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“Just Kidding Around” Three ways to make your child’s dental appointment less stressful!

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“Just Kidding Around” Three ways we at Canyon Dental try to make your child’s dental appointment less stressful.

For many adult patients, the dental office can be a source of great apprehension. Often
a source of great apprehension. Often the initiation of their dental phobias started in childhood and the memory of those unpleasant past dental experiences still causes great stress to them each time they find their way to the dental chair. In an effort to not have your children follow your pathway we at Canyon Dental Centre try to provide your children with a positive experience when they come to see us. How you
may ask….well here are three simple things we can do for you and your child.

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1. “Lets all be Positive” 

At Canyon Dental Centre our whole team tries very hard to emphasize each dental experience as a positive one. As a parent try to start this positivity at home by telling your children prior to their first experience how “fun” their trip to the dentist will be. Explain to them that they will go for a “ride” in the chair and that we will polish their teeth so they will have a brighter smile with shinier teeth. If you can avoid transferring any of your unpleasant past experiences to your children, then the opportunity for a great first trip to the dentist for their first checkup will be more likely. We at Canyon Dental Centre do our best to greet them
with smiles and show them a great first time and make their first trip fun. We listen to them and our team will never force a child to do anything they do not agree with. We do need cooperation from your child to complete dental treatment but we will never “hold them down” or “force them to open” in order to complete the treatment.

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2 “The Law of Distraction”

Every parent worries about the dreaded shot and their child getting a needle. At times if the cavities are small we can do the fillings with a dental laser or finish the filling without having to give the needle. Unfortunately there are times when the dental work will require local anesthetic ( freezing) to complete for your child. The best thing is to not overly prepare your child before hand. We will explain to your child that we are going to put some “sleepy juice” onto their tooth to put all the sugar bugs to sleep.

One of the techniques we have found effective while doing the injection /freezing is distraction. Dr Rafati starts to tell the kids a story I came up with on the spot. It was about the bunnies she had seen in her backyard, and guess what ….. It totally worked. They didn’t even flinch an eye. Dr. Rafati asks them to close their eyes and then she starts the story. When all done she asks them to open their eyes and much to their surprise and their patents, the ‘painless’ injection was done 🙂

Quite a mind play but aha has tried this many times and we can confidently say it works on the majority of kids unless they have been traumatized in the past or there are other underlying reasons.

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3. “Its no Laughing Matter” – Inhalation Sedation

At times, either because the amount of dental work is too much, the child is too young or is just too anxious for positive behavioural methods to be effective, another method must be employed to complete the necessary dental work. Oral sedation (Nitrous Oxide or Laughing gas) can at times provide us with the necessary calming effect for your child.

Nitrous Oxide or laughing gas is simply a gas which you can breathe in. It has no color, smell, and doesn’t irritate. Laughing gas is given through a small breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose, allowing them to relax, but without putting them to sleep. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective technique to use for treating children’s dental needs. The gas is mild, easily taken and with normal breathing, it is quickly eliminated from the body. It is non- addictive. While inhaling nitrous oxide/oxygen, your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes.

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Prior to your appointment:

* Please inform us of any change to your child’s health and/or medical condition.

* Tell us about any respiratory condition that makes breathing through the nose difficult for your child. It      may limit the effectiveness of the nitrous oxide/oxygen.

* Let us know if your child is taking any medication on the day of the appointment.

* Please do not feed your child within one hour of dental procedure.

* Please inform us of any change to your child’s health and/or medical condition.

* Tell us about any respiratory condition that makes breathing through the nose difficult for your child. It      may limit the effectiveness of the nitrous oxide/oxygen.

* Let us know if your child is taking any medication on the day of the appointment.

* Please do not feed your child within one hour of dental procedure.

Final thoughts: At Canyon Dental Centre we try very hard to make sure that kids enjoy coming to the dentist, and see it as a fun place to visit. Be positive at home prior to the dental appointment, let us explain to your children in non anxiety terms what we are going to do for them and if needed through behavioural methods ( distraction) or with the benefit of sedation (Nitrous Oxide) we will attempt to complete any dental treatment your child requires. The combination of our teams efforts to make the dental appointment a fun one and your efforts to promote the positive aspects of going to the dentist we can make going to the dentist…..FUN!

Dr. Neda Rafati graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2010. She is a kind, caring and compassionate dentist who enjoys working with families and children.

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