The joys of children’s dentistry do exist. For some people, they are antonyms in that they are more likely to feel fear and pain than to feel joy. Because of this sad fact, there are many children in this country for whom needs dental work, leaves a bad taste in their mouth.
Dentists are wise to this unfortunate trend, and there is a new trend. They have learned that it is not wise to expect children to just deal with a dental office that is set up for adults. If you really want children to feel comfortable, then you have to plan the office around the needs of children. This simple truth is the guiding force behind children’s dentistry. For that reason, many pediatric dentists are in children’s hospitals.
Children’s or pediatric dentistry, begins with selecting the right staff. Look for a “dds” or “dmd”, which means the dentist graduated from an accredited dental school. Children are more sensitive to the moods and behaviors of the people around them than adults usually are. Thus, as bad as a drill is an apathetic dental hygienist can have more of a negative impact on a child than the drill ever could. Children, to feel comfortable in this clinic, need to have select personnel who are good with children.
There is a vast difference between being good with teeth and being good with children. Populating the office with people who care about and can relate to children is a huge step towards improving the experience of children visiting.
Having the right people is important, but it is not everything. Children are curious and imaginative by nature. When they are forced to sit still for long periods of time, they tend to get restless. Thus, the waiting area at the clinic, should be kid friendly. Wall murals, statues, a play area, books, trains, and other toys can help to occupy children while they are waiting. During the procedure, a TV in the ceiling paired with a set of headphones can give children something to do while they are sitting in the examination chair. Designing the clinic with the needs of children in mind is a huge step toward making children feel at home.
A TV in the ceiling, a nice hygienist, and a fun waiting area are important components of childrens dentistry, but there is more to consider. A TV in the ceiling cannot hide the pain of receiving a filling. As much as a dentist tries to avoid inflicting pain, some pain should be expected when they drill and fill teeth. To make sure that children don’t hate the pain of going, laughing gas might be used to mask the pain of pain.
If is is set up with the needs of children in mind, he or she can provide a pleasant dental experience for children. The office should be sterile to avoid spreading germs, but it should not have to feel cold and sterile. Choosing the right personnel, setting up a fun waiting area, and using laughing gas to mask pain can make a dental clinic child friendly. Moreover, when a child feels comfortable, he or she is more likely to think more about the nice people at the dentist’s office.
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