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Calming Dental Anxiety When It Shows Up in Kids

Posted on 5/15/2018 by Lindsey A. Robinson DDS Office
Dental Anxiety Lindsey A. Robinson DDS Pediatric and Endodontic Dentistry CA 95945-7224When a kid hears that they are heading off to see the dentist, they can react in different ways. Many children will try to run and hide and avoid the trip at all costs.

They are letting their dental anxiety take over. A parent needs to know what to do when this happens and the best way to calm the child down, so they will come to our offices willingly.

What is Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety is more than just being a little afraid of going to the dentist. A child with dental anxiety experiences They can have real symptoms that include cardiac sensations, trembling, dizziness, sweating and sensations of numbness. They can almost paralyze the child in fear.

Some children experience dental anxiety about certain procedures while others have anxiety about anything to do with the dentist. The littlest thing can trigger the anxiety in the child. It is not something that easily passes or that a child can simply ""get over it'. It is something that a parent should prepare for to avoid problems when a child has to go to the dentist.""

Our Tips for Managing Anxiety

It is not always possible to eliminate the dental anxiety, but there are tricks to help manage it.

•  Provide Information - The more knowledge a child has about what will happen when they go to the dentist, the easier it is for them to absorb it and manage their anxiety.
•  Relaxation Techniques - Playing soft music, meditation and other relaxation tools are a good way to lower anxiety levels. A child can start these before they leave their home to see our dentists.
•  Familiarization - The more familiar a child is with our offices, our staff and the tools we use, the easier it is for them to handle what happens. A child can visit our office before they actually get to see the dentist to help familiarize themselves with our practice.
•  Rewards - There is nothing wrong with offering small rewards to help a child focus on something other than the trip to the office.

Over time, the dental anxiety a child has can lessen if they do not have any bad experiences at our office. Our staff knows how to help a child with their fears and give them the best experience possible. For more information or to see how our office can help with dental anxiety, please stop by or contact us.
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Pediatric Dentistry & Endodontics

453 South Auburn Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945-7224

Pediatric Dentistry: Lindsey A. Robinson, DDS

Endodontics Dentistry: Steve Murphy, DMD

Tel: (530) 272-5522
Fax: 530-272-6245

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