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Often with paediatric patients we only get one shot.
A paediatric emergency appointment can be stressful for everyone involved. Mum and dad are worried, the child is likely nervous or potentially in pain and it’s likely that you have gained some grey hairs thinking about how this might end up.
Treating kids can be unpredictable, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Dr Tim Keys is on the podcast today to show us how we can take back control of the paediatric emergency appointment to enable us to best help the child, not only with the short term issue, but setting them up for a life of dental confidence.
Key Tips to Takeaway for Tomorrow:
- 3:15 – Examine the patient as a whole, not just the problem
- 4:40 – Always take X-rays on kids – wouldn’t do a filling without an x-ray on an adult, why not kids? Also a great test of patient compliance
- 6:30 – Tips for preparing and communicating with parents
- 9:10 – Talking about pain – Parents vs. Patient
- 10:40 – Dr Tim’s spiel to prepare kids for an extraction – some great, fun ideas!
- 12:25 – Sequencing paediatric treatment plans – start easy and always finish each visit on something achievable.
Dr. Tim Keys
Tim is a Paediatric Dental Specialist based on the Sunshine Coast. Tim completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Queensland and his specialist training at the University of Melbourne. He is extremely passionate about giving kids the best dental head start in life.
Tim and his wife and fellow paediatric dentist Dr Sarah Dumais Pelletier run the The Children’s Dental Centre on the Sunshine Coast. They also actively run a great blog sharing Paediatric Dental Tips and tricks – check it out here!
Tim is a member of the Australian Dental Association, Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentists, Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentists, European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Royal Australasian College of Dentists. He is a Major in the Army and is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Queensland.
You can find the Childrens Dental Centre and more Kids Dental Tips Here!
Instagram – @childrensdentalcentreminyama
Also, look out for more tips from Tim coming out on the “What I Wish I Knew” Podcast soon!
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