Desensitisation - your second appointment

Paediatric dentist: Desense

In paediatric dentistry, the term desensitisation means gradually familiarising the child with
the intended treatment, using the tell-show-do method.
This begins with explaining and playfully trying out the paediatric dental instruments, and learning the special vocabulary that will be important for later visits. The suction tube becomes “Slurpy”, the cofferdam becomes a “blanket for the teeth”, and the gag becomes “the chair for the teeth to rest on”.
If the child is cooperative enough, we also perform a simple cleaning procedure. Afterwards, we will recommend how the subsequent treatment should proceed.

The paediatric dentist decides whether or not desensitisation is necessary, either during the initial consultation or in the course of the regular check-ups.

This appointment is generally recommended for:

Children like this are easily overwhelmed by the many new instruments and impressions they encounter in such a short space of time. However, if they are introduced step by step to what goes on at a paediatric dentist’s, they will often be cooperative during later treatment because they will already be familiar with many of the instruments and the sounds.

In most cases, it only takes a single desensitisation session in the paediatric dental clinic to decide
whether a child should be treated awake using a local anaesthetic, awake using laughing gas or with
the help of a general anaesthetic.

Please note that statutory health insurance companies will usually not cover the cost of this appointment.