When treating children, we recognize that children are not “small adults” and that they require a different approach to care vs. that which we take with our adult patients. The goal of any pediatric visit is to treat the child’s dental needs, but an equally important goal is for the child to have as pleasant a visit as possible. We provide an array of children’s dental services including exams, cleanings, Fluoride treatment, fillings and extractions where indicated.
Of the many management techniques we have for working with children, “Tell, Show, Do” is one of the most common. In this technique, we (a) tell the child what we are going to do (at the child’s level), (b) we show the child what we are going to do (c) and then we do the procedure. In this manner, we minimize the child’s fear of the unknown, and we help reinforce their feelings of knowing what is occurring with their treatment (again – at a child’s level).
Another manner in which we help make dental visits for children more positive is by using special vocabulary. For example, we don’t use the word “needle” and we try to avoid the words “hurt” and “pain.” As a parent, we ask that you do not tell you child that “it will hurt at the dentist unless you behave” or “be good or it will hurt.” Doing so stirs a child’s anxiety, and we want to work with the child to manage their fear and help them get through the appointment quickly and easily.Get in Touch
My wife and I had our first cleanings with Dallas Dental today and were extremely pleased with the consideration of Dr. McMiller, staff and Niki, who did our cleanings. No discomfort whatsoever and we both have sensitive spots in our mouths. Best cleanings ever. Very caring office.
I've never liked going to the dentist, the idea of needles in my mouth frightened me. My visit today was absolutely amazing, my hygienist (Nikki) made me feel at ease. When the Doctor came in to numb me, I didn't really feel a thing. I will continue to go there and I'm making my daughter an appointment as well.
Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. They were able to get me in on a same day appointment and called to check up a few hours later. I highly recommend using this dentist office. It will not be a dreaded experience.
I do not do well with people dealing with my mouth. I have never met a group so sensitive to my comfort while still doing an amazing job. No, most of the things that must be done at a dental office are not going to be fun, but this group makes it so much easier. I will recommend them to anyone! Thank you so much.