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pediatric dentist so they can take care of this for you guys. Four-year-olds have a very limited
tolerance for sitting through these types of procedures because they don't understand what is
going on. The pediatric dentist has special techniques and sometimes sedation to help get kids
through the necessary treatment so that they can have a good experience and so that it is done
in as few appointments as possible." ■
8/30/2017

psdmd
Member Since: 06/20/03
Post: 11 of 28

"This treatment is something I don't do very often, but a pediatric specialist deals with this
type of treatment all day every day. They'll be able to complete it quickly and competently, which
is best for your child ..." That's what I say about endo and wisdom tooth extractions too. ■

8/30/2017

Kaxain7
Member Since: 11/04/15
Post: 12 of 28

Great feedback. I think leaving it a little ambiguous is good in case the pediatric dentist feels
the need to change the treatment plan. Focusing on the patient's best interest and "shaping their
attitude towards dentistry" and setting them up for success is the best way to leave it, short and
sweet. Just like pedo.
I think that instance I just talked myself in circles and maybe went too much into detail in
terms of treatment. Going into too much detail may just worry the parent even more and have
them translate that worry into the child, right? ■

8/30/2017

rovert
Member Since: 08/02/03
Post: 13 of 28

psdmd's is pretty good. I say, "This is a bit more complicated than I'm comfortable doing.
I'm going to refer you to a pediatric dentist. This type of procedure is all pediatric dentists do
all day and they will take great care of (kid's name), and he/she will have a positive experience.
We've sent many kids to (name of pedo) and we've heard nothing but great things. They'll
probably repeat the exam just to make sure they are doing the best treatment." ■
8/30/2017

Timmy G
Member Since: 04/14/02
Post: 14 of 28

BlueSky
Member Since: 09/20/08
Post: 15 of 28

I talk in very, very generic non-specific terms. I don't discuss methods, means or anything
like that. I want to leave as blank a slate for the pedo to fill in with his/her own info as possible. ■

8/30/2017

You: "If this was my child I would have this treatment completed with a pediatric dental
specialist. Their expertise is treatment planning and management of young children."
Them: "But I really like you. Little Sarah is comfortable here so can't you just try?"
You: "If she were my little girl I'd send her to Dr. Smith. She is a fine pediatric dentist. Little
Sarah has years and years to come into our office. But, for the time being, and considering her
treatment needs, let's have her go see Dr. Smith."
Them: "So if she was your little girl, you'd have her go see Dr. Smith?"
You: "Yes."
Trust me, the last thing you want is this kid crying in your office. And at four years old, she
going to lose it.
With time, you'll learn good pediatric dental treatment techniques. Start with single quad
treatment on calm 6, 7 and 8-year-olds. Get comfortable with N20. Put a TV with Netflix on
the ceiling. Run the treatment plan through Dentaltown. Everyone here wants you to be very
successful with kids. ■
8/30/2017

saldoc
Member Since: 02/08/03
Post: 20 of 28

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The pedo referral is usually as you describe ... a young new patient needing lots of work.
I'm not sure if pedo likes this, but I usually refer for that initial round of treatment with the

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