Your child’s first visit to the Pediatric Dentist should be by age 2, unless you have a concern or worry that needs to be addressed sooner. Your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions that they have. The less to do concerning the visit the better as trying to over explain to your child will only confuse your child or implant undue anxieties into your child.
It is best to refrain from using words around your child such as “needle”, “shot”, “drill”, “pull”, or “hurt”. We make a practice of using words that convey the same meaning but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.
Please do not be concerned if your child exhibits some fear or anxiety, or even negative behavior. This is not unusual and we make every effort to help your child work their way through their dental visit in a positive and educational manner. With good parental support, most children learn what to expect rapidly and become comfortable in the dental environment as soon as their personalities will allow.
We have found through our specialty dental training, education, studies in the dental literature, and 28 years of experience that children will do better with the parent staying in the waiting room. We are highly experienced in alleviating your child’s anxiety and helping your child gradually gain confidence and self empowerment. We have also found that your child will develop a strong relationship with Dr. Cobb and the staff as well as feel a strong sense of self accomplishment when they complete their dental visit with the parent staying in the waiting room. Some children do take some time to gain this strength of independence, but we have found that if the parent supports the Pediatric Dentist, the child will gain self confidence and feel a rewarding sense of accomplishment that cannot be duplicated elsewhere.