Recently, a young patient of Dr. Jill Lasky surprised her with his crazy socks he wore just for her. His mom told Dr. Jill that when he knew he was going to the dentist, he specifically asked to wear them so he could be just like his pediatric dentist. Needless to say, this young boy has no hesitation going to the dentist and in fact, looks forward to seeing his “sock buddy,”but so many other children harbor fears of going to the dentist.
Unfortunately, so many children (and adults too) are fearful about going to the dentist. All of the doctors at the Lasky Pediatric Group always make their young patients feel at ease, and use the latest behavioral modification techniques to ease a fearful child into the dental exam process. It is so important that parents help their child overcome any fears they might have in concert with their dentist and do not force the child into an exam or treatment if they are not ready.
At LPDG, all the doctors will examine the child where they are most comfortable – that could be in the chair, on the floor or on their parent’s lap. This has been very successful for many children and has allowed the doctors to avoid sedation in many cases. Also remember, the parent’s attitude towards dentistry and their own personal attitudes really influence the child, so even though you might have had a bad experience with a dentist once upon a time, it is recommended that you never let your child know that was your experience. Being and staying positive before, during and after your child’s pediatric dental visit, is really the number one way to insure your child has a good experience.