How To Reduce Your Child's Dental Anxiety

6 July 2022
 Categories: Dentist, Blog


Dental anxiety can be overwhelming and if your child is experiencing this phenomenon there are a few things you can do to make sure that you reduce dental anxiety.

Dental anxiety is often caused by misinformation that kids get about the dentist. The best way to correct dental anxiety is to allow your kids to see the dentist in a more positive light. Here's a look at some of the things you can do to help reduce anxiety.

Watch Your Attitude

The attitude you have toward the dentist as a parent is very important. Often children get a lot of their dental anxiety from their parents. If you don't like going to the dentist you should not make it known to your child. If you do, you run the risk of passing on your fears to them. Make sure you talk about the dentist in a positive way so that they will have a good image of the dentist in their head.

Do an Office Tour

One way to make sure that your child is comfortable with the dentist is by doing a pre-appointment visit to let them get a tour of the dental office ahead of a first visit. Also, make sure that you do not take your child to a dentist who does not specialize in pediatric dentistry. A pediatric dentist is ideal for your child. This is because they will have specialized training in understanding children and their development. 

Their office will also be significantly different from that of a regular dentist. The office will usually be filled with toys and painted in a kid-friendly way so that children immediately feel comfortable.

Validate Your Child's Feelings

If your child is feeling anxious about the dentist the best way to deal with it is to face the problem head-on. Validate what they are feeling and then use positive reinforcements to help them to get over their fears. You can give them stickers or reward them with a treat that they enjoy to help them overcome their fears and get the visit done.

Visits to the dentist are an important part of your child's healthcare. Unfortunately, sometimes children are filled with fear when they think of going to the dentist. As a parent, you have a lot of control over how your child sees the dentist. Just be sure you take the time to cultivate a positive image so that your child will have a good experience.

For more information, contact a pediatric dentist in your area.