A visit to the dentist can be an intimidating experience for many people, especially children. The visit might even be more uncomfortable for them if the visit is their first one. However, there are things that you can do to make your child look forward to their visit to the dentist’s office, or at least not be afraid to go to their appointment.
You might take your child to the dentist before the appointment to allow them to meet the dentist and their staff. During that visit, your child can see the office and talk with the dentist about what will happen during the procedure. You should not wait until your child has a cavity or another problem to take them to see the dentist. Regular appointments will not only allow the dentist to detect and treat any problems at an early stage but will also allow your child to become familiar with the dentist, the office nand the instruments.
Don’t tell your child that the trip to the dentist “won’t hurt”. Instead, focus on how the dentist will take care of your child’s teeth and keep them clean. Don’t use a trip to the dentist as a threat, since that will only make your child feel more anxious about a dental visit.
Bringing a stuffed animal, toy or their blanket to the dentist may help your child feel more comfortable. Talk with your dentist about staying in the exam room with your child, or to see if you can hold your child on your lap. That may or may not be possible depending on the procedure. Reading books and watching videos about going to the dentist may help ease your child’s anxiety.
One of the most important things you can do to help your child feel comfortable about a visit to the dentist’s office is keep up on your own dental appointments. If your child sees you being diligent and positive about seeing the dentist, they will follow your example.
If it is time for you or your child to have a cleaning and exam, or if you are looking for a family dentist, Dr. Lucas Rudelich would love to meet you! If you live in the Taylorsville, Utah, area, call 801-685-3429 to make an appointment at Southwest Dental LLC. We look forward to meeting you and your child!