Children’s dentistry is a core dental service we offer at RiverRock Dental. One bad childhood experience at the dentist’s office can leave a lasting impression. And that unfortunate moment can lead to adults also avoiding biannual cleaning and necessary dental care. We do not want either reaction to happen.
We understand how busy can be. Your dental appointments should help improve your family’s health. We will do our best to be on time for your appointment. We’ll take the time to listen to your questions and consult with you about the different options that are available and best for you and your treatment.
We’re aware that sometimes parents also have a fear of dentists. Whether a parent’s anxiety is observed by a child or a dental horror story has been shared with the child beforehand, we want to make sure parents aren’t scared too. It is important that parents feel confident that their child is in the right place. If the legal guardian bringing the child in for dental care has any questions related to dental care, we will explain in easy-to-understand terms why these steps are needed.
We know that comfort with both asking questions and getting clear answers helps to make children’s dentistry that much easier. While we will also answer questions in simpler terms directly to an inquiring child, we are happy to have the guardian’s help at making the process easier. A parent can provide a comforting hand to the child during a dental procedure. Or, help us out by explaining simple tips to the child so he/she can prepare for an upcoming dental visit.
Maybe storytelling or answering a few questions just isn’t enough. If your child physically needs more assistance, and assuming there are no conflicting allergic reactions to medication, we can administer nitrous oxide (commonly known as laughing gas).This should reduce potential pain, pressure or discomfort during both routine and more involved dental care procedures.