We know that one of the main reasons people go to the dentist is when a child develops a cavity.
This is also one of the main reasons people, especially children, don’t like going to the dentist.
We hate that any child has to come in because of a cavity, but we do our best to control the emotion of the situation, help the child understand what’s going on, and soothe their little hearts so that they can turn around and get back to doing what they love to do most.
First of all, as with any procedure, we want the child’s parent or guardian in the operatory with them so that they have the assurance that everything will be okay. Second, we tell them what we are going to do with the simplest language possible. Often times the cavity will be drilled out and filled and we’ll have to use an anesthetic to deaden the feeling in that area. The child may feel like their mouth is huge or heavy so we make sure they know that ahead of time. Or they may get laughing gas which is something that usually reduces anxiety. Either way, it is our goal to repair the cavity in as quick and painless a manner as possible.