How can you keep my child comfortable?
No "Shots" Here!
Of course, that's not entirely true. But our numbing process ensures that many children aren't even aware that they received a shot of local anesthetic, so we don't bother to tell them! We use child-friendly words like "sleepy juice" to avoid lying and abusing your child's trust, while not being entirely up-front with what we are doing. We ask that you leave this discussion to us rather than preparing your child at home. After all, we do it every day! Our numbing process includes:
- Topical anesthetic, which is applied to numb the cheek before an injection, and we give it plenty of time to work
- Distraction, which gets your child to think about something else instead of what is actually happening
- Slow numbing - the slower we go, the easier it is, and since we don't double-book we have plenty of time to keep your child comfortable
- Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, for more anxious children
For anxious children, young children, or those with extensive dental needs, we offer different levels of sedation for dental care. This can range from medicine that can be taken in our office to help your child relax to general anesthesia, where your child is completely asleep and all dental care is completed in one visit. No matter which option you choose, our friendly staff is committed to keeping your child safe and comfortable throughout their visit with us.
We have a variety of amenities to help your child feel more welcome at our office. This includes children's books and toys in the waiting room, as well as a DVD player in the treatment area. Feel free to bring your child's favorite movie to watch - we get tired of watching our movies! But we're also modest, there's no 12-foot-tall two-story treehouse in our waiting room. We do our best to provide child-friendly care at a reasonable cost to you. And we know you won't be in the waiting room long!