- Jul. 07, 2023 8:00 AM
It is imperative that you should be involved in your child's treatment. That is the main reason why we always ask for your consent prior to any procedure that we do. However, this involvement is not absolute. There will be times that you will be asked to stay in the waiting area. All questions and concerns shall be entertained prior and after the procedure but not during the procedure itself.
The fact is, whether or not a parent or guardian is allowed in the dental operatory often depends on the individual's situation and the dental office's policies. However, most dental offices follow standards when it comes to allowing parents in the room with their child.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that parents/guardian of OLDER CHILDREN (6 years old and above) remain in the waiting room when children are brought into the dental operatory. Infants and some young children may benefit from having one of their parents in the operatory with them, but it's usually in a child's best interest to be treated without parental interference.
Keep in mind that dentists need space to do their job. If your child requires a dental procedure, you will most likely be asked to remain in the waiting room. During medical surgery, it's understood that family members are not allowed in the operatory so as to not contaminate the area or disturb the proceedings. Likewise, dentists need their operatory clear of distractions so that they can concentrate on performing dental treatment. As much as we respect and value your needs, we are expecting that you respect our professional space.
The following are reasons why it has been clinically proven negative reasons for parental attendance during dental treatment:
• The child divides his/her attention between the parent and doctor.
• The doctor has to divide his attention between the parent and the child.
• Parents will tend to repeat or even offer commands to the child which takes away the authority of the doctor.
• Parents misinterpret what is going on during procedures and question treatment.
• Often, although with the best of intention, the presence of the parent will heighten the alarm of the child which allows the child to portray him or herself as the victim, hopefully recruiting the parent into the role of rescuer.
• Parents usually request being involved due to their own anxiety over the dental appointment. Children pick up on this and will also increase the fear response of the child.
Questioning our authority and not giving us your full trust in your child's treatment will be detrimental for you and your child. You will always be anxious and will result in more conflict in the future. If you refuse to trust us and follow our protocol, it is in our best interest to suggest to choose a dental facility that you fully trust.
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