When you ask children about their greatest fears, you may be surprised and dismayed to realize that many of them are quite afraid of the dental office. No dentist, especially family dentists, means to frighten children. However, there are some factors inherent to a visit to the dentist that children find scary or intimidating. Kids don’t like the act of laying down in the dentist’s chair, and find it difficult to relax.
Many don’t understand what happens during a visit to the dentist, even less so than they understand what happens when they visit their family doctor. For that matter, kids can’t see what happens when they’re being examined by the dentist, or undergoing a cleaning; they simply have to open their mouths and wait. That lack of visibility is often linked to the fear of the dentist.
However, a lot of kids just have an inexplicable fear of the dentist that’s quite difficult for parents and dental professionals alike to handle. This is why a lot of family dentists are taking it upon themselves to make dental visits less frightening from the start.
Children need to start visiting the dentist as babies, as soon as their baby teeth begin to emerge. Unfortunately, a lot of initial visits to the dentists are less than pleasant, despite every adult’s best efforts. Nervous babies often need to be restrained during their early visits, which causes them further anxiety.
Though kids may not remember these negative early experiences, they’re nonetheless psychologically imprinted in a way that is difficult for them to forget. For that reason, dentists need to take steps from the beginning to ease the stress that comes with dental visits. Not only will this ultimately in happier children, but happier adults ass well. Parents will be much more relaxed, for one thing, knowing that they don’t have to fight to get their kids to visit the dentist.
Furthermore, when those children grow up they won’t allow stress and fear of the dentist to make them delay or even skip appointments altogether. Therefore, making a dental office more comfortable, inviting, and pleasant is not only more convenient and psychologically better for your patients; it can also have a long-term positive effect on their dental health.
That being said, how is this accomplished? Even something as simple as the use of pleasant digital art in the office can make a difference. Fortunately, we know enough in this day and age about the psychology of children to have an idea of what appeals to and comforts them. Let’s look into how you can best furnish your dental office to make children feel safer and happier.
Art: Beyond The Basics
Art is an important part of any pediatric dentist‘s office, for several reasons. For one thing, an office makes a better impression on adults if it’s well-furnished and decorated. While some dental offices take a more sparse approach to decor, this isn’t always the best route.
Parents and children alike are often naturally anxious when they visit the dentist, even when the visit is routine. Many people have health-related anxiety without even realizing it, subconsciously thinking about the potential health problems that could be discovered during even a regular visit.
If you’re visiting the dentist because of a specific issue, you’ll be even more nervous. When patients and parents have nothing to focus on, they are left to dwell on their negative thoughts. While adults can focus on their phones, perhaps, young children in particular usually don’t. This is why kids need to have some kind of digital art to create a warmer atmosphere within the office.
But what kind of art is right for a childrens dental health center? It’s been proven that specific types of art can help people de-stress and enjoy themselves more. A Forbes survey revealed that 78% of respondents in a survey of 800 employees working for 32 different American companies claimed that art in the workplace helped cut down on their stress levels.
Of course, it’s not enough to simply put a piece of art on the wall and call it a day. You may or may want to decorate your office with art that relates to dentistry; however, this may not be the best route, as kids might want to be distracted by the art. It’s not impossible to choose to invite themed art, however. For example, paintings of bright smiles, or colorful cartoon teeth may work quite well.
On the other hand, lots of doctor’s and dentist’s offices focused on families choose art pieces that are similarly family-themed, with scenes of cute animals or kids playing. With that being said, abstract art can appeal quite well to children. The younger kids are, the more they’re drawn to basic pieces of art with a few main factors. Bright colors appeal to kids most, especially those that are on the warmer side, like reds, yellows, and oranges.
This can also influence the types of colors you choose for the walls in your office. Although you’ll want to choose a color that works well with your pieces of art, neutral colors like white or beige might not appeal as much to children. Ultimately, the point of the art chosen for a family dental office is less about perfection and more about that broad, childlike appeal.
Going Digital: Why Choose This Type of Art?
What about digital art appeals so much to kids, and why is this type of art the best option for a family dental clinic? For one thing, digital art is often less expensive than traditional prints or custom pieces of art. It’s often easier for them to be mass-produced, which makes them more available on a large scale basis.
