We feel each patient's first visit is the most important. This is when your child meets Dr. Weinstein ("Dr. Lee") and his staff, sees that the dentist office is a fun place to play in and explore, and learns that there is nothing to fear.
At the end of each visit, your child receives a variety of prizes and fun dental-care items. Dr. Weinstein always makes time to talk to each parent before and after his or her child's treatment.
Q; How does a pediatric dentist help with dental anxiety?
A: Pediatric dentists have special training in helping anxious children feel secure during dental treatment. Pediatric dental offices are designed for children. Our staff members are selected to work with us because they have a genuine and unique desire to work with children. An integral part of their job is to make the child calm, comfortable, and confident. It really does take a special talent to do that.
Q: How will the pediatric dentist help my child feel comfortable?
A: Pediatric dentists are trained in many methods to help children feel comfortable with dental treatment. For example, the the Tell-Show-Do technique. A pediatric dentist might name a dental instrument, demonstrate the instrument by using it to count your child’s fingers, and then apply the instrument in treatment. We spend the time necessary to take the child to the next step. Patience is practiced here. The modeling technique pairs a timid child in dental treatment with a cooperative child of similar age. Coaching, distraction, and parent participation are other possibilities to give your child confidence in dentistry. But by far the most preferred technique is praise. Every child does something right during a visit, and pediatric dentists let children know that all the time.
Q: Should I accompany my child into treatment?
A: Infants and some young children may feel more confident when parents stay close during treatment. With older children, doctor-child communication is often enhanced if parents remain in the reception room.
Q: What if a child misbehaves during treatment?
A: Occasionally a child’s behavior during treatment requires assertive management to protect him or her from possible injury. Voice control, speaking calmly but firmly, usually takes care of it. Some children need gentle restrain of the arms or legs as well. Our assistants may gently hold your child’s’ hands with a calming touch to reassure them. Mild sedation, such as nitrous oxide/oxygen, or a sedative, may benefit an anxious child. If a child is especially fearful or requires extensive treatment, other sedative techniques or general anesthesia may be recommended.