What is Behavior Management?
Creating A Relaxing Atmosphere
Most patients are happier when they are relaxed. We employ a number of behavior management techniques that will help your child have a calm, successful appointment.
Please schedule the visit when your child is not in pain. Let the staff and your child meet each other. We all work here because we like children and want to get to know our patients. Our office is designed with children in mind. We want them to feel welcome and comfortable.
Knowing What To Expect
Pediatric dentists are trained in behavior management to help their little patients relax. Every child is different, and the dentist can gauge what will help your child. We may first talk about what we are going to do. We might show how we count their teeth. Knowing what to expect can go a long way in easing fears.
Distracting the child can have a calming effect. Engaging them in conversation and letting them listen to music or watch TV are often successful methods. And we will always praise your child for cooperating. Every child does something right during the visit, and positive reinforcement is a great motivator.
In some cases, we may recommend sedation. If your child is especially anxious, has a strong gag reflex or needs work that will take a long time, a mild sedative may be needed. We will discuss the options if we think sedation is necessary.
Behavior management can help calm your child and build a sense of trust with us; that way, we can provide the high quality care your child deserves.