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that said I do that my kids to a pediatric dentist. Their staff (and past ped. dentists) tend to be more child/family oriented. They also have resources/affiliations with other doctors if they require procedures done (for instance a pediatric anestheologist if the boys need it for treatment) I have seen the difference between a "regular" dentist and pediatric dentist, nothing glaringly different but very subtle. For instance our current dentist is WONDERFUL, has a very gentle voice and lots of experience with young children. DS didnt even cry when he had an injection in and he is TERRIFIED of needles. That alone was worth the $$ out of pocket above my insurance coverage. In fact DH who is somewhat scared of dentists because of past procedures actually asked him if he could see him well it was his bedside manner or the free toy, either way DH wants to be his patient too!
Then we were given the recommendation of a general dentistry office and we switched and we all go there now and we are much happier. The general dentist just filled my son's couple of cavities with novacaine and my son never flinched at all. It was a piece of cake. We are much happier. The hygienists are great too.
I think it really just depends on the dentist. I'm sure some (probably most??) ped. dentists are great with kids but the one we tried was not. The general dentist has been great for us.
The family dentist is fine with me staying with the kids and he is really good with them.
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Assuming those standards are met (and they really should be anyway), I would go with a pediatric dentist over one who generally only sees adults. In fact, we've been turned away by a regular dentist for my daughter because the dentist felt so strongly that my daughter would have a better experience -- and get better quality treatment -- with a dentist who specialized in working with kids.
Ours has a very colorful, welcoming, and engaging office, from the waiting room to the treatment room. The treatment rooms have butterflies and other shiny things on the ceiling for kids to focus on while they're in the chair. The chairs are kid-sized, but big enough for me to sit in if my children feel more comfortable on my lap. The sunglasses and other equipment is all child-sized, as well. There's a box of toys for siblings under every chair in the treatment room because they just assume that a parent won't always be able to find a sitter for siblings. They don't even ask that we do. Siblings are welcome. And the office is well stocked with prizes and positive reinforcement for after appointments, regardless of how the appointment goes.
In contrast, every adult dentist office I've been to has been pleasant, neutral, aseptic, tastefully decorated . . . nice, but really not kid-oriented at all. It's just not their focus, and a lot of things that an experienced kid dentist would do as a matter of course, an adult-focused dentist might not even think of.
I am embarrassed to say my 3.5 year old has never been to the dentist. I would like to take him somewhere where he will feel comfortable and not scared. Is a ped. dentist a better idea than a regular one? thanks
I then tried another ped. dentist who was like the first, same reaction. One family dentist, same. And then a small town family dentist and instant calm.
Fortunately we, my mom and I, were taking care of his teeth with Xylitol and homeopathic cell salts, so by the time we discovered his present dentist, all his ECC was healed except for one tooth extracted and one cavity filled. He's been cavity-free since.
But my dd is going to this dentist, not a ped. dentist.
She is very friendly in an adult way toward the kids. People who talk silly make DD very nervous and she just can't handle the over topness of those people. She lies people who are genuinely friendly and this woman is. I recommend her all over the place.
Oh and her dog sometimes wanders around to the delight of my children.