The dental office can be a bit scary at times, especially for children, but we are here to help your child feel more comfortable and relaxed in the dental chair! At iSmile Mathis Ferry Dentistry, we are thrilled to offer pediatric dentistry to help your child grow into their perfect smile. To help your child have the best and most positive experience possible, we recommend doing the following things prior to your child’s appointment with us:
Explain things gently
Before your child’s appointment, explain what will happen in a gentle and relaxing way. Stay away from talking about the dramatic, worst-case scenarios and do your best to explain the process as if it’s a normal, natural, and acceptable treatment. If you aren’t sure what is going to happen at the appointment, be honest and encourage them to ask the dentist any question they have when they get here.
Answer questions honestly
It is normal to have a child who asks many questions. When they ask you about their upcoming appointment, give honest and gentle answers. If you tell them something false that does not happen, they will feel as though the dental office is unpredictable and unsafe. So, make sure you are honest when you answer the questions but deliver the answers in a gentle and reassuring way.
Be there for your child
Sit next to your child during their appointment. It will help them feel safe and comfortable if you are right there holding their hand while the dentist examines and treats their smile. Make sure you tell your child that you love and support them and you are there for them if they need anything.
Praise your child
It is important to praise your child about every positive aspect about their appointment. If you praise and congratulate them, they will feel positive vibes at the office and they will feel more accomplished and successful in the dental chair.
For more tips on helping your child feel comfortable and relaxed at the dental office, call us today and talk to a member of our friendly dental team! We look forward to helping you and your child complete the dental appointment with success.