We have learned from our own experiences as well as from our patient’s, that traumatic experiences in the dental office happened as children. We commonly hear that the dentist was very short and impatient, and they experienced pain and trauma during the procedure. Many of these patients may not have had a bad experience since, but are still nervous or even scared of going to the dentist because of their first experience.
Dr. Adler understands a childs first visit to the dentist is important. At Adler Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we like to start our newest patients off on the right foot with a “Happy Visit”. Children usually have their first visit to the dentist when they are about 2 or 3 years old. A Happy Visit should be exactly what it says – a happy visit to the dentist.
The child is welcomed into the office by our very patient and sweet hygienist, Susan. Susan recognizes that sometimes just showing the child our office is enough for the first time With a parent present, Susan gives the child a ride up and down in the chair to get used to the idea that it moves. Susan also plays a short video, “Andy’s First Visit”. With the help of two of the cutest Jack Russell terriers, the child is able to see the equipment and tools used by Susan in this dramatized version of dogs going to the dental office. Andy and Buddy is a gentle way to expose children to their first visit to a dental office. Susan will then interact with the child, such as letting them feel the suction, air and water. She talks to them about how she would like to look in their mouth and count there teeth and even brush all the “germ bugs” off of them so they are nice and clean. Dr. Adler also joins the fun and says hello. Dr. Adler does as much of an exam as the child is comfortable with. In some instances bitewing xrays are taken. Some children are not ready to have anything done , & are not pressured to do more than they are comfortable with. We want the overall experience to be positive. Kids always enjoy ending any visit to the office by picking a prize out of our Treasure Chest.
We have had several mothers tell us that their children were actually upset when they found out that mom went to the dentist without them. We love to see children come in who are excited for their appoinment and ask to be the one to go first! Through their patient and friendly methods, Dr. Adler and Susan have been very successful with their treatment of children and are grateful that the children enjoy coming to the dentist.