As you may already know, dental appointments can be a bit stressful and overwhelming, especially for children. This is why it’s common for children’s dental appointments to be unsuccessful. However, there are things you can do as a parent to help your child feel more calm and comfortable in the dental chair.
First, bring your child in to see Dr. Mark Teigen at the best time possible. Timing is everything, so please avoid bringing your child in for their appointment when they should be taking a nap. It’s also recommended to avoid bringing them into the office after naptime as well—but only if your child tends to be cranky when they wake up. For older children, try not to schedule the appointment right after school or extracurricular activities. Most of the time they won’t have enough energy to deal with a dental treatment.
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.
Doing these things can help your child feel better in the hands of the dentist. So, please do your best to bring your child in at the best time, be an example for your child, and leave your anxiety and nerves at the door. For more details and information, don’t be afraid to call Cascade Dental Care at 360-425-8140. Our dental team is happy to help you help your child have a successful dental appointment in Longview, Washington.