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Are Kids Susceptible to Dental Anxiety?

Posted on 2/20/2020 by Fariba Mutschler
Are Kids Susceptible to Dental Anxiety?Due to various reasons, many children often suffer from dental anxiety. This sort of anxiety is often because they fear what is going to happen to them once they sit in our dental chair. While most people don't necessarily like visiting the dentist, most are not afraid to go.

However, when it comes to children, they step into a zone of fear which makes the experience that much more harrowing to them. However, there are things that can be done to help control this fear, and sometimes, eliminate it all together. Here are a few ways that kids can have help overcoming dental anxiety.

Using Books

From a very young age, parents should introduce their children to the concept of the dentist. This is specifically so that they can understand that we are not someone who is going to harm them. Instead, they can see us as a friend who will help them get a better smile and healthier smile. You can use kids' books with nice illustrated drawings so that even when children come into our office, it doesn't all look foreign to them.

Choose A Good Dentist

Not all pediatric dentists are the same. Some are friendlier than others. Since most places these days have a review system, you can actually go online and look at what other parents had to say about a particular dentist. From these reviews, you can then make an informed decision to take your child to someone who is attentive to their needs and will make them feel welcome and comfortable.

Children often look up to their parents for a lot of things. Kids tend to be attentive to things more than we think. If they see that you keep all your dental appointments, they will know that it's something normal and that there is nothing to fear. This way, when you ask them to come with and visit our office, they won't be afraid to comply. As such, even in future, they will be confident that we are a friend to help them feel better. For more tips, give our office a call!
My daughter was a little nervous to have her dental work done but everyone in the office was super friendly and very reassuring and that helped her nervousness go away. Thanks for the excellent dental experience. ~ Lilyana G.

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