Dental Imaging; How You Can Keep Kids Occupied During Dental Appointments
Kids are unpredictable. They don’t always understand when/where/why they need to be well-behaved and quiet. So when you have a parent-patient arrive to your dentist office for his/her regular cleaning, what can you do with the little kids they bring with them? You don’t want to leave them unsupervised, but neither can you depend on your hygienist or secretary to babysit (unless you significantly increase the job description … and the pay).
Well, here are some ways you can keep children supervised, safe, and happily secluded while they wait for their parents during the dental imaging process and cleaning:
A Place by the Dentist Chair
You can eliminate the lack of supervision by adding a place for the child beside the dentist chair. That way, while the parent gets his/her dental work completed, the child can sit and watch, never leaving the parent’s side. An extra benefit: you’ll get to know your patients on a personal level, knowing to prepare the cleaning room with an extra chair before certain patients arrive. Helpful Tip: choose your largest cleaning room for the additional chair so dental hygienists don’t feel cramped when they perform their procedures.
Despite the continual shift to technology, many children still love to read simple books, from cover-board books to I-Can-Read chapter books. Some parents are so busy they seldom have time to read to their kids, but if both have to wait for some time in the reception room anyway, give them some quality reading time!
Kids don’t have to dread a visit to the dentist. Get them to look forward to it! How? Set aside some space in the reception room specifically for them. You can incorporate kid-sized furniture and quiet toys like coloring books, crayons, and stuffed animals. The only precaution: as with any nursery/play area, remember to give the toys a good cleaning on a regular basis. Set up a regular cleaning schedule so the kids can play with sanitary, clean toys anytime they visit.
A quick solution–and the most popular–is installing a tv in the reception room of your office. Many dental offices already have a tv installed for adult patients, but maybe the waiting room needs one for the younger crowd as well. But if one is all you have, just remember to have the secretary change the channel to a kid-friendly station whenever she sees kids waiting.
Hopefully we’ve given you some good ideas for entertaining children while they wait for their parents in the reception room. If you have any further questions, contact RC Imaging at 1-800-528-6311. We’d be thrilled to hear from you! We’re your one-stop radiology resource for dental imaging supplies and cassette repair.