Do you give shots? Will it hurt?
Numbing for Kids
In certain situations, children benefit from being numb for a procedure. Our team always strives to make your child's dentist visits as pleasant, easy, and not painful as possible. In order to avoid discomfort, certain procedures require numbing, anesthesia, or light sedation.
Reducing Fear Surrounding Shots
However, we do not use scary words like “shot,” “poke,” or “hurt.” Instead, we say things like “sleepy juice” and other child-friendly words. When in doubt, do not describe your child’s upcoming appointment in detail. Explaining dental treatment in advance to a child usually leads to elevated anxiety. When you arrive in our office, we will explain to them what we are going to do in child-friendly terms.
If you have any concerns about your child's up-coming visit or if you need tips on how to talk to them about the visit, please do not hesitate to contact our office. A friendly member of our team will be happy to answer all your questions.