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How to ease your child’s anxiety about going to the dentist

May 24, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Spruce Ridge Dental @ 12:24 am

It’s no secret the dentist may be up there with your child’s biggest fears. Between all of the poking and prodding, a simple check-up can feel uncomfortable. Here’s a handy guide to ensure your child faces a dental exam with confidence.


Stay calm

  • Hide your own dental fears. Your child will pick up on them if you don’t.
  • Perhaps have a partner or another family member, like an aunt, accompany the child.
  • Talk to your child about what the dentist will do and why. Keep the messaging positive and realistic. Hold their hand if you’re able to.

Entertain them

  • A child-friendly dental office will have plenty of distractions for them in the waiting room and while they’re in the chair.
  • You too can distract them if necessary, with a favourite book or toy, perhaps. Answer all their questions if they are unable to focus on a book or toy.
  • A simple light and positive conversation should do the trick.

Prepare them physically

  • No child is at their best when he or she is tired. Make sure they are well rested, and they will handle the experience better.
  • Make sure they are hydrated, too. If they have a tendency to become queasy or gag, ensure they have a healthy and light lunch about an hour beforehand.

Rewards go a long way

  • Plan to do something fun after the dental appointment. Give your child something to look forward to.
  • It doesn’t have to be an extravagant reward, just something that suggests they got through the appointment like a champ.

And there you have it: With these tips, your next trip to the dentist with your child should be a breeze.

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