Pediatric Dental Anxiety: How to Help Your Child Overcome Fear of the Dentist

Parents play a pivotal role when it comes to fear of the dentist. The first visit to the dentist is what sets the note for future meetings.

Treating a child with dental anxiety can be extremely challenging for the dentist. Not only does it pose difficult in providing dental care but is detrimental to the dental health of the child s it hinders the receipt of preventive dental care.

Talk to your child

Children tend to handle situations much better when they are predictable. Talk out the visit to he dentist with your child before hand and what they can expect during the visit. During the procedure the dentist should provide information about any sensations that the child would feel sounds that she will heat and the taste of certain medications. The show and tell method can work best in these situations.

Relaxation Strategies

Anxious children don’t have control over their fear and need help from their parents or the orthodontist. The dentist should conduct some relaxation exercises for the child to do before receiving care. Deep breathing exercises should help calm the anxious child down. To make the visit more interesting, blowing bubbles out of the wand is able to do the trick. Muscle relaxation techniques may be used but can be time consuming.


Dental anxiety can be considerable minimized in anxious children by distracting them. The child could be provided with a toy to take their mind off the procedure. Not all toys however can be provided to a child during treatment. Talking to the child can be effective. A good technique is to ask them to talk about a memory such as a trip to the zoo which may have a positive effect.

Involved Parents

No one can understand a child better than his/her parents. Chances are an anxious child has exhibited the same behavior in other situations or contexts. In these cases, the parents may already have some strategies in place which may help the child to calm down.

The dentist shouldn’t hesitate to ask the parents for assistance. This will make the child calm down not only because they will feel supported by parents but because of the familiarity of the situation. It is advisable to keep the parent in the room during the dental procedure where the child can see them.


Body language

Children can pick up much more than you think and your body language will help them ascertain whether or not you are a threat. A smile can go a long way when it comes to comforting a child. Try to keep your demeanor positive throughout the treatment.

Dental anxiety is an extremely common phenomenon in the world and may even continue into adulthood. This is why it’s important for parents to remove the fear in its early stages.

If dental fear escalates, it can become a hindrance in receiving preventive dental care. Since the patient will not be receiving optimal care, the patient may have o go emergency treatment should a problem arise.

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