Does your child suffer from anxiety when it comes to coming to their dentist? If so, you might be interested in reading some of our tips to help kids overcome their fear of dentists, and help kids view dentists as persons who can help them have better oral and general health.
One of the best tips to reduce nerves in children with regards to the dentist is to schedule visits during early childhood. The sooner your child gets used to the dentist, the less likely the chance of them developing a fear towards the dentist. Pediatric dentists are trained to specifically provide service at the level of child and understanding their language and cognition level.
Another great tip is letting your kid play with toys that are similar or mimic instruments used in the dental clinic. Letting the child touch dental instruments will also help alleviating fear. Play is a child’s language and letting them do so may ease their anxiety over dental procedures. Explaining a procedure to a child using play therapy is the most effective means of gaining their trust and courage for a forthcoming dental procedure.
If your child is nervous and cannot be soothed by any of the above suggestions, then you may want to consider sedation dentistry. Child sedation dentistry can help make your child’s appointment at the dentist a pain-free, stress-free experience.
Children tends to take cues from adults as well. If you have your own fears of the dentist, these may be getting passed on to your children. Consider sedation dentistry for yourself if you have any issues with the dentist.
We are here to help you and your child enjoy your every visit to the dentist. Contact North Shore Dental Group today to learn more about sedation dentistry or to book an appointment.