Patient Education

Managing Stress

Are you anxious about going to the dentist? You would be surprised, but this same anxiety can be transferred to your children. 

Improving the Dental Experience

It is not just the words that you use when you talk about the dentist. It is also your body language and facial expressions. Children are extremely perceptive and will pick up on this. Here are some examples of how this might happen.
“Don’t worry, Sally, it’s just a little needle. It’s not going to hurt.”
We might say this thinking that it will calm our children; nevertheless, the key words that will stand out in their minds are “needle” and “hurt”. This can draw attention to the negative aspects of the dental visit and create unnecessary anxiety.
Grabbing your child’s hand immediately before the injection.
Holding a child’s hand through a stressful procedure can definitely help. However, if the child is sitting well and showing no sign of angst, embracing their hand right before the injection will sometimes give the child a reason to be anxious. It is a non-verbal cue that something uncomfortable is going to happen. We are often surprised by the number of children who will take an injection and not even realize that they got one.
It is our goal to provide children with a positive experience at the dentist always. We encourage parents to be mindful of their own anxiety about the dentist, and to remain as neutral as possible heading into an upcoming appointment. Dr. Perusini and the team at Avenue Pediatric Dentistry are more than happy to discuss strategies to accomplish this task.

Schedule an appointment with us today for a beautiful, healthy smile.

Come Find Us

Conveniently located in the heart of Edmonton, Avenue Pediatric Dentistry proudly deliver all aspects of dental care to infants, children and teenagers, as well as those of all ages with special needs.


Tel: 780-428-7761
Fax: 780-428-1032
Email: [email protected]


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Tuesday 7:30a.m.–3:30p.m.
Wednesday 7:30a.m.–3:30p.m.
Thursday 7:30a.m.–3:30p.m.
Friday 7:30a.m.–11:30a.m.