It is quite common for both children and adults to fear going to the dentist. Even so, as parents, we want to make sure that our whole family is practicing good oral hygiene and keeping their teeth healthy. We do this in part by setting a good example and going to the dentist ourselves. Doing this will help your children understand there really isn’t anything to be afraid of.
If you still find yourself dreading the dental visit or you’re looking for ways to help your kid’s visit be easier, then take a look at these tips. They will almost certainly help you and anyone else in your family feel more at ease when you have a dental appointment. These easy to follow tricks and tiny changes can help a lot.
Go To A Sedation Dentist
One of the biggest issues for going to a dentist is the anxiety that a person experiences as it gets closer to their appointment. The second issue is with the discomfort that is experienced while at the appointment. If these two problems are the biggest issues for you or your children then you might want to consider making an appointment with a sedation dentist.
These type of dentist use a range of anesthesia that helps reduce or eliminate the pain of a dental procedure. Also, you can speak with this type of dentist about your situation or that of your child and they can help you determine the level of sedation that will be best for the particular procedure that you’re having. This range can be anywhere from using enough to greatly reduce the pain, all the way to the level of putting you to sleep.
When you work with this type of dentist you’ll be able to eliminate one of the two biggest causes of your anxiety. This type of dentists is usually reasonably priced and therefore there’s no reason not to go to a sedation dentist. You may even find that you and your children learn to not have anxiety anymore because you know that you will be appropriately sedated.
Try Listening To Some Good Tunes While The Work Is Being Done
Aside from the pain of a procedure, one of the big things that makes people uncomfortable is the sound the tools make when the work is being performed. To drown out that sound we recommend that you try listening to some good music. Using a pair of headphones that won’t get in the dentist way will allow you to drown out the noise of the drilling tools and other things that the dentist might use.
It might strike you as a bit strange at first to think of doing this but if you let the dentist know why you’re doing it and it helps you or your child to be more comfortable then it will certainly be okay. Once you’ve done it once or twice then you’ll likely learn to rely on it to help your visit be more comfortable. The music will not only drown out the other noises that are uncomfortable for you to listen to but it will also give you something to focus your mind on and distract you from the work being done.
You’ll want to make sure that the size of the headphones are appropriate so that you can drown out the other sounds. They need to fit in your ears or your child’s ears rather than sitting on top so that they don’t get in the way of the dentist doing his or her work. You might also want to have a backup pair just in case the procedure goes on a little longer than you expect.
Discuss Your Situation Or That Of Your Child’s With Your Dentist
Tell your dentist that you or your child is having some anxiety over the visit. It’s extremely common and the doctor will not be surprised to hear it. Once they understand that there is some fear they can do what’s possible to help alleviate the anxiety. The dentist wants you to have a comfortable visit and they’ll do what they can to help you and your children.