Of course, the public has to be educated and informed about possible risks and complications with children. But, if a child is not monitored and the dental office is not trained in advanced life support techniques, this could turn into a life and death situation very quickly.
Tell-Show-Do is a technique during which a pediatric dentist might name a dental instrument, demonstrate the instrument by using it to count your child's fingers, and then use the instrument in treatment.
This involves simply resting the nosepiece lightly on the child's face.
Dear Doctor, My 10-year-old has multiple cavities that need treating, and he’s really anxious despite the best efforts of our dentist.
We also use the modeling technique which pairs a timid child in dental treatment with a cooperative child of similar age.
Coaching, distraction, and good old TLC are other techniques to give your child confidence in dentistry. Every child does something right during a dental visit, and pediatric dentists use praise to encourage good behavior.