Pediatric Dentistry: Eliminating Your Child’s Fear of the Dentist

If your child fears the dental office, the dentist, and the dental tools, there are a few ways to help your child feel more comfortable, safe, and relaxed in the dental chair. To help your child have the best dental experience possible, you can do the following:

Explain things gently
When you help your child get ready for their appointment, explain what will happen in a gentle way and please stay away from talking about the dramatic, worst-case scenarios. If you explain what will happen at the appointment in a gentle, reassuring way, your child will feel more comfortable in the hands of the dentist. If you aren’t sure what will happen at the appointment, be honest and encourage your child to ask the dentist any question they have.

Answer questions honestly
It is normal for your child to have questions about the dentist and dental office, and we ask that you answer your child’s questions honestly but gently. If your child has false expectations of the appointment, they will leave the appointment thinking the dental office is unpredictable and unsafe. So, if you can, help your child understand what will happen but let them know that they will be safe and their smile will be healthier.

Be there for your child
Your child will feel better in the dental chair if you sit next to them and hold their hand throughout their treatment. You can also help them relax by telling them you love them and that you are there for them if they need anything.

Praise your child
If you praise and congratulate your child during and after their appointment, they will feel successful and accomplished in the dental chair. They will also feel positive vibes at the office, which will help them feel more comfortable about their dental appointments.

To learn about more ways to help your child have a positive and successful dental experience, call our office today. We are more than happy to help you and your child love our dental office and dental team!

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