For that matter, if you want multiple pieces that are the same subject replicated in different colors, it’s often simpler to make that order for digital art. There is nothing to be gained by buying specific custom pieces for a dental office. After all, those going on a regular dentist visit aren’t looking to be art critics.
For that matter, you’d be surprised by how many artists have transitioned from traditional art to digital art. It may be easier to find a digital artist with reasonable rates than it would be to find a traditional artist. However, to a certain extent choosing between different pieces of art, digital art or not, can be a little overwhelming if you don’t have a concentrated interest in art. Nonetheless, even if you are interested in art your taste may not necessarily appeal to children. Therefore, it’s important to consider working with professionals when decorating your dental office.
Interior Decorators: Are They Worth It?
There are a lot of reasons why those seeking to decorate their dental offices should consider working with professional decorators. For one thing, there is the convenience of working with the pros rather than spending your time worrying about how to decorate making the choices yourself, and ordering them.
No matter what your particular role, if you work at a dental office chances are that you’re rather busy. It is therefore much more convenient to delegate these responsibilities to someone else, especially someone that does it for a living. Lots of decorators or designers also specialize in working with commercial spaces that are meant to appeal to children.
You may not be sure about what piece of art or furniture is right for a child-friendly space, but your decorator will be. Not only can you simply pass the job off to someone else this way, but you can make sure that it’s a job done correctly. Whether you’re a cosmetic dentist or an orthodontist, a professional interior designer can do a lot to make the job easier for you.
When working with a professional interior designer or decorator on a cosmetic dental care commercial renovation, there are a few things to keep in mind. For one thing, you should interview several designers, not only to consider their bids from a financial perspective, but to make sure that their visions align with your own. You may very well have merely a vague idea of what you’re going to do with your dental office.
But the last thing you would want is to work with an interior designer and end up paying for a product that you don’t love. For this same reason, it’s important to make sure that the person you’re working with is a professional, and not an amateur friend you love who wants to decorate for a living. It’s never a good idea to mix business with friendship, and it can be difficult, to be honest about what you like and dislike with a friend.
There are also a lot of technicalities that go beyond creative drive, and it can be difficult for amateur interior designers to understand them. Professional interior designers usually study before entering the profession. Furthermore, experienced designers usually have professional connections that help them make costs reasonable.
Of course, when choosing a professional decorator, or any other type of contractor, you’ll be confronted with several different options. Rather than relying upon major online review sites exclusively, you should try to seek out the opinions within your local community, especially people that you know personally. You may even want to look into social media sites like Facebook to get a more concrete idea of how much you can trust the interior designer you select. That way, you’ll be able to know that the person you’re working with has a positive local reputation, without worrying about skewed reviews.
The Final Product: What Do You Need and What Do You Want?
When having your cosmetic dental care office designed, you need to consider not just the appearance and how to make it as kid-friendly as possible, but also practicalities. Comfortable furniture will be necessary, as well as a few areas behind the scenes where employees can relax, and for that matter organize their at-work belongings.
Of course, the waiting room of the office must be spacious, so that kids can not only have a place to wait but also ideal places to play and occupy themselves. An area with toys or magazines is always a perk, though it must be kept as sanitary as possible.
When this amount of space is taken up by a waiting room, you may be wondering about what to do with items that need to be stored for the long term. Fortunately, you can take advantage of storage services to ensure that these belongings are properly stored, even if they aren’t necessarily kept within the dental office. You should also consult with your interior designer as to how to best maximize your space.
Several different decisions go into designing a dental office, especially one that is meant for children. However, just a few simple choices can make it easier for kids to relax in your office.
Remember that the better they feel in the waiting room from the start, the better they will feel about the appointment. But additions like music, as well as even a television set in the exam room, can give children something else to focus on even as the appointment progresses.
Consider rewarding children who’ve finished their appointments with a fun treat, especially if it’s something dentistry-related like a bright toothbrush or floss. So much of these early appointments are about establishing good habits ahead of time and making sure that even if the first appointment is a little stressful, subsequent appointments won’t be. The more thought you put into your office, the better a time your patients will have!