How to Help Your Child Prepare for a Pediatric Dentist Visit
Children can fear the dentist for a variety of reasons. Perhaps they’ve had a painful experience in the past or they are nervous about something they don’t know well or don’t understand. Regardless of the reason, it is not uncommon for children to fear visiting the dentist. This can make bringing your child for a visit to our office difficult. Below, we’re sharing some of our top tips for preparing your child for their first dental visit.
- If your child is frightened of a new experience, bring them in to our office before their appointment to have a look around and receive a free tour. Becoming familiar with the dentist office without having their teeth looked at may ease their fears of visiting a new place.
- Reading stories about children who have conquered their fears can empower your child to conquer his or her own fears. A common way for children to learn is to mimic what they see. You may have noticed this already when your child wants to do something just like Mommy or Daddy. Tap into this experience by encouraging them to emulate the characters in their favorite stories.
- You can even try reading books about teeth. Learning about human teeth, or even animal teeth, can spark their curiosity to learn more, instead of fearfulness.
- It might also be helpful to teach your child coping mechanisms for fear. Share with them how you conquer your own fears, or try telling a story or singing a song that reminds your child that it’s okay to have a new experience.
- Your child may find comfort in sharing the experience with a favorite stuffed animal or other small toy. If Susie the doll is getting pictures of her teeth, your child may feel more comfortable joining in on the fun. You are also welcome to bring in your own movies to play during your child’s dental visit.
- Here at FUNtastic Pediatric Dental we offer a special Comfort Menu of items that may help your child during their visit. Take advantage of our free sunglasses, soothing weighted blanket, or noise-muffling kid-sized earmuffs. These items can help calm an anxious child if the pediatric dentist office gets to be too stimulating.
- After a successful exam, reward your child with a treat from our sugar-free candy store, or a visit to their favorite toy store if they make it into our No Cavity Club.
Contact Our Pediatric Dentist Office to Schedule Your Child’s Appointment
Visiting the pediatric dentist shouldn’t be a scary experience for any child. We are proud of the pain-free dental experience we provide in our kid-friendly environment. Getting your child actively involved in find a solution that helps him or her feel safe and in control can go a long way in making a dentist visit go smoothly. If it’s time for your child’s next dental appointment, please contact us to schedule your visit and be sure to let us know if your child will require any special attention before or during the visit. We look forward to seeing you at FUNtastic Pediatric Dental!