KIDS FIRST VISIT: PARENTS INSTRUCTIONS
PREVENTION IS THE BEST CURE
…This is why we recommend that the first visit takes place when they have their first tooth or when they are 1-year-old. Cyprus General Health System (GESY) covers 1 visit per year.
PREPARE YOUR CHILD FOR THE FIRST VISIT - BE POSITIVE!
Always chat about the dentist in positive terms.
Avoid phrases like: “Don’t be afraid” “It will not hurt”
Avoid negative words: “drill”, “pain”, “shot”, “needle” or “hurt.”
Don’t over-prepare for your visit, we suggest you say something simple like “We will visit the dentist so they count your teeth… You will watch Netflix cartoons on a big TV on the ceiling (WOW!) & the dentist will give you a gifts too! How cool is that!"
RIGHT APPOINTMENT TIME
It’s important to schedule your child’s first dentist appointment at a time when they’re typically in a good mood and are not hungry or tired.
BE CALM QUIET & IMPARTIAL
To be able for the Doctor to build trust with the child:
It is important that parents are calm, quiet and neutral throughout the visit
Avoid answering any questions we address to your child (even if the child refuses to answer). We will not hesitate to ask you for help when we need it.
Even if the child gets anxious, try and keep your cool stay quiet. Avoid giving advice and do not use phrases like “Don’t be afraid” “It will not hurt” “Don’t cry” “Sit still and open your mouth, will finish soon”.
Unless an urgent treatment is needed we prefer to keep the first visits short. This way the child enjoys the visit, builds a relationship with the dentist and can cooperate better on longer treatments
Parents/Guardians are usually advised to be present during the exam process - unless they themselves feel that they would prefer to wait at our reception area. We will inform you of the findings at the end.
PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Please inform us in advance by phone:
For any conditions or medication, the patient takes.
Anything that might trigger a reaction e.g. sensitivities to lights / sounds
Any favourite characters
Any favourite songs we can play
All these will make the visit more enjoyable.
TRUST YOU ARE IN GOOD HANDS
At Aesthesis Dental, we believe that your visits to the dentist should be pleasant for you and your child. It’s important that you know that we will never do anything to cause harm or pain.
We always use the latest techniques, methods and behavioural tools e.g. Tell-show-do, Voice Control, Distraction Positive Reinforcement etc this way our Doctors are able to adjust to the child’s needs, age and temperament efficiently and effectively. So seat back, relax and enjoy!