Pediatric dentists specialize in treating very young children to teens. In accordance with the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics, we begin seeing patients at the age of 12 months. Our staff of caring and dedicated professionals provide comprehensive care to young patients, and because of additional pediatric dental training and a strong focus on pediatrics, they are able to keep current on the latest diagnostic and treatment procedures best suited for young people.
About Pediatric Dentists
We are experienced at communication, behavior modification, and other techniques used to establish trust to help your child accept dental treatment. Our dental team will monitor and evaluate your child's dental condition regularly to provide the highest level of prevention and treatment.
We feel strongly about the importance and advantages of introducing kids to the dentist at a very young age. Youngsters that begin their dental visits around age one will learn to accept dental care more readily and with less apprehension. By starting children very young, many dental problems can also be prevented by early intervention.
There are many areas of prevention and care that are unique to children which a pediatric dentist is specifically trained to identify, treat, and prevent. That is why many parents wisely choose Rand Center for Dentistry as the pediatric dentist for their child's dental needs, just as they choose a pediatrician for their medical needs.
We have discovered many things about our younger patients. Children are such special gifts, and rather than look at them as children, we view them as "Little People". And just like "Big People", they respond readily to compliment, encouragement, recognition, and responsibility! Perhaps even more so, since they as yet are not jaded to some of the things that go on in this world. They bring such an innocence and such a desire to please into our environment.
Our first goal in treating your child is to make your child a friend, and the best way we have found of doing this is to make your child feel good about themselves. So as we work with children, we emphasize to the child that they, with their cooperation and grown-up behavior (yes, even 3 year olds), are the reason it was so easy to fix their tooth. By giving the child the credit for the success it gives them recognition as a person.
We have found this approach makes children proud of themselves and elevates their self image. Often our "little people" volunteer to show the next child how it's done. We explain that since they are one of our "best helpers" we will let "Johnny" (perhaps a new and apprehensive patient) watch them to see how the big boys and girls get their teeth fixed. And they love the responsibility being entrusted to them! Often, we will coach the child to explain, "My dentist put my teeth to sleep with sleepy water and it didn't even hurt"! Sleepy water is of course Novacaine to you and me. Utilizing children to teach children is so effective, and so much more meaningful to a patient like "Johnny". It truly works wonders.
In choosing a dentist for your child, we realize your primary concern as parents is that your child will undergo treatment without fear and pain. That is our primary goal too. We often find that parents are more apprehensive than their children, and many times we bring an "Apprehensive Parent" into the treatment area so they can witness their child undergoing treatment without the fear they themselves may have experienced as a child.
Your child is precious to us, and we will do everything possible to ensure that your child's dental visits are a pleasant and rewarding experience.
Please note that we require our pediatric patients be accompanied by a responsible adult.