LET’S HELP CHILDREN HAVE A GREAT DENTAL EXPERIENCE
We want to make all of our children have an excellent dental experience. We are committed to providing care that is comfortable, safe, and pleasant. We have developed techniques over the years that help to make this possible.
WHY CHOOSE US?
One of the more important things we have found is how the parents can make this experience easier for their children. All too often parents attempt to “help” by trying to prepare their child for their dental appointment. Parents will sometimes say things like, “it won’t hurt,” or, “if you’re good, you will get a reward.” These little things may not seem like much, but what you’re really saying to the child that there is something that will happen that they may not like. This is why we prefer to see our children at the early age of 1-2 years old. The goal will be to have them see the office, have their teeth counted, and if they are really good (and you could promote it this way), have their teeth shined!
These early visits are an opportunity for the children to see the office, the staff, and the dentists in a fun and positive atmosphere. We like this age because any dental problems they may have will be detected at an early stage. This will give us time to attend to their needs without having to force compliance on the child. We do not believe in forcing treatment on anyone. We believe that everyone will require dentistry throughout their lives. There is no better way to help someone have a lifetime of great oral health than to insure their early experiences are positive.
As much as we prefer helping children in this way, we don’t always get that opportunity. We sometimes have to help a child with a problem that needs immediate attention. Here again, we have some suggestions on how the parents can help us make their child’s experience more pleasant. As the parent, you have to be able to hold your personal past experiences from creeping into your child’s situation. You may have previously had a “scary” experience. That doesn’t mean your child is going to have one. Without going into techniques and psychology, we would just ask that you trust us enough to give us the freedom to handle your child in the best possible way. If you want to make a helpful comment, simply say, “Dr. Katherine/Dr.Uppleger are so nice; they are going to help make your sick tooth better.”
We have all seen situations where children are put into a new experience and adapt very quickly. Other children will be hesitant to leave the sight of their parent until they become more familiar. You know your child better than we do. We certainly don’t mind parents being present with their child for their earliest visits. We hope that you will agree that our goal should be to help your child feel comfortable, confident, and relaxed at the dental office, as early on as possible. As soon as you feel your child is ready, let’s encourage them to go in for their visit on their own. Children tend to behave better on their own, than when the parent is there watching.
We also want to reassure parents about what happens in the operatory. We never force children to comply. We don’t sneak treatment onto the children. We don’t mislead the children about treatment. We will however use certain language to communicate what we will be doing. For example, we never say we are going to give them a “shot”. We want the child to understand that what we do is different from other experiences. A shot at the medical doctor's office really does hurt- what we do is not in the same realm of discomfort. We want to relate to something that is comparable. We will say “a big squeeze, like a huge hug when you haven’t seen grandma in a long time and she squeezes you so tight!”
We don’t want to surprise them or mislead them. We show them how handpieces, “Mr. Whistle” and “Mr. Bumpy” sound and spray water. We show them the suction, “Mr. Thirsty,” and how he takes away the water. There are many phrases and techniques we will use. Please give us your trust to do what is right for your child. It is in our best interest to help your child be a great dental patient. We take our responsibility to care for you child as seriously as you do. Thank you for allowing us the privilege and confidence to help your child achieve excellent oral health and build positive dental memories.
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Our office can also present you with various cosmetic treatments. We can whiten your teeth or attach crowns or veneers over them. These last two options are also used to improve the look of small or misaligned teeth.
Children can receive fluoride treatments, and athletes can purchase mouth guards at our office. You can see how we strive to be the one dental office for all your needs. Call us at Uppleger Dental or come directly to our location in Southfield, MI, for a free consultation with our dentists.