How do you manage dental phobia in children?
In preventing dental phobia in children, we try to create a fun, relaxing and happy environment. We talk to them in their language and let them go on a little ride on the dentist’s chair. If they’ve had a bad dental experience in the past, sometimes we’ll pop on some happy gas to help, too!
Dental phobia in kids - It's important for children to see the dentist at a younger age before any problems become painful.
It’s important for children to see the dentist at a younger age. If kids only visit the dentist when they are in pain, or there is a problem, then they will quickly build an association between the dentist and fear.
It’s not just about their dental health; it’s also about creating good memories and the idea that we’re a dental family that they’re comfortable coming to. Kids who are used to having things done in the chair regularly, like a check-up and clean, will then develop trust and be comfortable with the surroundings. If they then end up needing a filling, it won’t be a bad experience.
On the other hand, if a child doesn’t attend routine check-ups, then at the age of eight or nine develops a toothache, it can create a bad memory which may stick with them for the rest of their lives. In pain, they’re suddenly being taken to a completely new environment, facing an injection and potentially needing a tooth to be taken out. That’s the memory they’re going to associate with the dentist because they haven’t had a chance to experience anything different.
Contact Alderley Dental to arrange a check-up and clean for your child. We will make their visit fun and stress-free.