We encourage parents of apprehensive children to accompany their child on his or her very first visit to the dentist. This can help ease the child’s fears and make the dentist a place that your child will actually look forward to visiting. On subsequent visits, however, we suggest that you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. Here are a few reasons why:
Our staff is highly skilled at working with apprehensive children.
Remember: we work with apprehensive children on a regular basis, so we are fully prepared to help put your child at ease while he or she visits with us. Our office makes a practice of not using dentistry related words that would invoke confusion or fear; rather, we opt for words that convey the same message but are more pleasant to the child. In addition, our staff is well versed in educating children in particular on proper tooth care. They also happen to have a passion for making your child’s experience at the dentist a positive one. Finally, you can rest assured that your dentist has been formally trained to work with children, as pediatric dentists must actually go through two to three years of speciality training in order to work in pediatric dentistry.
We can usually establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present.
Letting your child accompany our staff on subsequent dental visits also typically allows us to establish a closer rapport with your child during the visit. This means that your child will grow to trust our staff and will likely feel less apprehensive about future visits to the dentist. We can truly make your child feel at home while he or she visits with our caring and positive staff.
It’s more convenient for you.
With all of this in mind, you simply don’t need to accompany your child on every visit to the dentist after that first visit. And ultimately, this is more convenient for you. You’ll be able to relax in our reception room as your child visits with our staff, and if you have multiple children visiting the dentist at once, you will be able to remain in the reception room to supervise the child who is waiting.