Did you know there are ways you can help your child feel safer and more comfortable in the dental chair? Well, it’s true, and we are happy to help you! If you do one or more of the following things, your child will feel less nervous about their dental appointment:
No. 1: Explain things gently
When you talk to your child about their upcoming appointment, explain things in a gentle and reassuring way. Please stay away from talking about the dramatic, worst-case scenarios and do your best to help your child understand that the treatment is important, needed, and safe. If you aren’t sure what is going to happen at the appointment, be honest and encourage your child to ask the dentist any questions they have when they get to the office.
No. 2: Answer questions honestly
As you get ready for the trip to the dental office, your child might ask you questions about what will happen. If they do, it is best to answer the questions honestly and gently. If you give your child false expectations, they could leave the appointment feeling as though the dental office is unpredictable and unsafe. So, if you can, help your child understand what will happen during the appointment and let them know that everything will be OK.
No. 3: Be there for your child
Your child will feel more comfortable and safe if you or another loved one sits with them throughout the treatment. If it’s needed, you can also hold their hand and tell them stories to keep them calm. You can also help them by telling them you love them and that you are there for them if they need anything.
No. 4: Praise your child
If you praise your child during and after their appointment, they will feel good vibes at the office and they will feel more accomplished and successful in the dental chair.
Call our office today if you would like to learn more about helping your child love the dental office!