What should I do to prepare my child and myself?
The most important tool we have to start your child off on the right path is good communication. We have very special words and actions that put children at ease. Based on experience, we have found that the less detail parents use to explain a visit to the dentist to their child, the more receptive and at ease they are during their visit. This allows us the opportunity to teach both children and parents the positive aspects of going to the dentist. A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease during future dental visits. We are experienced in managing children with anxiety and can explain treatment procedures in a positive and pleasant manner to minimize any anxious or negative feelings they may have toward dentistry. One last very important note, if a parent is afraid of going to the dentist, the chances are very good that their child will pick up on this. Please try very hard to have a positive attitude. Things are much different from past generations and there has been a remarkable shift in philosophy that is much more thoughtful of the child’s experience and emotions. Remember, our ultimate goals are to treat your child with great care, and make you and your child feel comfortable and relaxed with each and every visit.
What if my child cries?
That means they’re normal! Crying is one of the main methods of communication young children use as they are developing their verbal and emotional skills in the first 5 years of life. It is also a very normal reaction to the unknown, and we are trained to help fearful children through their dental experience. As your child matures, it is part of our goal to encourage their independence and promote their self-esteem. These are the qualities that allow children to cope with potentially difficult situations. Remember, when describing their visit, please do not use words such as “needle, shot, drill, pull,” or words suggesting unpleasantness. We will treat your child as our own, and perform the dental service in the easiest and safest way possible. It takes some kids several visits to start to feel at ease, but know that we are always working with your child’s best interest in mind.