Reducing Fear of Pediatric Dentistry in Gilbert, AZ
No fear dentistry at its best
Children often have anxiety when they experience something new. If they had a bad experience with a scary dentist or are very nervous, ABC Dentistry for Children offers gentle pediatric dentistry that helps them overcome their fears and realize that they can do it! We start reducing fear with “baby steps” until we have gained the trust of the child. The first thing our dentists for children do when a new patient comes to our office is get a sense of their comfort level. Most children get comfortable very quickly as we show them how we do things and when they see other children around them.
As pediatric dental specialists, we use proven pediatric dental techniques for reducing fear of dentists and dental care in children. These include; modeling, communicative management, nonverbal communication, tell-show-do, positive reinforcement, parental absence/presence, and distraction. The tell-show-do technique is where the dentists might name a dental instrument, show the instrument by using it to count your child’s fingers, then use the instrument in treatment. The modeling technique pairs a timid child in dental treatment with a cooperative child, sometimes a sibling. They quickly learn that what the other child is doing is easy! The most preferred pediatric dentistry technique is praise. Every child does something right during a dental visit and our Doctors let children know that.
Most children respond very well to these techniques. Some children may still be uncooperative after we have employed these techniques. If this occurs, we have other no fear dentistry options that allow us to complete the work at hand. These will be explained to the parent or guardian in greater detail should it become necessary to use them.
Is your child afraid of the dentist? Please talk to one of our kids’ dentists and they will be happy to answer any questions or address your concerns regarding reducing fear surrounding the dentist.
We appreciate you trusting us to work with your children. We will treat them as our own and care for them to the best of our expertise and training.
For more information on reducing dentist fear, call ABC Dentistry for Children in Gilbert – 480-558-1400, Mesa – 480-558-9713 or Queen Creek – 480-655-5333.