Parent Participation

We strive to make your child’s first visit a comfortable and fun experience. To make your child’s visit to the dentist a pleasant one, there are some things you, as parents, can do.

  • In discussing dentistry with your child, it would be helpful if you do not use the terms such as “drill”, “injection”, “pull”, “pain”, “hurt”, “needles” or any other words which might have an unpleasant meaning and might cause unnecessary fear. Our office strives to make a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child, words such as “buzzy bee” instead of “drill,” “sleepy juice” instead of “injection,” etc.
  • Please do not be upset if your child cries. Crying is a normal reaction to fear. Children may be afraid of anything new and strange to them. Kindness is the greatest contribution for overcoming fear and it must be our united objective to eliminate dental fears.
  • Try to avoid making a big deal of your child’s first visit with us, as children often take cues from their parents. The more casual and relaxed attitude you have, the more likely your child will be to follow your example!