Helping Your Anxious Child At The Dentist – What You Can Do (And How We Help!)

Seeing the dentist is probably not your kid’s idea of a good time. But while some kids handle dental appointments without any issues, others may feel really nervous, scared, and uncomfortable before their visits at Water Valley Dental.

We’re here to tell you that’s okay, and to give you some ideas about how you can make their visit easier. Read on and learn more about what you can do to help with anxiety before a dentist's appointment, and see how the team at Water Valley Dental can make your child’s visit easier.

Our Tips For Your Anxious Child – How You Can Help

First and foremost, maintain a positive attitude. If you get frustrated or you feel anxious about your child’s dental visit, they’ll be able to tell, and this will negatively influence their attitude, too.

Tell your little one that the dentist is there to help. Don’t go into too much detail about their appointment, and don’t use words like “hurt,” “shot,” or “pain.” Your child may grab onto this negative language and start to feel a lot more nervous.

It’s also really helpful to praise your child after their dental visit, especially if they cried, felt bad, or were scared. Tell them they did a great job, and praise them for their bravery and good behavior. 

How We Help Anxious Kids At Water Valley Dental

Dr. Amy and Dr. Danny love seeing kids at our office, and we do everything we can to provide your little one with a pleasant stay. Here are just a few ways we can help your anxious kids feel comfortable. 

  • Comfortable office – Our office is outfitted with modern amenities and is well-lit, and we have a kid-friendly play area where your children can relax and enjoy themselves while waiting for our appointment, as well as a complimentary beverage station for you and your family.
  • Child-friendly team – Dr. Amy Banks is a board-certified pediatric dentist, and has learned a lot of techniques for controlling anxiety, making kids feel in control of their care, and ensuring a positive experience. And our whole team loves kids, so you and your family will feel welcome and at-home at our office in Windsor. We’ll always treat you and your little ones with the care and respect you deserve – that’s a promise!
  • Sedation available – Dr. Amy has lots of experience with sedation for kids. Laughing gas is a great option for kids who are a little bit nervous, and for kids who are very anxious or are undergoing multiple treatments at our office, we also offer deeper levels of sedation using oral conscious sedation. Get in touch with us to learn more about your options. 

Schedule A Consultation At Water Valley Dental Today! 

Our office is a child-friendly, judgment-free zone. If your little one needs dental care in Windsor but has dental anxiety, Water Valley Dental is the best choice. Contact us online or call us at (970) 460-8989 to schedule an appointment today.

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