Taking your child to the dentist can be one of the most difficult times as a parent. You may be prone to anxiety about dental treatment yourself, especially when you may have had a negative experience in the past. At our practice, we aim to make your child’s dental visits as a positive, fun experience so they will look forward to returning and maintaining a healthy smile.

Despite your best intentions, often phrases like “it won’t hurt” or “they won’t use a needle” can subconsciously introduce dental fear to your child. Parents hovering over the dental chair trying to comfort their child often brings about unwarranted anxiety and tears in children who were initially very happy and confident to have their teeth checked.

In the lead up to your child’s dental appointment, try to keep it casual. Just mention it once of twice in the few days prior to the appointment. Try using phrases like “on Wednesday we’re going to the dentist to meet Bec, she’s going to count your teeth so we can see how many you have” and leave it at that.

We encourage you to accompany your child into the surgery on their initial visit with us to discuss any dental concerns you may have and so the dental therapist can discuss your child’s oral health with you. However, for the following visits we try to instil independence and a sense of achievement in your child by acknowledging that they are “old enough to go to the dentist” on their own.

After the initial consultation, we ask that parents remain in the waiting room while their child is having their appointment so that the dental therapist can develop a rapport with your child and undertake the planned treatment in an environment your child is comfortable in. Your child needs to trust our dental team to get everything done efficiently and with minimal fuss. The best way to do this is to lead by example! Just keep in mind that your children can often pick up if you’re anxious about their dental appointment so always bring them in with a smile!

If you need to discuss any anxiety issues regarding yourself of your child please phone the clinic in advance and our dental clinicians will be more than happy to settle your nerves over the phone!

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