Behavior Management / Speediatrics

What is "Speediatrics?"

We meet a lot parents who’s child has either previously had a traumatic experience with another dentist, or just generally fears the dental treatment experience. One of our greatest tactics is to move quickly and precisely while we explain what is happening so your child doesn’t have as much time to get over come with fear. We call this simple and effective approach “Speediatrics!”

Our top five approaches to helping your child feel more comfortable...

Voice Control

Tonality and phrasing are both crucial in helping children feel comfortable and secure. All of our team members use a calm and pleasant tone when speaking to your children, which helps neutralize their fears and become relaxed and trusting.

Tell-Show-Do

Education is a huge part of our core values, so we truly enjoy taking the time to carefully explain what each procedure entails, demonstrating the steps of the procedure, and then performing the procedure exactly as described. We have found this to be key in helping both parents and children have an enjoyable dental experience.

Positive Reinforcement

Celebrating even the small successes can be a BIG deal! Either with a big smile, verbal praise or a high five, we are firm believers in guiding children to appropriate behaviors. We really want them to look forward to coming to the dentist again, and we have found that highlighting good behavior is vital to that future success!

Providing Options

Whether it is simply picking out their toothbrush, or figuring out whether to sit in the chair or your lap for their appointment, our office prides itself in making your child (and you) feel comfortable by providing a multiplicity oof options. We have found that giving children the opportunity to make simple decisions allows them feel a sense of control which ultimately decreases their anxiety.

Modeling

Some patients feel more comfortable by watching others do the same procedure. Older children or siblings sometimes serve as a great example for younger patients to watch and realize how easy a procedure may be. We often find ourselves giving their favorite baby doll or super hero a check-up to let them be actively involved and understand the appointment process.

If Sedation is Necessary...

There are many factors that are considered when suggesting sedation options such as medical history, age, treatment and behavior. Children who may benefit from sedation dentistry may have:

  • A fear or anxiety of being at the dentist
  • A short attention span
  • Extensive dental work
  • Unique conditions that may challenge dental care

Nitrous Oxide

commonly known as Laughing Gas
This is a blend of two gasses: oxygen & nitrous oxide. When inhaled, it is absorbed by the body and has a calming effect. Your child will remain conscious and alert throughout the procedure, yet they will experience a sense of well-being and relaxation and be less worried about the sights, sounds and sensations associated with dental treatment. Nitrous oxide is one of the safest sedation options in dentistry and is quickly eliminated from the body by normal breathing. Learn More

We welcome Parents!

There is no one more familiar to YOUR child than YOU, we therefore encourage you to accompany them during their entire visit so you can talk to them and encourage them in your own voice and words. We have found that just the parents presence alone make a paramount difference in calming them and reducing their fears especially as we being the procedures.

No Restraints

One thing you can be sure of is that we DO NOT believe in restraining your child as this will cause even more anxiety! We have had much more success with sedation and believe that this is a much more effective method in creating a more comfortable dental experience.

Open Office Concept

A traditional dental office environment can overwhelm even the bravest children (and even adults). Our office caters to your child and we have put significant effort into creating a comfortable open office environment. From the bright colors and playful imagery, our goal is to put your child (and you) at ease. We know the dentist can be stressful, but it is our goal to make the experience an enjoyable one!
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