Dental appointments can be scary and nerve-wracking for children, which oftentimes makes them more stressful and unsuccessful. However, there are things you can do to help your child feel more comfortable in the dental chair. That way they can have a more positive and successful dental experience.
First, schedule the appointment at the best time possible. Timing is important for a successful appointment, which is why our team asks that you do not bring your child in for their appointment during their naptime or during their feeding time. If your child tends to be cranky when they wake up, we also recommend that you avoid bringing them in after their nap. For older children, it’s oftentimes hard to visit Dr. Jennifer E. Taylor right after school or extracurricular activities. If they don’t have the energy to go through treatment, it’s best for them to come back another time.
Second, be an example for your child. Show your child how you should act at the dental office. If you need a professional teeth cleaning, have your appointment first. That way your child can see how you handle your treatment and you can show them that caring for your smile isn’t as scary as it might seem.
Third, leave your dental anxiety at home. If you feel stressed, nervous, or anxious, your child will most likely feel those things as well. So, it’s important to come to our office feeling confident, carefree, and relaxed. In addition, our team also asks you to keep your cool if your child fails to cooperate. If you fight with and yell at your child, it will only make matters worse and your child could grow to hate the dental office.
If you’re interested in knowing more tips about how to help your child have a successful dental appointment in Mason, Ohio, please remember that you can always call Taylor Family Dentistry at 513.229.7801 and talk to a member of our dental team. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to giving you the information you seek.