Many fearful children visit our office. That is why it is important to get all the kid’s dental care information possible from us, because some of them have been to other dentists before without success. These children are even more fearful and difficult to manage because they already have had an unpleasant or painful experience. Also, quite often at Arlington Smile Center, we find parents have not had great experiences at the dentist and the child senses the parent’s fear and hesitations, without the parent even realizing it.
The best thing you can do as a parent before your child’s first visit is to be calm and happy. Teach your child that the purpose of the first visit to our office will be only to count their teeth, play with Dr. Roca’s toys, maybe take pictures, and definitely to pick out a prize from our treasure chest. Please don’t try to explain further details to your child, as you may give hints that create false ideas of what will happen. We know the methods and have the techniques to manage your child’s behavior and fear.
Please refrain from using the following words with your child before their dental visit: pinch, poke, needle, shot, yank, blood, pull, drill, and hurt.
Some of our techniques are:
- Tell – Show – Do
- Modeling (using mom or dad as a model)
- Positive reinforcement
- Limits – control of behavior
In our profession, we are trained to recognize the reasons behind your child’s dental fear and anxiety, and to manage your child’s behavior. But please always expect age-appropriate behavior to occur. Most children can be managed by using some simple behavior management techniques. Others need more time and effort and a more complicated approach. The majority of children can cooperate well in the dental office for treatment if a correct and careful approach is applied. However, some children may need alternative options for their dental treatment, which we will discuss with each parent if the need applies.