No Place Like
Compared to an adult, it is very different for a child to visit a
dental office. An adult has a realistic perception of what to expect,
but a child leaving their safe and friendly home, expects a visit to
the dental office to be a journey to just another friendly
neighborhood playground. We give every child a friendly tour of the
entire office. This provides a level of comfort and freedom as if they
are in their own home. The parent, the child, and Dr. Andriani have a
chance to get to know each other and become friends.
No Big White
We don't want to go
to a dentist's office, we want to go home. Keeping our children in
mind, we have designed a child-friendly office, equipped with
child-sized bumble bee and panda chairs, black and white mushroom
stools, and carpet that's reminiscent of a giant zebra whose strips
went haywire. The biggest difference is that there are no white walls.
Large White Walls can be scary for kids, so we gave every treatment
room a different color - green, blue pink, and gray.
All Good Boys and Girls
Though most children react positively to our office, there are
children who have either been previously traumatized
in the past, or who are simply too scared to relax. Providing a
friendly and positive experience is important in keeping the child
calm and feel at ease. We have developed many child friendly
methods working with children using positive reinforcement
and distraction techniques.
Conservative Treatment is Our Goal
We take a very
conservative approach when it comes to medication and sedation. When
necessary, we use Oral Conscious Sedation (Happy Cocktail and Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas). In severe cases, IV sedation can be
preformed by a professional anesthesiologist.
A Clean Home (Sterilization)
A friendly environment means a
clean and safe environment. Our office uses the
state-of-the-art sterilization and antiseptic techniques. All members
of our staff are thoroughly trained in these procedures. Our
sterilization procedures and disinfectants meet or exceed the
guidelines set by OSHA and American Dental Association.
While we work to give the best of
care to our patients, we don't expect miracles. We believe in
prevention, as well as treatment. But we won't tell kids they can not
eat candy or chocolate. Taking something away that they like for the
sake of oral hygiene can turn them off to it completely. Positive
reinforcement, emphasizing on post treatment care, oral hygiene
(brushing & flossing),
proper brushing and flossing, and good eating habits is essential to a
healthy, long lasting, and bright smile.