Julie M. Russo D.M.D.

Diplomate of the American
Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Do I Stay With My Child During Dental Treatment?

Happy child

Dr. Russo has an excellent staff that is trained to help children overcome anxiety. For this reason, we ask that your child accompanies us through the dental experience alone. You will be amazed at how well your child will do! Please try not to be concerned if your child exhibits some negative behavior. Our job is to help them get through their dental procedures as quickly and pleasantly as possible. Careful and loving coaching will help your child have a postive dental experience. Studies and experience have shown that most children over the age of 3 react more positively when permitted to experience the dental visit on their own. We have a child friendly office and most children look forward to coming to see us.

But What If My Child Asks For Me?

Every child asks for their parent, so we anticipate the question. This is best handled with the use of distraction techniques. Treatment is delayed and will take longer if we need to stop every time a child asks for a parent. It is much easier for the child if treatment is completed in a timely manner. When a child asks for their parent, we tell them that mommy or daddy is waiting in the waiting room and will be so proud of them once they are finished. If Dr. Russo feels parental involvement will help a child, she will ask the parent to come into the operatory.