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Our policy  for vulnerable children

Every child and their family are always treated with respect and empathy, with high quality effective and culturally appropriate services by the Stratford Dental staff.

We realise that most children must be bought to our premises by another adult.  We recognise that transporting children may pose difficulties with adult work and family commitments or the lack of reliable transport for some families.

However, if staff at Stratford Dental had concern for the wellbeing of a child because the child was not brought for treatment, or for other presenting issues, the Stratford Dental staff may contact other providers for assistance or to even provide care, e.g:  contact a public health nurse or the referring practitioner to assist potentially with transport or other perceived issues.

If the child is not brought for care over an extended period and when the child is deemed to have significant issues such as significant pain and infection then a referral to Oranga Tamariki may be sought when all other avenues have been unsuccessful.

We’ve been asked:

Should a parent accompany a child into the treatment room?

 

Dentists frequently prefer that parents do not accompany children into the treatment room since they want to gain the child’s attention and establish control of the situation.

However, for the first visit, it can be comforting for the child to have a parent come along for the process of getting settled into the chair. Some children do much better with a parent there for support, while others may become unruly because they know they can manipulate their parents. Some parents just can’t relinquish their child to another’s care and may interfere unnecessarily, or they may distract the child with bribes, reprimands and conversation.

Mary Anne does like having parents in the room. But, she does prefer to establish one-to-one relationship with the child (as in asking parents to observe only).

Could you stay out of your child’s line of vision and don’t talk.

If your preschooler finds it comforting to hold your hand the dentist may agree to let you do this after the first 10 minutes

There may be some occasions when if treatment is not completed/not attended we are obliged to report this to other child providers.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

If you are looking for solutions that address the health and wholeness of your smile, the answer is yes. Treatments like crowns, bridges and dental implants enhance your appearance while protecting your oral health.

Certain dental health problems can also affect your overall wellness, so it is important to work with your dentist to decide the best way to maintain a smile that is both healthy and beautiful.

Crowns & Bridges

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

If you are looking for solutions that address the health and wholeness of your smile, the answer is yes. Treatments like crowns, bridges and dental implants enhance your appearance while protecting your oral health.

Certain dental health problems can also affect your overall wellness, so it is important to work with your dentist to decide the best way to maintain a smile that is both healthy and beautiful.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Modern dental materials and technology have dramatically improved the appearance of dental crowns and bridges. The porcelain used in today’s crowns and bridges can be colour-matched to blend perfectly with the shade of your natural teeth. With proper placement, your dental restoration should be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

Dental Implants

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

If you are looking for solutions that address the health and wholeness of your smile, the answer is yes. Treatments like crowns, bridges and dental implants enhance your appearance while protecting your oral health.

Certain dental health problems can also affect your overall wellness, so it is important to work with your dentist to decide the best way to maintain a smile that is both healthy and beautiful.

Paediatric Dentistry

We know that convenience is important for today’s busy families. That is why we offer dentistry for the whole family including your children. We begin seeing kids at a young age to make sure they have a healthy dental foundation.

Our policy  for vulnerable children

Every child and their family are always treated with respect and empathy, with high quality effective and culturally appropriate services by the Stratford Dental staff.

We realise that most children must be bought to our premises by another adult.  We recognise that transporting children may pose difficulties with adult work and family commitments or the lack of reliable transport for some families.

However, if staff at Stratford Dental had concern for the wellbeing of a child because the child was not brought for treatment, or for other presenting issues, the Stratford Dental staff may contact other providers for assistance or to even provide care, e.g:  contact a public health nurse or the referring practitioner to assist potentially with transport or other perceived issues.

If the child is not brought for care over an extended period and when the child is deemed to have significant issues such as significant pain and infection then a referral to Oranga Tamariki may be sought when all other avenues have been unsuccessful.

Sedation Dentistry

Most forms of dental sedation will leave you drowsy but conscious and able to voluntarily move and speak. Dental sedation will put you into a deeply relaxed state. You may find that time passes faster, and you may not even remember parts of the procedure when it is over, but you will remain conscious the entire time.

Tooth-Coloured Fillings

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Unlike metal fillings, tooth-coloured fillings are a custom-mixed resin composite. The composite mixture is matched to your tooth colour and bonded directly to the tooth. This usually results in a filling that is nearly indistinguishable from your natural tooth.

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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.