Pediatric Dental Visit: What If Your Child Is Afraid of the Dentist
Many adults are scared of going to the dentist so it’s perfectly understandable that small children should feel the same way. Visiting a new dentist can be a scary proposition, particularly as dental offices contain many new sights, sounds and even smells. Some small children are concerned dental visits will hurt or they don’t know what to expect. It’s possible they may have even seen you coming back from a dental visit or have heard you complaining about visiting the dentist. If this is happened then it’s possible they associate dental visits with nasty or uncomfortable events. As a parent or caregiver there are lots of things you can do to help demystify the whole experience of a pediatric dental visit and make it much more pleasant.
Choosing a Good Pediatric Dentist
Your choice of pediatric dentist can make a huge difference. When you visit the Kids Dentistry Center you’ll immediately notice our dental office is extremely child oriented. The waiting room is full of kid’s toys and lots of things to keep them occupied while waiting to see the dentist. All of our pediatric dentists are extremely good, but Dr. Marina Krepkh is particularly gentle with nervous children and can quickly help put them at their ease as she is excellent at relating to them. Pediatric dentists are very good at explaining things to young children in a way that’s easy for them to understand so they feel comfortable receiving treatment. If your child doesn’t feel comfortable during the pediatric dental visit with one particular dentist or cannot relate to them, you can always ask for them to see another dentist. It is important that they like their dentist.
Be a Good Role Model for Your Child
When talking about a pediatric dental visit, make sure you only use positive terms. If you think it will help, you could even try taking your child with you to your dentist so they can see what happens during a routine exam. Afterwards talk about how nice it feels to have professionally cleaned teeth and how great it is to have good dental health. At home, make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. You could even try brushing and flossing at the same time as your child so they can see how you do it and can develop their own routine. (Read more about easing your child’s fears about visiting the pediatric dentist).
Preparing Your Child for a Pediatric Dental Visit
One way to prepare your child for dental visits is to visit your local library or bookshop as there are lots of children’s books on dental visits. These explain what will happen in a humorous and entertaining way so children can see that there is nothing to be afraid of. If your child does have specific questions, try to answer them in a matter-of-fact way but don’t provide too much detail. Your pediatric dentist can explain things more clearly during the dental visit. It might help for a small child to be able to bring in their favourite stuffed animal or toy, so it’s worth having a quick word with your dental office to find out if this is possible. Particularly nervous children, children with dental anxiety may need sedation dentistry to help them through an appointment, and again the Kids Dentistry Center can help, providing the latest and safest techniques to keep your child comfortable during treatments.