a better rapport with the dentist and team if they do not have a parent present. Ultimately, it is up to you and your child.
What happens if my child misbehaves?
We understand that children act out sometimes. If this happens, we use assertive management in order to calm the child. This will protect the child from injuring him/herself and other children. Our assertive management technique is typically sturdy voice commands, where we speak strictly but calmly, which usually dissipate the situation. On occasion, some children require slight arm and leg restraint. If the child is overly fearful, we will ask you about using other sedative techniques in order to calm the child and ease his/her fears.