Say the word “dentist” and many go into fear mode. Kids and adults alike can be terrified of the dentist. However, as parents, it’s important to stay on top of health issues and make sure that the children are receiving the proper dental care at all times. Kids need to learn proper oral hygiene and parents can help with this by setting a good example of going to the dentist on a regular basis. Truthfully, there is nothing to fear.
Having said that, if you’re still afraid of the dentist, it’s time to get over your fears and help to ease your children into the dentist visit that needs to happen. Here are some tips and tricks to help you see how just a few changes can make things easier on everyone.
Consider A Sedation Dentist
For many, there is a fear of potential discomfort or pain. If this is you, you may benefit from a sedation dentist. If your children are in the same category as you, they too may benefit from a sedation dentist.
Sedation dentists are great at using a form of anesthesia that will help to reduce and control pain during dental procedures. Using sedation, they will work with you to choose the best level of sedation for your particular needs or those of your children. Options include full sedation where you’re asleep or partial sedation where you’re awake but feel no pain.
Choosing a sedation dentist may be all that it takes to get you over your fears and on your way to getting the proper dental care that you need. They’re reasonably priced and can make a huge difference in visiting the dentist.
Listen To Music
Music can be soothing and many patients find that listening to music is an ideal solution to the stress of going to the dentist. Just put in your headphones and you won’t hear the sounds of drilling or polishing your teeth. It’s amazing how easy this is to do and it works wonders.
You may feel strange putting your headphones in, but many dentists encourage it and it can really help to lower your fears and anxiety. It’s also a great distraction.
Choose a good set of headphones and make sure that it’s fine with your dentist before you put the headphones in. There are many headphones that fit right into a child’s ear so they’re not bulky or intrusive to young children. It can be very helpful for young children to listen to a story of music while they are at the dentist.
Talk To Your Dentist
Always let your dentist know of your fears. They can also help to ease them. When they know what you’re afraid of it will go far in helping you to cope with your fear.
Be sure that the dentist knows you’re anxious. This is a very common anxiety so they’ve heard it a lot. when they know you’re afraid they can take the proper steps to help reduce your anxiety and fears. When it comes to children, the dentist can help by suggesting forms of distraction that work to distract children from what is going on in their mouth and focus on having fun. Children that are distracted are far more likely to be cooperative and not mind going to the dentist. Never tell children if you are also afraid of the dentist. Dental care is important for overall health and the sooner children learn to deal with it the sooner you can take the proper steps for children to remain in good health. Proper dental care is important.