How to prepare a child for dental treatment? Recommendations to parents
Every day a lot of children of all ages come to me. Mom led some to a routine examination, and others to a full-fledged treatment of dental problems. And the first and other case must be decided taking into account the age and psycho-emotional preparation of the child for cooperation. But sometimes there are children who have already received their bitter experience of treatment and real fear of dentists. Then what to do? In this article I will give some recommendations on how to make a visit to the dentist painless for the psyche of the child.
When is it better to refuse treatment?
Yes, sometimes children already come to me, having received negative experience in dental treatment. They were forcibly held in a medical chair and carried out the so-called treatment. I am opposed to this method, and even more so, to keep the child against his will, allegedly when it comes to treatment “here and now / at any cost. I would not even have an adult in my chair, not like a child.
Believe me, no one will benefit from this method: the child has a psychological trauma, the parent has a feeling of being a traitor, the doctor has stress because of fear of injuring, twitching from fear and pain of the baby, if the teeth are treated without pain relief.
What can we say about the quality of such treatment? As my practice shows, a seal placed in such “field” conditions flies out after a small amount of time. Then parents have to overpay.
I want to contact all parents. Refuse treatment if the child is very small and not ready to cooperate with a doctor. In no case do not hold the child by force! Also discard removal or treatment without pain relief. This is very painful!
Milk teeth also have roots and nerves. Therefore, do not think that removing children’s teeth is less painful. All parents want only the best for their kids. So provide him with a comfortable treatment. The child should be ready and adapted to treatment. He must accept it.
How to prepare a child for dental treatment?
Children need to be gently led to treatment. They need to show, teach and tell everything. In fact, the children are quite obedient by nature, yes, you heard right! My child is also difficult to call the most obedient … but only at home, in the circle of relatives and family, in comfortable conditions. With outsiders, if you win their trust, you can achieve incredible heights.
This is what my assistant and I do when a baby comes to see us. And here all the child’s adaptation methods are good: songs, dances, cartoons, balls, and even a little pampering. Voila! Children run to us not with fear, but with joy.
The kid begins to trust and allows the doctor to do more and more manipulations in the treatment, and even more complicated. He can forgive the dentist, even if he was a little uncomfortable. For an adult patient, treatment may also not be comfortable.
Only on the foundation of a trusting relationship between a doctor and a small patient can one achieve the necessary treatment result and instill a love of hygiene as a bonus. And all because the baby knows that at any moment he is free to suspend the procedure. For example, if he is tired.
Of course, sometimes a child does not want to cooperate with a doctor at all and his fear is too great. Even in such cases, it is still impossible to reach forcible holding in a chair. It is better to turn to such treatment methods as LAX or anesthesia – general anesthesia. But this is a completely different topic for conversation.