While some children are happy to come to the dentist and even look forward to the visit, others suffer from pediatric dental anxiety and for them the mere thought of visiting a Northbrook dental office can send them into a panic. As a result, many parents are faced with the challenge of mitigating dental anxiety in their children but sometimes do not know the best ways to do so. Below are a few simple tips that can help reduce a child’s anxiety over a dentist appointment.
Before setting an appointment with Dr. Steven Kacel a dentist in Northbrook, read your child some books on trips to the dentist. This is a fun way to let them know what to expect and to allay some fears. CGreat children’s books like The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist are most likely available at your local library.
Additionally, role-playing at home by playing “dentist” will give your child an idea of what to expect and make them feel more comfortable when they arrive at the office. When playing at home, allow your child to play as both the dentist and patient to give them a complete understanding of the visit.
Most importantly, be a good example when it comes to oral hygiene. Teach your children ADA approved methods of keeping your teeth clean and healthy. Explain that your dentist in Northbrook, IL helps keep your teeth strong and healthy and that she will do the same for your child.
Even a tiny bit of empathy, patience, and understanding can go a long way. If your child still has anxiety about a dental appointment, reach out to your dentist for more specific advice.
If you have any other questions about mitigating pediatric dental anxiety or any other aspects of oral health, reach out to Steven Kacel, D.D.S., M.A.G.D., F.A.D.I. and his friendly staff at his Northbrook dental office will happily answer any questions you may have. Call (847) 457-0400 to make an appointment today.