Your child’s first filling doesn’t have to be a scary and nerve-wracking experience for your child (and you). There are a few things you can do to better prepare your kids for their first filling. So, if your child has a cavity that needs to be filled, follow these steps for a smooth dental experience.
Do A Little Role Play Before
Fear comes from the unknown. And considering your child has likely never heard of the word “cavity” before, the whole experience can be rather scary for them. Fortunately, you can eliminate some of their anxieties by answering all of their questions in advance so they can know what to expect. Role-playing can also help. By pretending to be a dentist and having a little fun, you can help imbed positive thoughts and feelings into your child that will ease their worries instead of fueling them.
Stay Calm and Positive
Speaking of fueling worries, kids absorb their parents’ emotions like a sponge. If you’re afraid or anxious, your kid will be too. To keep your child calm and positive you need to conceal those emotions – even if you have to fake it.
Being present is highly important. Your child will feel a lot more comfortable if you’re in the room or waiting area. Plus, giving your child undivided attention can make a big difference for the dentist. But just remember to check with the dentist about whether or not you are permitted in the room. If not, avoid being overbearing as it will only make your child uneasy. Instead, let them know you’ll just be around the corner watching – they’ll feel a lot safer.
Offer A Prize
If your child is putting up a bit of a fight, try offering a prize for their bravery. This can create feelings of excitement and anticipation as opposed to fear and worry. A toy is a small price to pay for a smooth and positive experience.
Discuss Your Options
It’s hard to tell how your child will react when they get to the dental office, so it’s wise to talk to your dentist about all your options. Oral sedatives and laughing gas can be used to help relax your child and reduce any signs of pain. It will depend on your child’s temperament and age, so it’s best to talk to a dentist before to develop a plan that’s right for your little one.
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