For those of you familiar with Alex screaming trepidation when visiting the dentist, I’d like for you to know that there’s been a break-through! After the last experience, we decided to switch dentists in an effort to find someone with a bit more patience and skill when it comes to treating children (especially those with a genuine fear). I would never allow the use of a papoose board or any other form of restraint, which evidently made it a challenge for our first dentist. We could see that Alex wanted to get his teeth looked at, but just couldn’t overcome his fear. Anyway, our new provider, Weaver and Stratton Pediatric Dentistry achieved what others couldn’t–they understood Alex, and used that understanding to reassure him that everything was going to be okay.
To do this, Dr. Weaver honed-in on Lamby. Without even trying to get Alex into the chair, he invited Lamby to sit there and get his teeth brushed. Alex gave Lamby over to the dentist and the dentist and his assistant proceeded to give Lamby an exam and cleaning. Alex enjoyed the attention that Lamby was getting and when invited to join Lamby on the chair, he jumped right up there. He then received his first dental exam and cleaning. No muss, no fuss!
The following day, we received this note from the dentist (note that it is addressed to both Alex AND Lamby):