Searching for excellent pediatric dentistry can sometimes be difficult. As parents, we all want the best dental care for our children – in an environment that makes them feel comfortable, welcome and at ease. That’s why it’s important to search for the best pediatric dentistry services, provided by skilled, experienced dentists who know how to make the experience pain-free and enjoyable too.
Unfortunately, not all dentists provide this same level of care. While no dentist would ever want a child to feel uncomfortable during their visit, some are simply more skilled than others at providing gentle care and making children feel relaxed.
If you’re looking for superior pediatric dentistry, there are a few key things to look for. Here are some characteristics that separate ordinary dentists from those who provide unparalleled care for children.
A dentist can claim to use all the latest, greatest technology and techniques, but if they have little experience with children, then none of it will matter. If your child is kicking and screaming, an inexperienced doctor might not know what to do, and he could make the situation even worse. In pediatric dentistry, experience is everything. A good pediatric dentist should have several years of experience, not just in dental care, but specifically providing that care to children. A more experienced provider understands how to treat a wide variety of situations and will know how to make your child feel comfortable.
-A fun, inviting environment
A cold, stark dentist’s office with lots of harsh fluorescent lights can be scary even for some adults, so just imagine how it looks to children. If you want your child to feel truly comfortable during their visit, then the surroundings shouldn’t look like an ordinary doctor’s office. Kids feel more at home when there are warm, bright colors, fun illustrations and lots of other cool elements that distract them from their fears. Look for pediatric dentistry providers that incorporate more of these aspects into the environment, so that your child will actually get excited about their visit!
-Gentle, pain-free care
Many of the old-fashioned, painful dental techniques used years ago do not need to be used anymore. Advances in technology have allowed patients to receive virtually pain-free care often without any shots or noisy old drills. For more complicated procedures, the most fearful patients can snooze right through the visit, thanks to light sedation techniques. Before choosing your child’s dentist, make sure that they offer this pain-free care.
-No stressful waiting
The longer your child has to sit in a waiting room, the more restless and anxious they will become. The small bin of toys and magazines found at most offices won’t be enough to calm a fearful child. This is why it is important to look for dental care providers who are committed to eliminating wait times by staying on schedule and having the resources on staff to start your child’s care immediately – not 20-40 minutes after the scheduled appointment time!
At FUNtastic Dental & Orthodontics, we strive to make pediatric dentistry an enjoyable experience that your child will actually look forward to. Our office in Long Beach, CA is a complete “dental theme park” (designed by real amusement park designers) with movies, games and much more. We specialize in gentle, virtually pain-free care, led by Dr. Robert J. Stella D.D.S., who has been improving kids’ smiles for over 30 years.
For more information about FUNtastic and pediatric dentistry, or to make an appointment, just give us a call at 1-562-627-8800.