In our blog’s previous article, the causes of dental anxiety were explained and specifically related to how children may experience dental anxiety. Dental anxiety is very common, but it is so important to help your child overcome dental anxiety so that they can be more comfortable at the dentist. There are many causes of dental anxiety and it is important to find out what the reason is behind your child’s dental anxiety in order to help them take control of it. Continue reading for more tips to help your child overcome dental anxiety.
Recognize That They Are Scared
One of the worst mistakes that people can make when a child acts out before a dental appointment or some other meeting is to tell them to be a big boy or girl or to get upset with them. Children do not always know how to express themselves, and it is important as a parent to recognize that your child is scared and then help them handle their fear.
Recognize that this is a situation that they are either unfamiliar with or have had a bad experience with in the past, bringing a feeling of fear. Let them know that it is okay to feel scared but that it will be okay and explain why it is important to visit the dentist.
Provide A Proper Notification
When you set up a dental appointment, you will usually know weeks or even months before when it will be. This gives you plenty of time to prepare and dental offices will even give you reminders before your appointment. However, sometimes people will forget or decline to tell their child that they have a dental appointment coming up. Letting your child know that they have a dental appointment coming up and talking about going to the dentist in a positive way can help your child feel more ready to go to the appointment.
As previously mentioned, it is important to speak positively about the dentist before a dental appointment. However, it is important to always speak positively about the dentist. Even if you have a fear of going to the dentist or have had a negative experience with a dentist or doctor, try not to talk about these things around your child. This will help avoid your feelings transferring to them. Speaking positively about the dentist may also help you feel better about the dentist.
Pay Attention To The Media Your Child Is Consuming
Another important thing to do is ensure that your child is watching and listening to media that portrays doctors and dentists in a positive light. If your child watches a movie that makes a dentist seem scary, they will likely think that is what all dentists are like. Choose programs and books that will educate your child about the importance of going to the dentist and taking care of their teeth.
We Can Help Your Child Overcome Dental Anxiety
We at Granger Pediatric Dentistry understand that dental anxiety is real and can be really hard to experience. We also understand that children are more prone to dental anxiety than adults and that oftentimes dental phobias start in childhood. We want to help your child overcome dental anxiety. We can help you do this by showing your child that dentists do not always have to be scary and doing everything in our power to make them feel more comfortable.
We are experienced with working with children and are aware that dental anxiety can cause children to act in a variety of ways. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment with one of our talented and experienced dental professionals.