dental phobia

How To Help a Child With Dental Phobia

For some children, visiting the dentist can be a daunting experience, leading to severe dental anxiety or phobia.

As a parent, it can be challenging to see your child struggle with fear and stress during dental procedures. However, Park View Pediatric Dentistry can help you find effective ways to help your child overcome dental phobia and make dental visits a more positive experience — for everyone.

Create a Positive Dental Environment

The first step in helping a child with dental phobia is fomenting a more positive dental environment.

Choose a pediatric dental office like Parkview, which has a child-friendly atmosphere, and pediatric dentists are trained to handle children’s dental needs while making them feel safe. Their child-friendly waiting areas, toys, and decorations help create a positive experience for your child.

Communicate Openly and Honestly

Communication is crucial when dealing with a child’s dental anxiety.

That means taking a little time to speak with your child about dental visits in a calm and reassuring voice.

Avoid negative words or phrases that might create fear. Answer any questions they may have about the dental procedure. Maintain honesty and use age-appropriate language. Let them know that the dentist’s job is to help keep their teeth healthy and that they will not experience pain during the visit.

Consider Sedation Dentistry

For children with extreme dental phobia or those who require extensive dental treatment, sedation dentistry is a safe and trustworthy option. Sedation dentistry uses medication to help the child stay relaxed during the dental procedure.

This can be administered orally or intravenously, depending on the child’s needs and the complexity of the procedure. Pediatric dentists are specially trained to administer sedation safely and monitor the child throughout the process to ensure their safety and comfort.

Schedule a Consultation Today

If your child suffers from dental phobia, seeking professional help from a pediatric dentist is essential.

At Park View Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in New York, NY, they understand children’s needs and remain committed to providing the patient and compassionate care you need. Contact the office at 212-879-6518 to schedule a consultation and learn more about how they can help your child stay calm and comfortable during dental procedures.

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