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How to Help Your Child Overcome Dentist Chair Nerves

Going to the dentist can be a scary experience for your child. Addressing their fear is an integral part of ensuring that they get the dental care they need. 

At  Today’s Dentistry in San Jose, CA, Peter Lee, DDS specializes in general and cosmetic dentistry. A kid-friendly dentist, he offers parents the following tips.

Strategies for easing dental anxiety 

Dental anxiety varies from person to person, but there are measures you can take to ease your child’s fears. Children express their worries in different ways. Your child may cry or throw a tantrum, for instance. If you're hoping to provide a more positive experience for your child, consider these options.

Have your child meet the dentist 

You should schedule your child's first dentist appointment as soon as their teeth begin to form. Getting into the routine of regular dental visits at an early age can prevent potential problems in the future. Visiting our office before your child’s first appointment to do a meet and greet might also help ease their anxiety.

A family dentist whose patients include lots of children can help manage your little one’s nerves. But Dr. Lee isn’t the only one in our office who has experience with children. At Today’s Dentistry, everyone uses simple words and a friendly tone to make your child feel comfortable. We also talk to your child to draw their attention away from treatment. Body language and compliments reinforce your child’s good behavior. 

Don’t share your dental fears 

Model positive behavior and reassure your child that there is nothing to be afraid of. Nervous kids may benefit from sitting on a parent's lap or having a hand to hold while they're getting their teeth checked. 

When speaking to your child about their visits, avoid using words like "hurt" or “painful.” Refrain from describing your own negative dental experiences and keep in mind that it is normal for your child to be somewhat fearful of the unknown. 

Redirect your child’s attention

Dr. Lee ensures that your child understands the importance of maintaining healthy gums and teeth. This gives your child a sense of security around dental procedures and potentially distracts them from the examination. Additionally, bringing your child's favorite toy or smartphone can help take their focus off of the dentist's office. 

For all of your family’s oral health care needs, you can count on Today’s Dentistry. Contact us online or by phone.

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