Is your child ready for their first dental visit? Are you looking for ways to ease your child’s fear of the dentist? Below are some tips to ensure success:
Bring your child to the office as a “non-patient”, maybe on one of your hygiene visits. He or she can take a ride in the chair, and watch you interact positively with the team.
Arrange for a morning appointment. Most children are more positive, alert and receptive during the morning.
Take a tour of the office with your child before he or she enters the treatment room.
After an initial visit, allow your child to enter the treatment room alone. This allows the doctor and team to communicate with your child directly and build trust.
The words we use make all the difference. Try not to talk about specific procedures or instruments. These ideas tend to confuse children.
Below is a list of word substitutions you can use when talking to your child about their visit:
Let your dentist know if there are special requests that would help your child have a great visit!