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Behavior and Pain Management in Pediatric Dentistry

Behavior Management

At Valley Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we aim to make every family who comes through our doors feel welcomed and heard. We know that going to the dentist can be frightening for children, and at times, frustrating for parents. We gladly offer desensitization visits, provide positive reinforcement, and leverage technology for enhanced comfort. To learn more about behavior and pain management services at Valley Smiles Pediatric Dentistry in Ramsey, NJ, call 201-746-4626 or message us.

What is Behavior and Pain Management in Dentistry?

Behavior and pain management is a tailored approach to fit the needs of your child. Our personalized techniques aim to help children receive essential oral healthcare, irrespective of personalities, needs, or abilities. Because no two children are the same, pediatric dentists devote significant time to education and training to provide behavioral support to children who struggle with emotional regulation, pain tolerance, and remaining calm and still during treatment.

At Valley Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, our dentists adhere to the behavior guidance recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD).

Benefits of Behavior and Pain Management in Dentistry

Calms overactive children • Soothes anxious children • Reassures fearful children • Relaxes active or fidgety children • Makes children more comfortable • Mitigates pain • Ensures children receive critical care for healthy growth and development

At Valley Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, no detail has been overlooked when it comes to creating an inviting space that helps calm fears. We offer comfort items ranging from age-appropriate entertainment to pillow pets, blankets, sunglasses, and more.

Our patient chairs feature friendly animals, and our dental staff is happy to demonstrate various “treatments” on stuffed animals to help young patients relax. For anxious or nervous patients, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is available for relaxation, while remaining conscious.

Valley Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is an inclusive dental practice. Our pediatric dentists are all Board-Certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and have completed extensive continuing education and training in treating children with special needs.

Behavior and Pain Management Services and Techniques at Valley Smiles

Positive Reinforcement Behavior Modification

Positive reinforcement behavior takes many forms ranging from affirmation of good behavior to incentives for completing dental cleanings (pick-a-prize). 

Desensitization Visits

We gladly schedule desensitization visits, with no treatment involved. Parents and children can come to our office, get familiar with our staff, watch & participate in a dental cleaning demonstration (on a stuffed animal), and much more. Getting used to going to the dentist can be enormously helpful for anxious or fearful children.

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

For pain management, nitrous oxide is available. Known to most as laughing gas, nitrous oxide has been used in dentistry for decades. It is fast-acting, and wears off immediately. Nitrous oxide produces a euphoric, carefree feeling without putting the child to sleep.

General Anesthesia

Where necessary, general anesthesia may be administered to provide essential oral healthcare to children.

Single Tooth Anesthesia

Single tooth anesthesia allows our dentists to only numb a tooth that is being treated, rather than numbing a section of the mouth.

Frequently Asked Questions About Behavior and Pain Management in Dentistry

Does nitrous oxide have side effects?
Most young patients do not experience side effects, but they are possible and include headache, dizziness, nausea, agitation, loss of balance, and others.
Do you treat children with ADHD?
Absolutely. Our pediatric dentists are very experienced in treating children who may be restless, fidgety, etc.
Do you accept patients with special needs?
Absolutely. Our team is highly trained in providing pediatric dental care to children of all abilities and needs.
Is there a limit on the number of desensitization visits we can have?
No. We want your child to become comfortable enough with us to receive the care they need. Just contact our team to schedule the visit.
Is your office kid-friendly?
Yes! Valley Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is designed to make kids comfortable. You’ll find age-appropriate toys, treatment areas, and entertainment everywhere you look.
Can I be in the treatment room with my child?
Absolutely. We welcome parents and guardians to stay with their children during appointments.
Do you offer entertainment for kids during dental care?
We do! Ceiling-mounted flat screen televisions allow children to watch age-appropriate programming such as cartoons, during their treatment.
Can you make accommodations for my special needs child?
Yes. Please notify us of any special accommodations you need when scheduling your appointment.

Schedule a Pediatric Dental Appointment at Valley Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

To schedule a pediatric dental appointment for your child, call 201-746-4626 or message us.

Contact our office today to schedule your appointment!

Valley Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
470 North Franklin Turnpike Suite 106
Ramsey, NJ 07446
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