Visiting the dentist can be a scary experience for young children, but pediatric dentists are extremely experienced at putting children at ease and will ensure the whole visit is as non-threatening and comfortable as possible. Treatment is provided in an environment that is designed to feel as safe and comfortable as possible.
There are a lot of different techniques can be used to help reduce children’s fears. The first visit is only for an examination, and allows a child to get used to being in the dentist chair, and to become accustomed to new surroundings.
Our pediatric dentist will take the time to explain what’s going on to your child using simple, easy to understand words. Pediatric dentists are very good at communicating with young children, and you’ll find our dentist and our dental team is very good at keeping your child distracted and amused during treatment; we work hard to help build up trust and rapport with our young patients, especially those who are anxious.
Our dentist will constantly check to make sure your child is still all right and is comfortable enough for treatment to continue.
Preparing Your Child for their Appointment
You can help prepare your child for their dental appointment. Lots of parents also find visiting the dentist scary, and it’s quite easy for these fears to be unwittingly passed on to children. If you are fearful then take care not to pass on these anxieties to your children, and don’t tell them treatment will be uncomfortable, or any stories that could frighten them. Instead, talk about their visit in a matter-of-fact way without placing too much emphasis or importance on it. Don’t promise them a treat for going to the dentist as this gives the impression they will need a reward for dealing with an unpleasant experience.
Answer any questions they might have in a simple and direct manner, but it’s often easiest to leave more complex or detailed questions to our pediatric dentist. This is because they are trained to answer questions asked by children in a way that is easy for even young children to understand. Emphasize the importance of maintaining healthy teeth and gums, and how it is the dentist’s job to help children and adults achieve a nice, healthy smile.
It’s perfectly normal for young children to feel anxious over dental visits, as some don’t like being separated from their parents or fear the unknown, while others are afraid they will be hurt in some way. Our dentist is highly experienced in treating young children and knows how to reduce these fears and anxieties.
The use of nitrous oxide conscious sedation can help particularly anxious children and is completely safe. As your child builds up more positive experiences at the pediatric dentist they should become less fearful.
They will be able to see dental visits are nothing to fear; they may even begin to enjoy them, especially when they are praised for doing such a great job of looking after their teeth.