Behavior management refers to the way we manage to bring happiness and comfort to even the most anxious dental patients. Our goal is for your child to feel comfortable, happy and safe in the dental environment. Children manage their fears differently based on their age, and many other factors. They also understand dental environments up to a certain point. For example, most of the infants and toddlers up to 3 years old that have never been to the dentist will cry if placed alone on the dental chair due to separation anxiety from their mother/father and because of the new environment. We use different methods to accommodate them depending of their level of understanding and cooperation. For example, desensitization works very well for toddlers, and knee-to-knee is an ideal fit for a baby. During desensitization a child will be introduced to the dental team and dental instruments and materials gradually during a couple of visits until the child becomes used to it all and allows treatment. For more information about behavioral techniques and definitions please refer to the forms section.
If none of these methods work, our doctors will recommend the treatment to be performed under general anesthesia.
Dr Cabel is affiliated with Joe DiMaggio Children Hospital in Hollywood, Fl giving her the privileges to perform dental surgeries in the hospital.
Usually the dental treatments under general anesthesia take between 2-3 hours as an outpatient (meaning that your child will go home the same day). The advantage is that your child will have all the teeth restored in one day without the need of multiple visits in the office.