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How Can I Help My Child’s Dental Anxiety?

August 26, 2021 1:16 am

Going to the dentist can feel intimidating and scary for some children. They can perceive the sights, sounds, and people of the dental office as threatening, especially since it’s different than their everyday routine. If your child has dental anxiety, respectfully listen to their concerns, offer them encouragement and support, and help them develop the skills to manage it.

At Brooks Pediatric Dentistry in San Antonio, TX, we strive to deliver gentle dental care and help our young patients manage their dental anxiety. Here are some of the ways we recommend parents can help their children feel more comfortable during their visits to the dentist!

  1. Stay By Their Side
  2. For some children, a parent staying in the room with them during their dental treatment can help them feel safer and more comfortable.

  3. Remind Them to Breathe
  4. Ask your child to take several slow, deep inhales and exhales before their treatment to help relieve their stress.

  5. Distract Their Mind
  6. In the waiting room, distract your child with their favorite toy, a stress ball, a beloved stuffed animal, a cozy blanket, or earbuds and music. To help put your child at ease, Brooks Pediatric Dentistry offers kid-friendly amenities, including a designated play area, TVs in our treatment rooms, and a treasure chest full of fun prizes!

  7. Consider Sedation Dentistry
  8. With sedation dentistry, we utilize safe medication to help your child feel relaxed during their dental treatment. We will work closely with you to choose a sedation option (nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, or general anesthesia) that suits your child’s needs and treatment type.

  9. Choose Brooks Pediatric Dentistry!
  10. Dentists who specialize in pediatric dentistry offer kid-friendly services and amenities to help each young patient feel comfortable and safe. Our team at Brooks Pediatric Dentistry all have extensive training and experience in helping young patients achieve positive dental health!

    If your child suffers from dental anxiety, we’d love to help them overcome their fear and learn to love going to the dentist! Additionally, we offer a range of payment options for families of all income types. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!


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