Here are our secrets to good dental visits for children.
In order to improve the chances of your child having a positive experience in our office, we are selective in our use of words. We try to avoid words that would scare the child. Please support us by NOT USING negative words that are often used for dental care. Here are some good tips:
Don’t Use: Instead Use:
Gas Happy air
Needle or shot Sleepy juice
Drill on tooth Clean a tooth
Pull or yank a tooth Wiggle a tooth out
Examination Count teeth
Rubber dam Umbrella
This will also help you understand your child’s perception of the filling experience. Our intention is not to “fool” the child—it is to create an experience that is positive. We appreciate your cooperation in helping us build a good attitude for your child!
We invite all parents to accompany their children during dental treatment, some children do better without parents present.
We suggest the following guidelines to help improve chances of a positive outcome.
Prepare your child with the following:
1. Be supportive of the practice’s terminology
2. Please be a silent observer
- This allows us to maintain communication with your child
- Children will typically listen to their parents instead of us and may not listen to our guidance
- You may give incorrect or misleading information
3. If asked to leave, be ready to step outside the treatment room.
- “Acting out” is normal, but can be dangerous for the patient during dental treatment
- We do this every day and will continue to support your child at all times
These are very important ways that you can actively help in the success of your child’s visit. We hope these guidelines will help prepare you with confidence for the upcoming appointment.