Our staff and I love to treat all children, including small children. Children are much better patients in the mornings than in the afternoons. In the afternoon, many children are just too tired and fidgety. Therefore we ask the parents of small children patients to schedule the appointments as close to 8:00 am as possible.
Because we perform General dentistry for the majority of family members and are not dental specialists as pediatric dentists, we do not use sedation or restraint when treating children. We do use the “Gas” (nitrous oxide and oxygen), which is a safe gas that helps children relax during dental treatment procedures. The “Gas” is completely out of the human body within 5 minutes after removing the inhalation mask from the patient’s nose.
We ask that the parents or Guardians read an information sheet which explains the importance of using positive words and avoiding negative words when your child needs a dental procedure performed. We ask that the Parent or Guardian wait in the reception room while your child is being treated, unless Dr. Chancey and the Parent or Guardian agree that the Parent or Guardian may be present and seated in the hallway outside of your child’s treatment room during dental treatment.
Below is a copy of the Parent/Guardian information sheet:
Information to Parents or Guardians with small children needing dental treatment. Parents or Guardians, this note is to help make your child a good or better dental patient
I. Before any dental treatment begins: Please be careful to not use upsetting words like “hurt”, “shot”, or “needle” at anytime. If you child asks, “Will it hurt”? , tell the child that “It will not bother them”.
II. While dental treatment is being performed by the dentist: It is best if your child has dental treatment done while the Parents or Guardians wait in the reception room. Dr. Chancey must approve of any Parent or Guardian being seated and present in the hallway next to your child’s treatment room. You will be able to talk to and re-assure your child while seated in the hallway. Your child will have the assurance that you are nearby. We only allow trained dental personnel in the treatment rooms during a dental treatment procedure.
1) Please don’t talk unless it is absolutely necessary. Your quiet presence is all your child needs for reassurance.
2) Please don’t use any of the upsetting words as “shot, needle, hurt, and etc.
3) Please do not watch the procedure being done as only trained dental assistants may watch any dental procedure. Please read a magazine or look away from the treatment.
III. After the dental treatment is completed:
1) If your child was a good patient, you should praise and reward the child. Please do not reward the child if things could have gone better. Protect he child from other family and relatives who may upset the child after the appointment by asking questions like, “Did the dentist give you a shot, did it hurt, or did he stick you with a needle”? These questions only contribute to the child’s insecurity about the next dental visit.
2) Please caution your child not to bite or suck on the numb lips, tongue and cheeks. Many children will chew the numb area. Call our office if this occurs and we will prescribe a salve for you to put on the injured area.
3) The Novocain causes many children to become sleepy. Please hold your child’s hand as you walk them to the automobile and secure them in the automobile with a seat belt.
IV. Referral to a children’s dentist. Sometimes it is necessary to refer a child to a children’s specialist dentist (pediatric dentist). A pediatric dentist operates in an “open bay” treatment room environment where children are all in the same room. The “peer pressure” of being in the same room with other children is a great incentive for the child to co-operate and be a good patient. General dentists have semi-private treatment rooms and do not have the advantage of open bay treatment rooms. Also, some children need to have sedation for their dental treatment. We make a determination whether your child needs to be referred to a pediatric dentist. Many times we treat these referred children when they are older as they sometimes only need to see a pediatric dentist until they are older and more mature.
Thank you for allowing us to treat your child.