Child Preparation For A Filling
How To Prepare Your Child For A Filling
Here are tips for insuring that all goes well when your child needs a filling for a decayed tooth.
1. If possible, schedule the appointment for the morning. Young children are rested and usually more cooperative than at the end of a busy day.
2. Inform us ahead of time about any particular need your child might have: apprehension about the visit, medical problems, or personal likes or dislikes. This gives us the opportunity to plan the appointment to be as pleasant as possible.
3. Don't communicate your fears to your child. Some parents might say: "Johnny, don't worry about the filling; it probably won't hurt at all. Be a brave boy for Mommy and I'll give you a treat when you're finished." This type of statement will make the child feel that the dental experience might be a bad one. The bribe of offering a treat after the visit also makes the child wary of the procedure.
A better statement would be: "Johnny, we're going to the dentist's office today for your filling. The dentist will take care of your tooth and make it healthy again." This matter-of-fact statement avoids the use of words such as hurt, bravery, pain, shots, needles, drilling. You can tell a child that you'll give him a treat afterward, but don't make it contingent on good behavior during the appointment.
4. Please follow our recommendations about whether you can accompany your child into the treatment room. If you have extreme fear of dentistry, you definately should remain in the reception area. Signs of your fear (sweating, tense muscles, strained voice) may be perceived by your child and may affect his or her behavior. You may also put yourself through unnecessary anxiety by staying with your child
After Care Instructions
If anesthesia is used, observe your child to ensure that he or she does not bite their lip or tongue until the feeling wears off.
If your child complains about his or her "bite" a few days later, a bite adjustment of the filling may be necessary.
If you ever notice a bump or bubble near the gum tissue around the tooth weeks or months afterward, please call our office.