What to Do if Your Child is Scared to Go to the Dentist?

Going to the dentist is necessary for good oral health. Delaying going to the dentist can result in cavities and tooth decay, which we don’t want. If your child is scared to go to the dentist, you can’t force them into the car. For some kids, it is scary to have someone poking their teeth and mouth.

You don’t want your child to have a traumatic memory of their dental visits from when they were younger. If your child is happy, the dental visits will be calm and enjoyable.

Dentistry for children is a tough job. It is not like with adults that you just examine their teeth and you are done. You need to be patient around them and make them feel comfortable. These strategies will certainly help calm your child down and have a positive experience.

1.     Start Early

The older children get, the more afraid they would be of all the equipment and noises at the dentist’s office. If you start your child’s dental visits at a young age, they will adjust to the atmosphere and feel comfortable being there. Early visits will also ensure that your children’s teeth are free of cavities.

2.     Go For a Pediatric Dentist

You may be happy with taking your child to your family dentist, but it is recommended that you opt for a pediatric dentist instead. Pediatric dentists have special training on how on deal with children. Also, the pediatric dentists’ offices are kid-friendly and filled with bright colors and posters that will calm your child’s nerves.

3.     Meet and Greet Your Dentist

Do you know you can actually go to the dentist’s office and get your child to get acquainted with the dentist before the appointment? If your child is scared to go to the dentist, you can take him for a meet and greet and show him that there is nothing to be scared of. If they know what to expect at the dentist’s office, they will not be reluctant to go.

4.     Stay in the Room

It is easier for the child if their parents are in the same room with them. When kids get nervous, they need to hold the hands of their parents to help them get relaxed. Most dentists allow parents to stay in the exam room during their first visitation.

5.     Don’t Talk Too Much

Yes, it could be easier for your child if you distract him from the exam with jokes. But it is better for you to let the child bond with the dentist. It would be a lot easier for him to feel comfortable if he has a nice and friendly relationship with the dentist.

If you have any questions for the dentist you can address them after the exam is completed.

6.     Stick With the Same Doctor

It can be uneasy for your child to visit different doctors. Changing dentists can be confusing for children. It is important that you schedule the appointment with the same dentist each time.

We here at Veneman Dental Care give children a friendly environment so they won’t be frightened.