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Calming a Child Who Fears the Dentist

Posted on 1/15/2017 by OPDSF Office
A young girl suffering from dental anxiety.
Some people instinctively fear the dentist. Others get that fear from a family member that also shares that fear. If your child is nervous about going to the dentist, there are a few things that you, as their parent, can do to help.

Here are some tips to help keep your child calm, and let them know that going to the dentist is both a good thing, and a safe thing.

Helping Your Child Surpass Their Fear of The Dentist

One thing that you can do to help calm your child's fears is to simply sit down and listen to them. Many times, children fear the dentist because they think something is going to happen that doesn't. If you sit and listen to what is making them afraid, you can often help remove those fears by explaining to them that some of their worries are not going to happen.

Another thing you can do to calm your child is to schedule a talking appointment with the dentist. It may only be able to be 10-15 minutes long, but that is often enough time. Let your child see the dentist as a person first, and a dentist second.

Often, once they get to know the person and what that person is going to do, they feel much more at ease. This is common for dentists to offer, so give your child's dentist a call and see what they can do.

If you are worried that your child's dental fears are going to cause them to have problems with their oral health, contact our office and see what they recommend. They deal with nervous kids on a regular basis, and have lots of tips and tricks that can really help your child feel more relaxed when they come in for an exam.

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San Francisco, CA 94116

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