If your child is scared about a visit to the dentist it is helpful to know where the fear is coming from. Once you can identify the source you can help them overcome their worries.
At the Kakar Dental Group, we specialize in pediatric dentistry so we understand how little ones can feel walking into the dentist clinic. It is our pleasure to not only help the children discover happy dentistry experiences but also to reassure and help the parents. We know it is sometimes more difficult for the parents than the children when they have to climb into the dentist’s chair.
Here are some of the reasons your child might be scared of the dentist.
- Fear of the unknown
- Stress they have taken onboard from friends and family who have had negative experiences at the dentist
- Anxiety from media which can include cartoons
- Fear of medical procedures including needles
- Fear of pain
Fear of the unknown is the easiest one to deal with. Some children are naturally fearless and brave while others are timid and shy. Usually, after a child has experienced something once they relax, gain confidence and the fear quickly dispels.
Does your child ride scary roller coasters and dance on stage in front of people at any chance? If they do have a nature that is outgoing and usually fearless, but they show discomfort at the idea of going to the dentist, the fear probably comes from one of the other reasons on the list.
It is not always possible to identify or remove the feelings of anxiety children experience. So sometimes we need to use sedation dentistry to help them through.