Each child responds in his/her own way to a dental visit. As healthcare specialists for children, we are used to this and stand ready with a variety of methods to help an individual child feel comfortable with dental treatment. Our main goals of behaviour guidance include:
(a) Establishing Communication with your child:
At Safari, we accomplish this by using age-appropriate language that your child understands. For example, children are often scared the first time they see the saliva ejector but when we call it "Mr.Thirsty" or the "Silly Straw", they usually become more receptive.
(b) Alleviating fear and anxiety:
Our office is ONLY for children staffed by people who have dedicated their careers to kids. By seeing other children receive treatment, kids sometimes feel more comfortable when its their turn. Our office is also built with an extremely child-friendly atmosphere filled with decorations, video games, prizes and stickers. Your child can also watch their favourite cartoons while getting their cleaning or treatment done. How cool is that! All of these things help in making what was once a fearful appointment into a fun experience!
(c) Getting the child involved in their visit:
At Safari, we feel that if children are involved during the appointment, they become less anxious and more excited. Therefore, we highly encourage giving the child some control over their visit. Whether its choosing which cartoon they want to watch or choosing the flavour of toothpaste from our toothpaste menu or choosing their favourite sticker from our famous sticker wall or choosing their favourite character toothbrush to go home with, we want the child leaving our office with a feeling that the dentist is a fun place to visit!
(d) Building a trusting relationship with your child:
A simple concept! We begin by taking the time to explain the treatment to your child with language that they understand. We then show them all the equipment and materials we use. And then, we finish by doing exactly what we said we were going to do. All of these things allow your child to build trust in their doctor. Many times, children are simply fearful because of the unknown. We offer no surprises to your child because we want them to keep on returning as a good dental patient for the rest of their life!
(e) Being Positive!
We are firm believers of positive reinforcement. Even if you feel your child did not cooperate during their appointment, there is always something positive that comes out of each visit. We make sure that we always approach the child in a positive manner and no matter what, each child will always leave our office with a prize.
The most important behaviour guidance technique is early and regular dental visits. The earlier and more frequent a child is exposed to the dental environment and can establish a relationship with the staff, the more likely your child will LOVE the dentist. What can we say, we love kids!!!
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