As a parent or someone who loves to take care of a child you do not want to see them be in pain or discomfort. Visiting the pediatric dentist is necessary for a child to ensure that their mouth stays healthy. You don’t want them to damage their teeth as young as they are. However, we cannot avoid them being scared and the only thing you can do is take some steps in order to reduce the anxiety they feel when visiting the dentist.
Don’t Wait Long
This doesn’t mean don’t wait long in the reception area, this means that you should start young with your child. You should visit the dentist when they are still young so that they can create associations to it. It could be for a preventative check up or emergency visit, no matter which one it can help ensure that they are familiar with the whole thing.
It is a good idea if you tell the child what to expect in the dentists office. Don’t make it complicated by telling him every little detail about the visit but rather tell him the importance and why you are going. Don’t tell him false hopes if you don’t want him to have it, because if something goes wrong he might not trust you or the dentist anymore.
A child doesn’t need to hear scary word in their vocabulary, so avoid saying pain, hurt and other words that would denotes so. Instead use words that is technically not a lie but also not scary like count teeth or check mouth. You can also let the staff in the dental clinic introduce the words to the child so that there won’t be any problems. This way the visits can be fun or exciting for them rather than anxiety inducing.
You and your child can play a little dental visit before any real visit happen. You don’t have to buy a dentists tool only a toothbrush and count teeth. This will help a child create an image of what happens inside a dental clinic. It may not be accurate but at least the child would know what to expect when they visit.
Children would always have a tantrum, most especially if they are meeting strangers that to them would look scary. Prepare yourself for such a situation but remember you do not have to worry about it because the dental clinic knows how to deal with children having a tantrum. They are after all working with kids in a daily basis.
As parents or someone who has experience with dentists try not to relate your experience to the kids that may sound scary to them. You should also avoid bringing in your child to your dental appointment as you may be having nervous vibes while you wait and the child could pick up from that. In simple words, having a child visit the dental clinic is important the younger they are the better.