Parent Guidelines During Restorative Visits 

Dear parents,

You may choose whether or not you accompany your child to the treatment room his/her procedural appointment. Although we sense that some children do better without parents present, we are open to having you with your child. We even encourage it during their first procedural appointment.  If you choose to be present, we suggest the following guidelines to improve chances of a positive outcome:

  1. Allow us to prepare your child
  2. Be supportive of the practice’s terminology
  3. Anxiety is contagious. The more relaxed you are, the more relaxed your child will be.
  4. Please be a silent observer—let the movie distract them
    • This allows us to maintain communication with your child
    • Children will normally listen to their parents instead of us and may not hear our guidance
    • You might give incorrect or misleading information
  5. If asked to leave, be ready to immediately walk away
    • Many children will try to control the situation
    • “Acting out” is normal, but unacceptable during treatment
    • This is intended to “short circuit” the control attempt
    • We will continue to support your child at all times

These are very important ways that you can actively help in the success of your child’s visit. We are confident that all will go well and hope these guidelines will help prepare you with confidence for the upcoming appointment.

Do NOT use Our vocabulary
Exam Counting teeth
Tooth cleaning Tickling teeth
cavities Sugar bugs
Needle or shot Sleepy juice
Handpiece (drill) Mr. Whistle or Mr. Bumpy
Cleaning the cavities Washing out the sugar bugs
Extraction Wiggle a tooth (tooth fairy visits after)
Nitrous gas Magic air
Stainless steel crowns Superhero or princess teeth