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The experiences that a child has at the dentist can affect the way they feel about dental visits throughout their lifetime.
When a child is fully prepared for what will happen during their visit, whether it is a routine check-up and cleaning or more extensive work, the stage is set for proactive dental care into adulthood and beyond.
Some dentists in las vegas specialize in pediatric dentistry, but a child can feel just as comfortable going to the same dentist as their parents. That way they are able to coordinate visits and develop an ongoing relationship with their dentist from an early age. Absolute Dental practitioners are used to working with children and can love to accommodate them.
At Absolute Dental, we promise to make each experience better than the first – for both parent and child. Our team of dedicated dental professionals are trained “kids dentists,” and go through many steps to ensure two things:
After completion of the initial exam, each child’s parent has a chance to meet the doctor to discuss the status of their child’s oral health, as well as options for any advanced or “operative” work that may be needed. In most cases, our dentists will be able to complete services on the same day.
The Absolute Dental staff is trained to use basic behavioral management techniques in order to make all pediatric procedures a pleasant experience for both the child and the parent. Before any procedure is performed, our doctors explain and show the child what will occur.
At the end of the appointment, our coordinators meet with the parents to give a detailed description of the work completed, provide after care instructions, issue prescriptions if needed, and answer any questions that the parent may have. Each child is also allowed to select a toy from the treasure chest upon completion of their appointment.
Wherever you choose to take your child, it is important for the parent or guardian as well as the dental professionals to consider the visit from a child’s point of view. Here are some guidelines for parents to review when planning a children’s appointment that is pleasant, painless, and fun.
An Absolute Dental professional will never force a child into a procedure that isn’t necessary at that time if the child shows a great deal of fear. Many procedures can be rescheduled unless there is a severe amount of decay, an extraction is needed, or the damage is to a permanent tooth.
Children should have procedures explained to them in an age-appropriate manner so that they understand what will happen. If they feel more comfortable with their parent present, Our dentists encourages parental participation in order to get through the procedure with a minimum amount of fear and discomfort for all involved.
Try to consider the dental experience from a child’s point of view. A dental office full of strangers and tools can have a negative effect, especially on very young children. Older children may have a fear of needles, drills, or the effects of anesthesia, especially if they have previously had a negative experience. If the child is crying or seems to be in emotional distress, it is best to wait and try again at another visit. A dental appointment should never become the basis for a life-long fear of dentists.
Fear of the unknown is common. The more a child knows about the process and the more honest parents and dental professionals are about letting the child know what will happen, the less the likelihood of serious problems.
However, there is always the chance that a child will develop a fear due to prior experience or misinformation. Below are some common fears that many children and adults have about visiting the dentist and some ways to help them cope with these fears.
Child patients or their parents will be apprised of what is happening at every step of the procedure. If the patient is in discomfort, our dentists will accommodate them as far as they possibly can.
If you don’t have a regular, family dentist, get referrals from friends or family members when looking for a dentist for your child. Visit the office before hand and don’t be afraid to ask important questions about office policies and insurance coverage. If you don’t feel comfortable with a practitioner, shop around.
Parents can help their child cope with a visit to the dentist in several ways. If it won’t affect your own treatment, try taking your child with you when you come to Absolute Dental. Relax, so that they can see a dental appointment as a routine and necessary part of life.
Of course if you are having a major procedure, it might be best to leave them at home. In this case, try to arrange for the child to come to the office before their appointment so they can meet their dentist in a non-threatening scenario.
Set an example with your own behavior and teach your child good dental hygiene, such as proper brushing and flossing, from an early age. Good tooth care as a child leads to good habits as an adult and avoids a lot of trouble with tooth decay and gun disease later in life.
Don’t panic if a child loses or damages a tooth. Problems with baby teeth, unless they are very severe, will almost always go away with the loss of that tooth. Assess the situation and use your judgment before having them seen. If they are in a lot of pain or the damage is to a permanent tooth, bring them in.
Preventative care is the cornerstone of good dental health. The earlier a child is exposed to a regular routine of check-ups and tooth maintenance, the better the chance that they will develop good habits that will keep them smiling for life.