Attention Parents: Come on Back!
The dental experience can be challenging for many people - adults included! That's why at Palos Pediatric Dentistry we invite you to accompany your child throughout his visit at our office. We have found this to be one of the best ways to reduce your child's anxiety and to help you understand all of the procedures that we do. In order for your child to have the best possible dental experience, here are some of our recommendations:
Don't talk too much about the dental visit before the day of the appointment. We have found that many children become anxious if they have more time to think about what might happen. The fear of the unknown can get worse the longer your child has to think about it.
When you decide to tell your child that they are going to the dentist, do your best to re-phrase the reason into something child-friendly. While we don't openly lie to children, we certainly don't need to give them every minute detail about their visit, especially in adult terms. We use child-friendly words for everything that we do, so that we can explain dental procedures in ways that are easier to understand and are not scary.
We invite you into the treatment area with your child. We do ask, however, that you let our team direct most of the conversation. The most challenging scenario is when a parent has had a traumatic experience in the past. It is very difficult to hide your anxiety about the dentist, but remember that your kids are very good at reading your body language.
By staying calm and relaxed and letting our team help your child throughout their dental visit, your support in the operatory will be greatly appreciated by your child. It also gives us a great opportunity to discuss treatment options and prevention with you. We really appreciate having supportive parents come back with their children. It makes the dental experience better for all of us!