Let's Face it, we as adults are often afraid of the dentist, how can we expect our kids to not be anxious and afraid? If your child needs dental work a great place to start is at a pediatric dentist. There are some things that may help them relax and be less anxious when they make that first trip. Here is some idea that could help make the visit a little less stressful for you and your child.
Look For A Warm and Inviting Office
When you start looking for a dentist for your children, finding one that specializes in working with kids is the first step. These dentists often have offices that are geared toward kids with murals on the walls, waiting areas where kids can play for a few minutes, and rooms that are themed. The staff at the dentist office also needs to be good with kids. The first impression coming in the door could make or break the visit so a staff that is smiling and happy, that will address the kids and that way can make the environment a little less intimidating.
Find A Kid-Friendly Staff
Being friendly and smiling is good, but a staff that works with kids exclusively can make a difference as well. If they work with kids all the time, they may have a better understanding as to how to help them relax while they are there. A dentist that is all business and doesn't take the time to connect with the child in the dental chair is not going to as well as the one that does. Kids need to understand what to expect but they need the information in terms that are geared towards them. Avoid bribery as a tool to get them to go as well. Just be honest and give them useful information that is clear without a lot of detail they don't need to know things that will only result in more stress for them.
Remember It is Scarier for Some Kids
Remember as you take your child to the dentist for the first time, it is different for every child. Some kids will find the whole trip very boring and routine while others are terrified of the whole process. If your child is in the latter group, it makes take more encouragement and some explanation of what will happen at the dentist to get them to go. Don't over explain it and don't tell them it won't because if it does, they will not trust anything you tell them about the dentist office.