Dental Tips Blog

Sep
8

Helping Your Child Relax at the Dentist Office

Every parent wants his or her child to enjoy going to the dentist office. Especially if your child has had bad experiences in the past, or has special needs that make him or her unable to sit through a typical dental appointment. Here are a few easy steps that you can keep in mind when scheduling your child’s dental visit:

Ask About Sedation Options

There are a variety of sedation options that are safe for children. Nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) is one of the easiest ones to try. The effects work quickly and are reversible within just a few minutes. Most children find it makes them very relaxed, sleepy, or even a bit giggly. 

Let the Dental Team Do the Talking

Well meaning parents sometimes use trigger words without meaning to. For instance, you might say “don’t worry, it’s not going to hurt.” 9 times out of 10, kids will hear the word “hurt” and think there is something to be afraid of. Your dentist and his or team know the right way to convince your child that this is a fun place to be – and to get the appointment over with quickly!

Schedule First Thing in the Morning

Having your child’s appointment early in the day means he or she will be well rested. Waiting until nap time or late afternoon will be difficult for younger or more anxious children. Sometimes it’s best to just have it first thing in the morning instead of dwelling on it all day long, worrying about how it is going to go. Then reward your child with a small token or activity for their behavior (sometimes bribery is a must!)

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339

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