When it comes to easing your child's fears around visiting the dentist there are a number of easy techniques you can try. Here are a few tips from our children’s dentists on what you can do before, during and after your child's dental appointments.
Dental anxiety is a common condition experienced by both children and adults.
Nonetheless, oral health is so important that it’s necessary for you to help your child to overcome these fears and find ways to manage behaviours around visiting the dentist. Regular dental visits that begin early in life will help to keep your child's smile healthy right into adulthood.
The process will be easier and more enjoyable for everyone if you take a little extra time to find a dentist who understands dental anxiety, and who is willing to work you to ease your child's fears. There are also a number of simple things you can do to help manage your child's behaviour before, during and after their dentist appointments.
Before The Visit
Rather than springing it on them at the last minute, be sure to tell your child in advance that they have a dental appointment. This extra time before the appointment will allow your child to mentally prepare for their upcoming visit to the dentist. It will also give you the opportunity to talk to your child about what to expect, as well as address any concerns they may have, before you get to the dentist's office.
During The Visit
It's a good idea to bring along a favourite toy or book to provide your child with something familiar and comforting while you’re at the dental office. During the visit, familiar items can be a helpful and calming distraction for your child.
It's important that you remain calm during the visit. Understandably, it can be hard to stay calm if your child is having a difficult time, but simply speaking gently to your child will make them feel more at ease and safer.
After The Visit
Applauding your child for their bravery and good behaviour during a dental visit can make a world of difference, and set them up for success for future dental appointments. So be sure to lavish your child with praise for attending their dental appointment.