Making Dental Visits Easy for Kids
With your help, dental visits can be a positive – even fun – experience for your kids. Our staff will spend a lot of time with your kids to help them feel comfortable and understand what they can expect. You can help us make their next visit a successful one by working with us to accomplish this goal!
Here’s what we suggest:
· Use only positive words when answering your kids’ questions. Soft, easy,Tooth tickling, tooth counting, fun and play are good words to use.
· Avoid using words like pain, hurt, needle and shot. These words make kids (and many adults) scared and anxious.-We also have nitrous oxide gas to help kids and big kids (over 20) to be more relaxed. If you would like to be in the room with your child – no problem we just ask that you be a quiet partner and let us explain- We have the words down pat!
· After treatment is completed, you can help continue the positive experience by praising your child and referring to the fun time they just had. Believe me, with the balloon animal they will get for being good and the other prizes they will love coming here!
· DON’T ask negative questions like: Did it hurt? Were you scared? Did you get a shot? These comments could make your child think that there was a reason to be afraid even though they were cooperative and had a good time. It might also make them afraid of future visits.
If your child receives any kind of anesthesia, assure them that their “tickly” or “sleepy” tongue will wake up soon and try not to bite their lip.