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Sheffiled Children's NHS Trust

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS



Dental Procedures: My Visit to the Dentist

Developed in association with Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

A set of information sheets designed to help patients with learning difficulties understand the procedures, sequence of events and people associated with a visit to the dentist.


My Visit to the Dentist (Child)

This pack is made up of two elements:

  1. A set of three information sheets which take a step-by-step approach to the sequence of events and people a patient might meet during a visit to the dentist.

  2. My silver tooth, a single information sheet about a specific procedure, the preformed metal crown (also called the stainless steel crown).

The information sheets can be used in several ways:

  • Before the dentist visit, to introduce procedures that are likely to take place and the symbols associated with them

  • During the visit so that the dental team can explain what will happen next (the sheets can be laminated to make reusable wipe-clean cards for the child to hold)

  • After the visit, to encourage good oral care at home or to practise procedures at home prior to the next visit.

Using symbols as well as words helps children and adults with all abilities to make sense of what is happening to them in an often unfamiliar and frightening environment.

Although there may be minor differences in procedures from one dentist to another, the overall pattern will be very similar.


In the Dentist's Room
In the Dentist's Room

After Seeing the DentistAfter Seeing the Dentist

My Silver Tooth
My Silver Tooth

My Visit to the Dentist
My Visit to the Dentist

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