The Traditional Approach
Approaches to Pediatric Dental Treatment.
We want your children to feel comfortable here, and at ease throughout their treatment. That’s a tall order, we know, and it’s not a promise, but we really try our best.
Here are some of the things we find effective, and we’re always open to hearing about your children’s individual needs and and coping mechanisms so we can all have a productive and rewarding appointment.
Tell Show Do
We “tell” the child what we are doing, “show” what we are doing, and finally “do” the task.
This is a more assertive approach to behavior management that may be necessary to gain your child’s attention.
You know as well as we do, when children need comfort, they look for mom and dad. You’d be surprised, though, by how well they can also do without you. If you are concerned about not being in the room with your child, know your children may surprise you. Feel free to see for yourself by taking breaks from the waiting room to check on your child.
Singing, dancing, movies, music, and a fun filled atmosphere help to keep your child’s mind off of what’s going on in their mouths – that’s the kind of environment we’ve created here at Sprout Dental. See it for yourself.
We believe in rewarding good behavior. Even when behaviors aren’t so good, we find that a prize can usually end the appointment with a smile. It’s not about bribes or blackmail, it’s about recognizing good qualities like listening, understanding, and maturity. Of course, we have the best prize boxes in the WORLD for your child to pick from!
Positive Reinforcement & Praise
Every child does something right during a dental visit and we will always let them know what it is. This is one of the most effective approaches and something we love to do.
Occasionally we will ask a parent to help position their child so that they are safe but comfortable during treatment. In worst case scenarios we have a safety blanket that will gently swaddle your child to allow us to perform any necessary treatment needed.
Dental work can be completed this way on very cooperative patients who only need a small amount of work completed.