Reduce stress and increase fun at your pediatric dentist visit
A pediatric dentist should have more experience working with children and employing techniques geared toward them.
Find out if you can be in the room with your child at least for the first or introductory visit because some dentists don't allow this. Ask about the dentist's techniques for calming patients and dental methods for making kids feel more at ease. For example, ask about techniques used for getting children to sit still and sedation methods used during various dental procedures. Read reviews on Angie's List about pediatric dentists who members have been satisfied with and have rated highly.
To avoid adding unneeded stress to an already potentially stressful appointment, find out about your insurance coverage. Consult your insurance provider or insurance manual before you proceed with the visit. It would be stressful and disappointing to go to the appointment only to find out that the practice does not accept your insurance. The last thing you need to worry about at your child's dental appointments is whether the visit will be covered by your insurance.
Expect that the dentist will use language at your child's level. For example, he might use fun names for dental instruments, like "Mr. Whirlwind" for the suction. Try to avoid words that would frighten the child, like "hurt" or "shots." You can help at home by making the brushing experience enjoyable by also using fun word replacements.
The dentist might also have toys, videos or mirrors to help make your child's visit as pleasant as possible. If your child has a special toy or book at home, you can bring it to help comfort him or her. Just make sure that you check with the dentist about what's allowed in the office.