Pediatric Dental Offices
pediatric dental offices
   Pediatric Dental Office | Childrens Dentistry

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Pediatric dental offices are different than the adult dental office. The pediatric dentist is not the same as the adult dentist specialist. There are many differences between the two practices.

This includes the set up of the office, the décor of the lobby, the use of rewards and distractions in the office and the different concerns that the dentist must deal with. The terms used to describe the dentists are even different, as is the educational needs of the dentists.

Pediatric dental office lobby space is set up differently than the general dental office. The traditional dental office space is usually filled with high quality pieces that reflect the high quality services that are provided at that office. This includes the rich use of granite, real wood and fish tanks.

This often uncomfortable for children though. This is because there is nothing fun or interesting in which they can enjoy as a distraction as they wait for their chance to be seen by the dentist. They are expected to sit quietly and wait, and this often makes children more anxious than they need to be. This anxiety can then manifest itself in the form of whining or becoming worried to see the dentist.

The pediatric dental office attempts to resolve this anxiety by providing the child patient with plenty of distractions. This includes a more lively and interesting color pallet for the dental office lobby. There are often toys and a television in the office to occupy and distract the children. Parents are able to recline in larger chairs and couches that enable the child to sit with his or her parents and feel more comfortable. The traditional aquarium is often still in the lobby, but the contents often include entertaining decorations and brightly colored fish. The quality of service is defined by the quality of these items, rather than the richness of the material.

It should be noted that not every dentist can be a pediatric dentist. All of the staff at the pediatric dental office has been trained to handle children and the specific needs that children impose on the dental community. These needs include the physical differences between children and adults, as well as the psychological challenges. Children cannot be reasoned with, and often need more encouragement than adults do. The children also have smaller mouths and temporary as well as permanent teeth. These challenges mean that the dentist and the assistants have to undergo additional training in order to safely handle and treat children.
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