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Lexington, MA 02421-5264
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What Should I Tell My Child About the Dentist?

If my child is shy, how should I help him/her during the appointment?

A lot of kids act shy in the treatment room—and shy kids usually turn into our most engaging patients. You can help—but perhaps not in ways you expect. Here's what you can do. Walk with your child into the treatment room. Be sure to tell your child that you will be waiting for him/her out in the waiting room. This is a key step in helping us build a trusting relationship with your child. By staying in the waiting room, your child will place their trust in us, and he/she will feel comfortable coming back to the office.

Likewise, if you are in the treatment room and we ask your child a question, please allow your child to answer. It's helpful when parents understand that the answer isn't what's important—in fact, we probably already know the answer. The question is simply a building block in our new relationship. This will help create an open dialogue, and the child will feel comfortable talking to our dentists and staff.

What should I say to my child to prepare him/her for the Novocain shot?

No need to worry! Use our kid-friendly vocabulary. Instead of saying "Novocain shot", simply tell your child that we will use "sleepy drops" to numb his/her mouth. Be sure to also tell him/her that Dr. Coppe or a staff member will explain the procedure before it's performed.

When in the dental chair, will my child be scared of the dental equipment?

It's true that your child will see some amazing new things. But the dental assistants, hygienists and Dr. Coppe will talk about everything we use. Here are some of the things your child will learn about:

  • the tooth mirror
  • the tooth counter
  • white stars (known to adults as fillings)
  • the raincoat (also known as a rubber dam) for white stars and sealants
  • sleepy jelly (also known as topical anesthesia)
  • drops (also known as the Novocain)
  • the camera (also known as radiographs)
  • vitamins for the teeth (also known as fluoride treatments)