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Ray L. Pollock & Associates, D.D.S., P.A. | Helping Children Overcome Their Fear of the Dentist in Melbourne

Ray L. Pollock & Associates, D.D.S., P.A.

Pediatric Dental Specialists - Children’s Dentistry - Orthodontics
www.raylpollockandassociates.com

 1325 Pine Street
Suite 103
Melbourne, FL 32901
(321) 724-4520
www.raylpollockandassociates.com
  

Helping Children Overcome Their Fear of the Dentist

 

 At Ray L. Pollock & Associates, D.D.S., P.A., we employ a broad range of strategies and techniques to make your child’s visits to the dentist as pleasant as possible.  Ray L. Pollock & Associates, D.D.S., P.A. focuses exclusively on pediatric dentistry, and our staff has received advanced accreditation from respected medical institutions across the country.  Parents often ask what techniques we use to keep their children calm. Below is a list of some of the most common methods.

 

Reinforcement – Behavioral psychology teaches us that when an action receives positive encouragement, it tends to reoccur more often. Consequently, at Ray L. Pollock & Associates, D.D.S., P.A., we use facial expressions, tone of voice, encouraging phrases, and appropriate physical gestures to let the child know that he or she is doing well.  Children sometimes also receive stickers, toys, or other tokens of approval.

 

Distraction – When a child is preoccupied with a procedure, it is often useful to distract him or her with a nonstop stream of questions.  These questions can be about the child’s toys, friends, school, pets, or anything else related to daily life. Between questions, the dentist responds with personal observations.

 

Metaphors and Simple Language – Younger children have a limited vocabulary and therefore they require short sentences consisting of simple words. In addition, metaphors about everyday life can be used to communicate with children, especially when they are nervous. By making a connection between a procedure and common childhood experiences, the child is more likely to understand.

 

Tell-Show-Do – A mainstay of pediatric dentistry, this technique involves gradually familiarizing the patient with a procedure via a series of steps. In the first step, the dentist describes in detail everything the patient will experience. Subsequently, the patient is given the opportunity to examine the equipment involved with the procedure. Finally, once the child is ready, the dentist undertakes the procedure, carefully adhering to what was described in the first step.

 

Protective Stabilization – As a last resort, when there is an urgent need to perform a procedure and the child cannot be calmed down by any means, or if the child has behavioral problems that interfere with cooperation, a pediatric dentist will sometimes employ protective stabilization. A form of physical restraint, protective stabilization safely holds the child in place so that the dentist can perform the procedure.

 

In addition to these techniques, in some cases sedation can be employed to make the experience less difficult for the child. Often, however, a simple combination of pediatric techniques such as those above are sufficient to alleviate a child’s fears and earn the trust necessary to provide pediatric dental care.

 

For more information or to book an appointment with Dr. Ray L. Pollock, visit www.raylpollockandassociates.com or call 321-724-4520.


 

 

 
 
 
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