Sure! We not only allow parents back for exams, we encourage parents to be a part of their child’s dental experience. While parents have the option of staying in the waiting room, we would like parents to be present so they may observe and learn firsthand of any dental or behavioral concerns we may have. We also allow parents back for most treatment as well. I would like the parents to help show their children that they are in a safe and trusting environment. I also enjoy showing parents what we’re actually doing and how we do it. However, to ensure a safe and positive experience we do have some rules and exceptions:
a) We don’t want parents using any scary words like: shot, needle, hurt, drill, pull, yank etc. We have our own set of words we employ that work very well — as silly as some of them may seem.
b) We don’t mind parents talking to their children to help encourage them, but please refrain from asking the child questions during treatment. This could distract the child, and if the child attempts to answer it could hinder treatment.
c) No other children are allowed in the treatment room. Other children could create a distraction for the staff, scare the child being treated, or become scared themselves.
d) If the parent themselves are anxious or nervous about treatment, then it is probably best the parent wait outside. Kids feed off of their parents’ emotions. If they sense their parents are worried or anxious then they will be too. The best thing you can do for your child is to display a positive happy attitude — even if it’s a fake one.