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What Is Children's Dental Anxiety?

Posted on 11/8/2021 by Fariba Mutschler
What Is Children's Dental Anxiety?If your kid tries to get out of a dentist appointment, you need to get to the root of the problem and find out what's causing the anxiety. Your kids might have a fight-or-flight response after hearing the word “dentist.”

To answer the question, children dental anxiety is an actual problem that kids go through when they have to get a dental checkup. Professional dentists such as Dr. Fariba Mutschler and Dr. Mark Mutschler at Great Grins for KIDS - Portland know all too well how to calm down fearful kids.

Let's take a look at what causes children dental anxiety:

Reasons Behind Children Dental Anxiety

•  The sounds and smells in the dental clinic
•  A painful experience
•  Being embarrassed about how their teeth look
•  Feeling out of control
•  Hearing about bad experiences from friends

What to Do If Your Kid Has Children Dental Anxiety

•  Have a Heart to Heart With Them: Have a conversation with your kid about what's bothering them and then reassure them you will be their side at all times
•  Go to a Pediatric Dentist: Dentists like Dr. Fariba Mutschler and Dr. Mark Mutschler have experience in treating kids. Their demeanor is different from the usual dentists, and their years of training allow them to put kid patients at ease easily
•  Distraction Always Works: While your kid is in the dentist chair, play their favorite music. This will not only distract them but also put them in a relaxing state
•  Talk to Them: Keep the conversation going, even if it’s only one-sided. Your voice alone will calm them, and they will focus more on what you are saying rather than the intimidating tool the dentist is holding

To know more about how to tackle children dental anxiety, visit Dr. Fariba Mutschler or Dr. Mark Mutschler at Great Grins for KIDS - Portland. To schedule an appointment, call at (971) 470-0054.
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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