Many adults still have anxiety about going to the dentist, so imagine how many children deal with the same issue. The problem is so vast that it can lead to not visiting the dentist often enough and poor oral health.
Children who deal with dental anxiety can go into a panic which symptoms that include sweating, cardiac sensations, dizziness, trembling or shaking, and more. Many children experience dental anxiety to varying degrees. Some kids may just be a bit nervous, while others may become so anxious they can’t even physically go to the dentist.
So if you do have a kid who lives with anxiety about going to the dentist, how can you decrease that and make it easier for them to keep their mouths healthy? Luckily there are plenty of ways to do so, but you’ll have to experiment and find what works best for your child.
Make Them Informed
Even though your children might not be able to understand exactly what the dentist will be doing, explaining it to them in simple terms can help. Kids like a sense of predictability so they know what to expect. While going to the dentist might not always be the same, there are some steps that are, including driving there, waiting for the appointment, sitting in the chair, etc. Teach your child how to signal if they need the dentist to stop a procedure so they become more trusting.
Use Relaxation Techniques
Relaxation techniques for children are different than they are for adults. You can’t give your kids a drink or have them pop a pill. They’re also probably too young to learn how to do yoga or meditation. What you can help them do is a simple deep-breathing exercise or teach them to tense up and relax certain muscle groups to relieve stress and anxiety.
Tribeca Dental Studio is dedicated to helping your children experience as little anxiety as possible about visiting the dentist. Give us a call today at 347-508-6412 to learn more.