Any time we discover a new way to put a child’s mind at ease about seeing the dentist, we always pass it along to our patients. Children often are frightened at the dentist office because they are in a foreign place surrounded by strange sounds and people, and they are often unsure of what will happen to them.
Here at THE SCIENCE OF SMILES, we quickly calm a child’s fear of the dentist by quickly acclimating him or her to our office environment. We do this by appealing to their sense of wonder. Together, my staff and I shape childrens’ experiences into something that is understandable and comfortable.
In our office, this process begins in the reception area. We have made sure that our waiting area is warm, friendly, and calming – and that appeals to both children AND adults. Once our patients become comfortable in our reception area, it’s our goal to maintain that sense of familiarity and comfort as process flows into the exam room. After all, familiarity leads to lowered anxiety levels.
Next, we take time to establish trust by communicating with our young patients, making sure they know what is happening inside their mouths every step of the way. Children tend to feel safer when they receive a directive guide from the dentist. I also tell them that I will be letting them know what to do to be safe and feel good, and that if they listen they will have a great visit. Creating this open communication between dentist and child is vital.
Treating children is about making them feel nothing but good about themselves. It is rewarding to show children that they can have dental care and not be afraid. This is the first step in creating generations of adults who can go to the dentist without fear. Which in turn will promote happy, healthy smiles for years to come.