It is not uncommon for your child to fear the dentist. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help calm your child’s fears and make the dentist less terrifying.
Educate Your Child on The Dentist
It can be advantageous to purchase a few books on the dentist outlining what to expect and explaining various situations in a funny way. Reading your child a comedy about going to the dentist can help calm their fears and they may begin to associate the dentist with fun.
Accompany Your Child
Part of the fear of going to the dentist is leaving you behind. To avoid this, you can talk to your child’s dentist about accompanying them for their first visit. Having you by their side can eliminate the fear of tackling the dentist all by themselves.
Acting out possible situation that can occur at your child’s visit can also help put them at ease. Children often fear the unknown, but roleplay makes them less likely to dream up horrible situations.
Educating your children, accompanying them and role playing are a few ways to ease your child’s fear of the dentist. Reading them a book or two portraying funny situations can also be beneficial. Contact Kids of OZ Dental to learn additional information on how to help your child’s fear of the dentist.