Child Scared To Go To The Dentist? 2 Tips To Help Them Feel Better

It is common for a child to be scared to go to a dentist, especially if they have never gone before. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help your child feel better about going, two of which are listed below. 

See a Children's Dentist

Instead of taking your child to your dentist, take them to a children's dentist instead. This type of dentist is experienced in working with children and understands their fears. The other employees in the dentist office are also experienced with working with children from the receptionist to the dental hygienist. 

As soon as your child walks into the waiting room, they will see toys and other kids playing. The waiting room may be very colorful and cheery. There will likely be books for them to read, a variety of activities, and more. 

Ask the dentist if you can bring your child there a few days before their appointment. This can help them as they will know what to expect on the day of their appointment. If the dentist is not busy or the dental hygienist, ask if they can speak to your child for a few minutes. 

Play Dentist and Read Books

You can play a game at home with your child, and you can be the dentist and they can be the patient. Have your child sit in a reclining chair and open their mouth. Explain to your child this is what they will do at the dentist's office. Shine a light onto their face if you can so they will not be scared when the dentist or hygienist turns the light on to see their teeth well. 

Purchase some books that are about children and dentists. You can find books in bookstores, the library, or online that your child can read, or you can read to them. Books are a great way for your child to learn about going to the dentist, and reading about fears of other children will help them feel better. 

If your child likes to watch videos, find some videos about children going to a dentist for the first time. You can find these videos online or your local library may have some that you can rent. 

Ask your child exactly what they are afraid of to help you understand better. Tell the dentist their fears so they can speak with your child about them. It may take a few tries before they get comfortable.