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Preparing Your Anxious Child for a Dental Visit

07/03/2017
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Is your kid so anxious that he or she can’t sit still in the waiting room of a dentist office? Pediatric dental anxiety often occurs because children get the idea that visiting the dentist is a frightening experience. The noise of the drills and the unexpected experience can overwhelm any child even if they’ve been to the dentist before. Help your child feel more comfortable at the dentist with strategies to make the dental exam less terrifying.

 Once they can associate a great experience with the dentist, they’ll feel less alarmed and happier to visit the dentist.

Strategies to Calm Pediatric Dental Anxiety

When it comes to dentist appointments, a parent knows it’s a necessary task for your child’s dental health. However, you also want your child to feel comfortable going to the dentist. These strategies will help your child feel relaxed while they get their teeth checked.

Paint a friendly picture of the dentist

If you’re taking your child to the dentist for the first time or are visiting a new dentist, build a positive image of the dentist to help your child feel more comfortable. Your child’s dental anxiety can be relieved with positive information of the procedure they will be receiving. Also, tell your child you’ll be by their side the whole time so they can feel supported.

Prepare yourself for the anxiety

No one knows your child better than you. Prepare yourself for the dentist appointment if you know your child won’t feel comfortable. Remain calm during the visit and relax. The dental staff and the dentist have experience dealing with the dental anxiety and will have your child’s best interest at heart.

Positive reinforcement for good behavior

Reward your child for their good behavior during their dental exam. This will help your child associate a positive experience and a reward for doing a good job. Stickers, baseball cards, or a small trinket toy will help your child feel proud of doing a great job at the dentist. Make them feel proud of great behavior, and they will most likely not have anxiety the next time they visit the doctor.

Kid-Friendly Family Dentistry

We want your children to feel comfortable when they visit Cabrillo Family Dental Care. Our children’s dentistry provides your children with a happy and relaxed place to help ease their dental anxiety. We work with the parents to show them dental areas they should focus on, as well as teach their children how to brush and floss the right way. Schedule a pediatric dental appointment today!