Despite great advances in oral health, cavities do unfortunately still occur. If your child requires a filling, here are some tips:
- A first filling or other dental procedure is an experience that can create a healthy attitude towards any future procedures, so a positive approach is important.
- Be honest with children when asked questions, but don’t over explain it. You can tell them ‘You have a little hole in your tooth that the dentist is going to fix. It will be very easy and he will show you everything he is going to do’. The doctor and assistant have lots of experience explaining things in an easy to understand, non-intimidating way.
- When discussing the appointment with the child, avoid words like ‘hurt’, ‘pain’, or ‘needle’ even if it is in the form of ‘It’s not going to hurt’. Simply hearing these words might upset them unnecessarily. With topical numbing gels, nitrous oxide and local anesthetic, children’s dentistry does not hurt. The child may feel a small pinch with the anesthetic injection, but quite often he or she is unaware of it altogether.
- We have had great success when parents remain in the waiting room during the procedure. If you choose to be in the room, it is important to not give instructions or otherwise communicate with the child. It can often confuse the child and make them reluctant to follow the dentist or assistant’s instructions.