On behalf of Perry L. Jeffries, DDS and Associates, PA and staff we would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and thank you for choosing our office for your specialized oral care. Pediatric Dentistry is the dental specialty that is dedicated to the treatment of children from infancy through the teenage years. Dr. Jeffries has an extra two years of specialized training and is dedicated to the oral health of children.
Toddlers, pre-schoolers, pre-adolescent, and young adults all need different approaches in dealing with their behavior, guiding their dental growth and development, and helping them avoid future dental problems. In our practice we offer a full range of pediatric dental care:
- Nance Appliance
- Kiddie Partial
- Tooth colored fillings
- Interceptive ortho
We will be happy to answer any questions for you. Through open communication and mutual cooperation, we will accomplish the goal of providing the best dental care.
Our staff of trained professionals takes great pride in their ability to provide you with assistance in all aspects of your child's dental care.
Dental anxiety is very common. Oral health care professionals encounter it frequently. When it comes to treating children, many factors, fear included, help determine the child’s actions and attitudes towards the oral health care professional. Dental anxiety is a feeling of fear or extreme discomfort towards oral health care treatment or personnel. This can be caused by a number of things. If a patient has previously had a bad experience with dentistry, they might associate the dentist with that isolated traumatizing experience. Even if a patient has simply heard "horror stories" from others, without a negative personal experience, they could experience dental anxiety. With children, you may notice anxiety due to a previous traumatizing experience or due to their parents' own dental anxiety. If a parent expresses fear of the dentist, the child is very likely to be subject to that same fear. Fear and anxiety can drastically affect the child's level of compliance. (Pinkham J. Pediatric dentistry, infancy through adolescence. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders; 1999:372.)
We believe that the best way to reduce stress is to have the parent present in the operatory. YOU are the leading authority on your child’s behavior and we respect your right to be present with your child. Parents that exhibit positive verbal and non verbal communication can go a long way towards reducing dental anxiety for a child. Examples of non verbal communication are warm smiles, reassuring touch, slow movements and ignoring undesirable behavior. Verbal support can be exhibited by low voice tones and showing confidence in the dental professional (McDonald R, Avery D. Dentistry for the child and adolescent. 7th ed. St. Louis: C.V. Mosby; 2000:44-47). Another benefit of the parent being present in the operatory is to allow us to gain quick access to informed consent. In addition any social/medical history questions that may arise can be immediately addressed with the parent nearby. This permits us to treat your child with fewer interruptions otherwise we would have to leave your child to consult with you.
We feel strongly that by establishing a treatment alliance with parents we can help almost all children become happy and compliant oral health patients!