For some children and parents, the first visit to the dentist can be a stressful situation. First, we establish trust between the child in an effort to set a positive tone for the rest of your child’s life with their dentist. We meet with the child one-on-one so that the child may be introduced to the dentist and her team without the parent. While the parent may feel like their presence in the treatment area is comforting, actually the opposite is true. The child may feel like the parent is there to protect them from these “strangers” and cause undue discomfort and anxiety to the child.
We then will implement the “show-tell-do” method to introduce the child to first things they know like a toothbrush, then to the other dental implements in a way that’s been proven to help them explore the process in a comfortable way. An open and honest dialogue helps the child to feel comfortable and know what to expect during any treatments. We never use sedative drugs or anesthesia as our goal is to have a well-adjusted child that is not afraid of the dentist. Even children on the spectrum or who may have disabilities can benefit from this nurturing learning atmosphere.