We invite parents to stay with their infants during the initial examination, as well as any future visits. We look at this as a team approach in overcoming apprehension, gaining your child’s confidence, and providing the safest environment.
We find that once we establish a certain comfort level, many children feel comfortable in coming to the treatment area by themselves. We also feel that children do better by themselves if they require treatment. It is our goal to make this a great experience. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.
Our dental staff tailors behavior guidance and management techniques based on your child’s level of comfort with us. We use various techniques to establish positive communication and ensure a happy and comfortable environment.
- Tell-show-do: A verbal explanation of the dental procedure on an age appropriate level, followed by a demonstration, after which the procedure is completed.
- Nonverbal communication: Reinforcement and guidance of behavior through appropriate physical contact, posture, facial expressions and body language.
- Positive reinforcement: Awarding good behavior with verbal praise and rewards.
- Distraction: A technique that diverts the child’s attention from what he/she may perceive as unpleasant. It can involve taking breaks throughout a procedure if needed.
- Voice control: Moderation of the voice to help direct your child and reinforce appropriate behavior.
Protective stabilization is used in cases where it is necessary to protect the child, parent, family member, staff or dental practitioner from injury during a dental appointment. In the event of an unexpected reaction to dental treatment, protective stabilization can:
- Restrict or eliminate physical movement
- Protect patient and others from harm
- Enable the staff to perform necessary dental treatments
Stabilization units are routinely used in emergency rooms and we offer this option to parents with a signed informed consent and an explanation to the child regarding the need for restraint. We also encourage parents to consider all options for an uncooperative child, including sedation, behavior guidance techniques and lifestyle changes (nutrition, exercise and sleep patterns).