Overcoming Fears of the Dentist

Helping Your Child Overcome Their Fear Of The Dentist
Posted on 09/20/2018
girl in dentist chair

At Children's Dentistry of Stuart, our mission is to help children throughout Stuart, FL and the surrounding areas achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. Our pediatric dentists and dental staff have years of experience treating children of all ages, and we've developed the skill to make every visit to our office a pleasant experience for just about everyone – but we understand that sometimes, a trip to the dentist's office can be a scary proposition for a child. If your child is dealing with fear or anxiety over visiting the dentist, we'll work with you and them to help overcome the issue, but there are a number of steps you can take at home to help your child overcome their fear of the dentist. 

Talk It Out

The first step to helping quell anxieties over the dentist's office is to talk with and listen to your child. Ask them where the fear is coming from: did they have a bad experience with their last dentist? Are they worried that going will hurt? Or is it simply the fear of a new, unfamiliar environment? No matter what your child says, any reason is valid. Remember that because children haven't fully developed their emotional intelligence, it may be difficult for them to put feelings into words. The main thing is to listen non-judgmentally to your child and talk over their fears. Often, the process of talking it out is enough to quell the worst of the anxiety. 

Model Emotions

Kids look to their parents for guidance on how to feel about a situation, so try to stay calm, pleasant and supportive when talking about the dentist's office or getting ready for a visit. Your child will pick up on your attitude, which can help them feel more secure in visiting the dentist. 

Incorporate It Into Daily Life

Another great strategy for clearing up fear around the dentist is to make dental hygiene and health a bigger part of at-home life. When you brush teeth with your child at the beginning and end of the day, talk with them about the importance of dental health, and mention that regularly visiting the dentist is a vital part of maintaining a healthy smile just like brushing teeth every day. By bringing the concept of dental visits into your daily routine, you make the idea less foreign and scary to your child. 

Schedule an Appointment with Your Stuart, FL Pediatric Dentist

We hope these tips help your child feel a little calmer about visiting the dentist, and if it still feels a little too scary, we also offer sedation dentistry as a safe, easy way to help any child feel more comfortable. If you want more help in quelling your child's fears, we encourage you to call us at 772-283-1230 with any questions. If it's time to schedule a checkup for your child, we'd love to see you – just use our easy online form to request an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you, and we're excited to make your next visit to the children's dentist fun, friendly, and tear-free!