Strategies to Help with Your Child’s Dental Anxiety

pediatric dental anxiety tipsFor a young child, going to the dentist can be scary and overwhelming, especially when a stranger is poking around in their mouths. If your child is experiencing dental anxiety, the good news is that there are several steps you can take to help your child feel more comfortable and ease any discomfort.

Here are a few ways to have a calmer dental visit.

Inform the Dentist of Anxiety Concerns

If you suspect your child might have dental anxiety or they’ve experienced it in the past, the most important step is to let your child’s dentist know. At Arch Orthodontics, our entire team is trained to help with your child’s dental anxiety and we have various ways to keep them occupied including coloring books and small toys. We’ll also be able to go the extra mile to make sure your child feels comfortable when they’re in our office.

Start Going to the Dentist Young

One of the best ways to avoid dental anxiety is by bringing your child to the dentist as young as possible. This will help them get used to the office and feel more comfortable going to get their teeth cleaned. If you wait until your child is older to bring them to the dentist, the experience can seem scarier since they’ve never been before and are more aware of their surroundings.

Explain the Process

Walking your child through the steps of their dental appointment and cleaning will allow them to understand each and every step that is being taken. Knowing what to expect helps a lot of pediatric dental anxiety, it’s the fear of the unknown that makes children feel overwhelmed and scared. Try incorporating in books, TV shows, and movies to help them feel more comfortable.

Make it a Fun Experience

The best way to get rid of the anxiety of getting your child’s teeth clean? Make it a fun experience! Talk about the toys and TV and even offer your child a reward that they can look forward to after their appointment.

To schedule a dental cleaning for your child, contact ARCH Orthodontics today at (781) 436-8201.

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