Dental Anxiety FAQ

Dental Anxiety FAQ

How does Dr. Meggan help with dental anxiety?
Dr. Meggan has special training to help anxious children feel secure during dental treatment. Having our child friendly office helps, too. All of our team members have chosen to work in a pediatric dental practice because they love children and honor the trust you instill in us to take care of your child.
How will Dr. Meggan help my child feel comfortable?
There are many methods to help children feel comfortable with dental treatment. Dr. Meggan and her team utilize the "Tell-Show-Do" technique which is very effective for children. Coaching, modeling, distraction, and parent participation are other possibilities to give your child confidence in dentistry. By far the most preferred technique is positive approach using praise. Every child does something right during a dental visit and we will always tell them that. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is used during restorative visits, which also helps to calm some children.
Should I accompany my child into the treatment area?
Infants and all children under the age of 3 are accompanied by a parent for most visits. Dr. Meggan has an excellent team that is trained to help children overcome anxiety. For this reason, we ask that your child accompanies us through the dental experience alone. You will be amazed at how well your child will do! Please try not to be concerned if your child exhibits some negative behavior. Our job is to help them get through their dental procedures as quickly and pleasantly as possible. Careful and loving coaching will help your child have a positive dental experience. Studies and experience have shown that most children over the age of 3 react more positively when permitted to experience the dental visit on their own. We have a child friendly office and most children look forward to coming to see us. If Dr. Meggan has specific recommendations for you to accompany your child on a restorative visit she asks that you be a silent partner to minimize distractions for your child allowing the most safe and productive visit.
But What If My Child Asks For Me?
Every child asks for their parent, so we anticipate the question. This is best handled with the use of distraction techniques. Treatment is delayed and will take longer if we need to stop every time a child asks for a parent. It is much easier for the child if treatment is completed in a timely manner. When a child asks for their parent, we tell them that mommy or daddy is waiting in the waiting room and will be so proud of them once they are finished. If Dr. Meggan feels parental involvement will help your child, she will ask you to accompany your child into the operatory.
What if a child doesn't cooperate for their dental care?
Our primary goal is to deliver safe treatment for your child. Occasionally, a child may require more assertive forms of behavior guidance to protect him or her from injuring themselves. These management techniques include the use of voice control, distraction techniques, protective stabilization or the recommendation of completing the procedures with sedation.