Tips from your family dentist for overcoming your child's fear of dentist part 2

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In part one of our blog series, we discussed things that you can do to help ease and reduce your child’s fear of going to the dentist. From being upfront and honest with them to helping them understand the benefits that come with going to the dentist, there are plenty of things that you can do to help make your child feel better about coming to the dentist. Concluding our blog series in this final installment, here are a few more tips for you to help ease your child’s dental anxiety.

Read Books About Going to the Dentist

A fear of the dentist is something that is very common for children, especially ones that have had few or no prior visits. Because of this, there are plenty of books for children that serve the purpose of helping them understand that visiting the dentist is nothing to fear. Visit your local library and check out a few books to read with your child. Reading to your child is a great activity to begin with, but if you incorporate books about going to see the dentist into your regular reading schedule in advance of their dental visit, they’ll feel much better about the situation by the time they have to see the dentist. Children relate heavily to books, and by doing this, they’ll essentially be able to draw on other people’s experiences for reassurance that the dentist is indeed nothing to fear.

Let Your Dentist Know In Advance

If you’ve reached a point where your child is completely stress-free and fearless of their next dental visit, congratulations! Chances are, however, your child may still have a small level of lingering fear of the dentist before their visit, as they have yet to see for themselves that it’s a safe, normal experience. With this in mind, the final and highly effective way to help your child get over their fear of the dentist is simple — let their dentist know that they feel this way. By letting your dentist know that your child is feeling anxious about their visit will help them approach the situation with a better perspective. They’ll be able to speak and interact with your child in a way that is friendlier and more gentle, helping your child feel at ease while they’re in the chair. When the appointment is over, your child will feel far better about future visits having experienced first-hand that the dentist is simply there to help them.

Those are two more things that you can do to help your child get over their fear of the dentist. Hopefully this blog series was helpful to you, and that your child feels better about their next dental appointment. Blue Sky Family Dentistry is here to provide families in the greater Austin area with high-quality, comprehensive dentistry services for the whole family. To learn more about our Austin family dentist office, or to set up your next appointment, call us today at 512-717-4786  today. We look forward to hearing from you!