If your child is afraid of the dental office and every tool associated with it, there are a few ways you can help them feel better in the dental chair! If you do the following things, you will be able to ease your child’s dental fears one appointment at a time:
• When you explain to your child what will happen at the dental office, explain it all gently. If you aren’t sure what is going to happen, be honest and encourage your child to ask the dentist questions when you arrive at the office.
• Answer your child’s questions honestly. It is normal for your child to ask questions before and during the appointment, and if you give them honest answers, they will know what to expect while they are here. If you give them unrealistic answers, they will leave their appointment thinking the dental office in unpredictable and unsafe.
• Be there for your child. If you sit next to your child, hold their hand, and tell them you love them while they receive treatment, they will feel better in the hands of the dentist. It will also comfort them to know that you will be there if they need anything.
• Praise your child during and after their appointment. If you congratulate and praise them, they will feel positive vibes at the office and they will feel accomplished and successful in the dental chair.
Call our office today if you would like to learn more about helping your child love the dentist. We are more than happy to help you!