Helping Children and Adults to be Fearless at the Dentist

Many children and adults are fearful about going to the dentist. Several adults don’t go to the dentist because they are too scared. Luckily you go to the dentist twice a year. You will risk something going wrong if you don’t go. There are ways to help children and adults face their fears when their appointment is closer to arriving.

1. Confide in Someone

If you’re scared about your upcoming dentist appointment, talk to someone about it. It can be your dentist, a family member, or a friend. These choices are all good, but the dentist will help explain what will happen a lot easier than a family or friend can. If your anxiety level is through the roof, then talking to a counselor would be a good idea.

2. Watch Videos

Watching videos is best for children. They can see what will happen before they sit in the chair. It will help them if they see children their age getting their teeth cleaned, so they know it’s not scary. You can also show your child videos on the kinds of equipment the dentist will use. Your children will feel better knowing it’s mostly floss, toothpaste, and water. 

3. Distraction

Creating a distraction will help children and adults conquer their fear of the dentist. Most pediatric dentists have televisions above each chair with a Disney movie playing. It helps keep their mind off of what the dentist is doing. For adults, it’s different. Adults can bring in another family member or a friend to hold their hand and talk to them.

You will help your child and an adult with their fear of the dentist when you follow these three ways. It will help them walk into the dentist fearless about what will happen during their checkup.