How Can I Help My Child Feel Comfortable at the Dental Office?

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Going to the dental office can be a very scary task for most children. They are entering a place they are not familiar with which can cause a great deal of fear and discomfort. If your child is afraid of going to Dental Works, then here are a few tips that may help make their next visit more enjoyable.

Tip No. 1: Use positive language and avoid negative words when talking about the dentist. Using positive words such as: healthy, clean, happy, and strong when talking about the dental office allows your child to associate positive things with visiting Dr. Jennifer Morgan. If you describe the dentist using negative words like: pain, needles, drills, sharp, or scary, then your child will most likely associate these feelings with the dental office.

Tip No. 2: Provide a possible distraction. Letting your child watch their favorite cartoon or movie may provide just enough of a distraction to help them relax. If your child does not watch TV or movies but enjoys music, that is also another good option. Utilizing distractions allows your child to take their mind off the procedure at hand and can create a more positive experience. This being said, make sure you have a backup plan just in case the TV at the office is out of order. You may want to bring in your own device.

Tip No. 3: Be an example to your child. Your child looks up to you and looks to you for strength and courage. Make sure you show your child that you are brave and unafraid of the dental office. This may inspire them to brave the scary dental office so they can be more like mommy or daddy. Being an example is a crucial part in your child’s experience at the dental office.

For more information about how to help your child feel comfortable at our dental office in Athens, Texas, or if you would like to schedule your next dental appointment, feel free to contact us at 903-675-0023. Our friendly staff looks forward to hearing from you.