If your child is scheduled for his or her first dental visit, you might be doing your best to alleviate anxiety. This is a new experience, so of course your child is going to feel anxious. You also can’t be sure what messages he or she has received in the past about the dentist. Are friends scared and sharing scary stories at school? Has your child heard you or his or her other parent talk about dreading a visit to the dentist? Was there something on TV about a dentist being scary? You need to counteract these misconceptions and help your child feel at ease about a visit to a West Chester family dentist.
1. Your Visit Will Be Pain Free
First and foremost, assure your child his or her visit to aWest Chesterfamily dentist will not hurt. This is likely the scariest part. It might be a little uncomfortable, but rarely do dental visits cause pain. Avoiding the dentist can cause pain, but actually sitting in the chair is rarely painful. Any procedures that might cause pain are dealt with by administering anesthesia before they begin.
2. Your Dentist is Friendly
Has your child met yourWest Chesterfamily dentist yet? He or she might enjoy a tour and introduction before the actual appointment. If you are planning to schedule a dental visit any time soon, bring your child along for your next appointment, just to provide some exposure to the people in the office.
3. Your Friends Visit the Dentist
Assure your child his or her friends are likely going to the dentist already. This is one instance in which peer pressure can work in your favor!
4. I Was Scared Before My First Visit, Too
Your child is unsure about the experience and hearing that his or her mother or father were also scared can create a feeling of calm. If mom or dad can do it, so can they! Sharing your anxieties with your child helps him or her feel normal and as if this experience is a regular part of life.
5. You Can Tell Me If You are Scared or Uncomfortable or Feeling Anything Else
Make sure your child knows he or she can share anything with you. This includes feelings leading up to the visit, as well as anything he or she feels after. And if anything happens during the appointment, encourage your child to speak up.
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