Children’s Dental Experiences
A child’s response to dental treatment is complex and determined by many factors including age, temperament, anxiety, fear, previous dental experiences, and reaction to strangers. It can be extraordinary for some, terrifying for others and somewhere in-between for the rest.
It is important for dentists to communicate with calmness and honesty in a child-friendly manner. This approach engages children and helps build a rapport while facilitating positive attitude and behavior.
Below are some parents’ comments about their children’s experiences at our pediatric dental office:
- My kids never liked going to the dentist but now they are not afraid.
- My daughter gets excited when it is time to go to the dentist.
- My son is completely comfortable and so am I.
- My son told me he loves the dentist.
- My kids actually look forward to the dentist visit now.
- After the appointment, my son wanted to stay and play.
- My son said he wasn't afraid of getting a tooth pulled because the doctor hummed a song while she worked on him. He said it made him feel so much more at ease.
When dentists establish a comfortable and friendly environment, children relax and learn to cope with the various dental procedures, which typically cause anxiety. These children are more likely to accept dental treatment without a fuss and have positive interactions with the dentist.
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