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How a Happy Dental Visit can Make Children More Comfortable

June 27, 2024
How a Happy Dental Visit can Make Children More Comfortable

Dental visits should be positive experiences for children. But all too often children are nervous or afraid, and all it takes is a single negative experience for a child to develop dental anxiety. Adults with dental anxiety can often trace their fears back to an unpleasant or traumatic dental visit they had as a child. 

On the other hand, a happy dental visit can make children more comfortable with going to the dentist. When children form a positive view of dental care they are more likely to practice good oral hygiene habits and continue with preventive dental appointments into and throughout adulthood. 

What Makes a Happy Dental Visit? 

 The following help to ensure a positive dental experience for children: 

  • Fun, kid-friendly environment. When the dental office has warm, inviting, and fun decor, kids are more likely to feel at home. It creates a lighthearted atmosphere that puts children and their parents at ease. 
  • Compassion and patience. Children need compassion and patience to excess. They can’t be rushed or forced to cooperate, because that is how negative feelings develop. A gentle tone, words of encouragement, and a reward system are all helpful strategies when working with children. 
  • Technology. A range of technology can make dental visits more positive for children. Dental technology can make treatments and procedures less invasive and more gentle. Media technology, such as TVs and tablets, allow children a welcome distraction from what is going on in their mouth. 
  • Sedation dentistry. In some cases children may need some relaxation assistance, especially in the case of children with special needs. Sedation dentistry helps children feel more calm using a variety of medications and strategies. 
  • Doctors and dental team with pediatric dentistry experience. Working with children comes naturally to some, and with experience for others. For your child to have a happy dental visit, the doctors and dental team must have experience providing dental care for children. 

At What Age Should Children Start Going to the Dentist? 

A key factor in helping children develop a positive association with dentistry is to begin dental care at an early age. According to the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, children should have their first dental visit by the age of one, or within 6 months of the eruption of their first tooth. There are a few reasons for this. 

For one, as soon as a tooth is visible above the gums it is susceptible to decay, and by their first birthday most children have at least one tooth showing. Even before there are visible teeth, other oral health issues can develop. Preventive dentistry is already needed. 

The other main purpose of early dental care is to introduce children to the concept of going to the dentist at a young age and continue the routine with dental visits every 6 months to normalize the experience and reduce the chances that children will develop dental anxiety.

Frequently Asked Questions About Children’s Dentistry 

Why should I take my child to a pediatric dentist? 

Pediatric dental practices are geared specifically toward children and designed to meet their unique dental needs. Family dental practices also provide dental care for children, but may not be as prepared to treat very young children. 

What types of sedation do you offer? 

We offer a wide variety of sedation options, including nitrous oxide, conscious oral sedation, IV sedation, and outpatient general anesthesia. We believe that sedation can help children feel more comfortable and avoid unnecessary stress. 

Schedule Your Child’s Happy Dental Visit Today  

Kids and Teens Dental Place strives to provide a happy and comfortable experience for every child during each dental visit. Our doctors and dental team make dental care fun for children, establishing a positive foundation that leads to a lifetime of oral health. 

Contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment. 

Contact our office today to schedule your appointment!

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