How Can I Calm Down My Child at the Dentist?
The last thing you want is for your child to melt down in the dentist's chair (or out in the waiting room). Yet, there are things you can do as a parent to help your child get used to the idea of seeing the dentist.
Our pediatric dentists know that children can feel anxious during their first visit. Continue reading to learn how to calm down your child at the dentist.
Please contact us with any additional questions or concerns you may have regarding your child's dental visit.
Keeping Your Child Calm
Talk to Your Child Before Their Appointment
Children tend to handle change better when they know what to expect. (Adults are the same way.) The sooner you can let your child know about their upcoming dentist appointment, the better. That way, your child will have enough time to mentally prepare themselves. They'll also have the opportunity to ask you any questions or express concerns.
When talking with your child, try to stay away from words like "pain" or "shots." Instead, frame their visit to the dentist as a positive experience. Let your child know that our pediatric dentists want to help them maintain healthy teeth. Be honest and use simple words to answer your child's questions.
Bring a Favorite Toy or Blanket
Does your child have a favorite stuffed animal they sleep with? Do they carry their favorite blanket with them everywhere? If so, it might be a good idea to take this item with them when they visit our office for the first time. That way, they can feel some sort of comfort while they're in a strange new environment. A favorite toy or blanket is something familiar your child can hold to help ease their nerves.
Ask About Laughing Gas
If your child needs a filling or other procedure, ask our pediatric dentists if they can use laughing gas. Laughing gas is a mild form of sedation we use for patients with dental anxiety. We can use laughing gas to help children get through procedures with minimal stress.
Laughing gas (also called nitrous oxide) is safe for patients of all ages. It's also quick to act and wear off so your child will be able to return to school after their appointment with us. During your child's appointment, we place a mask over their nose. This mask supplies oxygen mixed with nitrous oxide so your child can feel more relaxed.
Request an Appointment with Children’s Dental Care
Not all general dentists know the best ways to treat children. For example, your child may need a little extra time getting used to the dental office. During your child's first visit with us, it's typical for us to not even do a teeth cleaning. Instead, we take the time to help your child feel more comfortable in the dentist's chair.
Ourreceive specialized training to treat young patients. We know how to talk to children in a way that's easy to understand, yet non-threatening. That way, your child can feel comfortable asking questions. Our will give your child the tools they need to maintain a healthy smile for life.
Our pediatric dentists serve patients in Dearborn, Canton, Livonia, and surrounding areas. We create a safe welcoming environment for your child to receive pediatric dental care. Call Children's Dental Care today to request an appointment for your son or daughter.