Before your Appointment
You do not need to be at Kangaroo Smiles for long to know that we use kid-friendly language and use examples that all kids can understand. We often replace words which can potentially scare children with friendlier ones. For Example:
Shot / Needle– These words can quickly turn a happy cooperative child into a child that is fearful. We either say nothing at all or that we are using “sleepy drops” to help the sugar bugs fall asleep. We explain that they may feel “cold” and “hard” next to the tooth.
Drill– We use the term “water whistle”, because of the loud whistling noise and water that “helps the sugar bugs come out”
Pulling, or Extracting a tooth– We often replace this by explaining that we have to “help wiggle your tooth out because the tooth fairy wants it back”
Laughing Gas – We call this “ice cream air” because of its sweet smell. We work with kid’s imaginations by allowing them to pick whatever flavor they want. We also explain that the air will make them feel “floaty or tickly”.