My six-year-old son was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder this past fall. We made four attempts to have his teeth cleaned at the dentist, but because of his diagnosis all four of those attempts failed. We tried everything from stories, role playing, phone apps where he plays the dentist – everything – but nothing worked. Nothing.
However, when we went to Compass Health Network, it was a huge success! My son has a cabbage patch doll that typically comforts him, so I allowed him to bring it with him to his appointment. It appeared in the beginning it wouldn’t work. But, when the dentist and the dental assistant walked into the room, everything changed. They did an excellent job of soothing my son, and even gave Aiden (the doll) a dental examination, including notes for Aiden to take home. My son was very impressed with the dentist and the assistant.
The best part? No tears, no screaming or yelling. He even said at the end: “Mom, when are we going to get to see the dentist again?” WOW! Thank You. Thank You. Thank You!
– A grateful mom