If your child is afraid of the dentist, there are a few things you can do prior to the appointment to help your child feel more comfortable, safe, and relaxed in the dental chair! At our office, we care about your child, and we want them to grow into their perfect smile while loving the dentist. In order to make that happen, please help your child feel better by doing the following things:
1. Explain things gently: As you help your child get ready for their appointment, explain what is going to happen in a gentle way. Refrain from talking about the dramatic, worst-case scenarios and do your best to help your child understand that the treatment is important, acceptable, and needed. If you don’t know what is going to happen at the dental office, be honest and encourage your child to ask the dentist once you get there.
2. Answer questions honestly: It is normal for your child to have questions about the dentist and dental office. When they ask you questions, answer them honestly and gently. If your child is expecting the appointment to go a certain way and it does not happen, they might feel as though the dental office is unpredictable and unsafe.
3. Be there for your child: Make sure you are there with your child during their appointment. If you sit next to them while they receive treatment, they will feel comfortable and safe. As the dentist works on your child’s smile, tell your child that you love them and you are there for them if they need anything.
4. Praise your child: It is very important to praise your child during and after their appointment. If you praise and congratulate them, they will feel positive vibes at the office and they will feel more accomplished in the dental chair.
If you would like more tips to help your child feel better at the dental office, call us today and talk to a member of our dental team. We are more than happy to help you and your child have the best dental experience possible!