During a filling appointment, we will help your child feel safe and relaxed in the dental chair. Depending on the needs of your child, we may ask that you wait in the waiting room to help the appointment go smoothly. If your child seems a little nervous, we have nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” available to help relieve some of their anxiety.
During the procedure, we will work with your child to achieve their cooperation throughout the procedure using a variety of behavior management techniques. The most common and effective technique used in pediatric dentistry is called the “Tell Show Do”. Most children respond very positively to TSD and are cooperative during procedures
Often, children become fearful of dental procedures because of the experiences of their parents. Please try to help us by being honest with your child about their appointment without making them afraid of their visit. Positive reinforcement is strongly encouraged to help your child learn appropriate and cooperative behavior.
An important aspect of pediatric caries maintenance is performing a caries risk assessment to determine the need to future adjuncts to caries prevention. Based on your child’s specific needs, we may prescribe in office fluoride, at home fluoride, or more frequent visits to our office to help control and prevent future decay.