Experiencing dental anxiety is normal to kids if they feel threatened, frighten, under pressure, or facing a difficult situation such as undergoing a dental procedure. Kids would tend to imagine having a tooth extraction, injection, and other dental procedures as a traumatic experience for them. Most kids would think that medical professionals such as dentists are like villains who would cause them in terrible pain, just like in a cartoon show they watch.
As they continue to think and imagine the horrifying dental experience, some kids would show signs of anxiety by having tantrums, constant crying, becomes very grouchy, would have panic attacks, worries too much by asking many questions such as: Is it painful? What are they going to do with my teeth? Is there an injection? Others may have sudden experience of headaches and stomach pain; they feel restless or would refuse to eat food. These many reasons cause kids to skip dental visits.
As parents, it’s crucial to observe the behavior of your child and communicate with them before going to the dental clinic. Here at Kidsmile, we want to help your kids outgrow their dental anxiety and never fear their pediatric dentist. Here are some helpful ways to stop fearing the dentist.
Use Positive Language
Language use in a situation is significant to convey a message across to your child. Encouraging words would help your child feel that he is secured and being taken care of by the dentist. When your child is misbehaving well, never use a dentist or any dental procedure to scare your child for them to obey. Feeding your child’s mind with good thoughts is necessary to avoid anxiety.
Find a Dentist to Trust
It is best to find a dentist that you can trust to help you with your child’s dental health and oral care. Many dentists are good at their profession. However, different dentists have a different approach to their patients. It is vital to find a pediatric dentist who can adapt, understand, and relate to kids. Checking past reviews or feedback will be a great of support.
If your child is anxious or fearful due to the dental works, let your dentist know about it to be able to adapt to your t child’s dental needs and treatment. It’s essential that you will be able to communicate to your pediatric dentist all your child’s fear to be able to build the trust to help in a dental procedure.
Breathe in, Breathe out
Do a breathing exercise slowly makes your child feel more relaxed during the entire procedure. This technique achieves release stress and tension to the muscles.
Playing your child’s favorite track gives a brain workout. Music helps your child’s mind from being anxious about becoming calm and stress-free.
Hand a Toy
Handing a toy to your kids reduces restlessness and helps manage anxiety during the dental process. It helps your child to stay focus, to feel more relax and be in a calming state of manner.
Check Sedatives Availability
Checking to your Pediatric Dentist if sedatives are available for your child is necessary before a procedure. Sedation is a medication that provides a calming and relaxing effect to a patient to ease the pain of dental works.
We, at Kidsmile, are passionately dedicated to providing quality dental care for your child. Our goal is to partner with you to help your child establish and achieve excellent oral health as they grow.
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