Many dentists treat kids as if they were small adults. In our practice, we understand and recognize that children are not small adults, and that they need a different approach to dental care.
One of the most well-known and successful behavioral techniques for working with pediatric dental patients is called, “Tell, Show, Do.” With this approach, we tell the child what we are going to do (at a child’s level), we show the child what we are going to do (again – at a child’s level), and then we proceed with treatment. This approach has shown to make children less apprehensive and is a much better way to work with kids than surprising them with instruments and tools.
Parents should tell their children that they are going to see the dentist, but they should not use negative reinforcement to try to elicit positive behavior. For example, do not say to your child “if you are bad, your filling is going to hurt.” All this does is give the child anxiety and makes it harder for us to work with him or her. Similarly, “if you are bad, you are going to get a needle” is another phrase to avoid. Explain to your child that they have an appointment for an exam or a filling and leave it at that. Please let us handle the explanations, as we have special words and techniques that we use to manage these exact situations.Get in Touch!
I went in and was immediately put at ease. They were willing to stay late to make sure my exam was through and a tentative plan was put into place. When I returned the following day to see the hygienist, a definitive plan was put into place and the doctor and staff made sure I understood each step and what was needed.
I don't really like to go to the Dentist but the staff and the Dr are awesome!! Very kind, happy and professional!! The Dr is very gentle and communicative; as he tells you what he is going to do in detail and is a warm, caring person.
Folks, if you're looking for a new dental practice...look NO further! My 1st phone call to schedule a consultation was met with a kind and caring person who seemed genuinely concerned with the problems and pain I was experiencing. Though her schedule was full, she managed to fit me in to see the dentist.