The dentist’s office can be a scary place for adults and children alike. At White Smiles Family Dental, we work hard to reduce dental anxiety for our patients of all ages. We believe that visiting the dentist can be stress-free, pain-free, and even fun.
If your child is nervous about visiting the dentist, there are things you can do to help decrease their dental anxiety. Our dentists have put together the following tips for improving your children’s dentistry experience:
Talk Openly About the Dentist
People tend to fear what they do not know or understand. If your child shows signs of dental anxiety, you can usually reduce their discomfort by openly talking about their fears. Allow your child to ask questions or share their thoughts about the dentist and provide positive feedback or reinforcement whenever possible.
Visit the Dentist with Your Child
Dental visits should be a family affair. We can typically schedule your whole family to meet with our Springfield dentists on the same day, which means your child can easily accompany you to your dental cleaning. The more you expose your child to the dentist, and the more appointments they get to observe, the less anxious they will become.
Plan a Fun Post-Dental Appointment Activity
Our dental team will always work with your child to make them more comfortable at our dental office. Sometimes, however, your child will respond more positively if there is something to look forward to after their dental cleaning. We often encourage parents to plan a fun post-dental visit activity with their children. This activity can be a visit to the park or swimming pool, a trip to the movies, or lunch at your child’s favorite restaurant. These activities will help your child associate fun and positivity with visiting the dentist, and their anxiety will naturally decrease over time.
Learn More About Children's Dentistry
If you need more tips and tricks regarding children’s dentistry in Springfield, please don’t hesitate to reach out by calling (417) 887-6882!