It starts in the waiting room !!
I have had the pleasure of being in many different waiting rooms, some of them so beautiful, I couldn't believe it was a waiting room. My quick observations were that there was a variety of books / magazines to keep the adults entertained, sometimes a special 'kid' section with toys, but I noticed a huge lack of books and interactive learning tools for children which catered for their visit.
Imagine going for your first dental check up and seeing all these scary people wearing masks, glasses and gloves. Engaging the children with books specific to their appointments can help ease the anxiety and questions they may have prior to their appointment. We carry a number of terrific books / puzzles and educational boards specific to dental visits that are both educational and fun for the children to read and learn about the dental surrounding. When I managed surgeries, I made a point to have only dental books for the children as I felt that they probably had books at home that gave them great stories, but I wanted them to learn as well. I used to love seeing mums and dads sitting down in the waiting room reading 'Dora goes to the Dentist'. It was not uncommon for other children who were waiting to sit down and listen as well. A story book telling session had just started.
Unfortunately dental appointments are a necessary evil but by making your waiting room interactive with specific books and puzzles can help their next dental appointment appear to be more fun and less threatening. They also learn the importance of regular dental visits, and looking after your teeth.
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