Help! My child is scared of the dentist!
As a parent, there’s nothing worse than seeing your child distressed – and a difficult dental visit can be as traumatising for you as for your little one. At Happy Kids Dental, we are passionate about making fear of the dentist a thing of the past, and our team is specially trained to help with dental anxiety in children. If your child is scared of the dentist, let us help get them on the right path to a lifelong healthy smile: from play-based activities to dental sedation, we will work with you and your child to find the best proven solution for your family’s needs. Here’s a round-up of what you can do if your child has dental anxiety.
Find the right dentist
OK, so we’re biased – but with good reason, because Happy Kids Dental is one of very few paediatric dentists in the UK. Our specialised, children-only practice means we can offer a level of experience, technology, space and time for your child that you wouldn’t find at a regular dentist.
Take it slowly
We’d never plonk your child in the dental chair and start whizzing a drill on their first visit. In fact, we may recommend a number of visits, during which they can simply chat, play and establish a relationship with our team, before we schedule the gentlest possible treatment. With our amazing play areas and bright surgeries that don’t feel at all clinical, we’ll put children at ease from day one.
Watch your language
We’re trained to talk to children openly and honestly, using language on their level, so they won’t experience any nasty surprises with us. At home, never pass on your own fears about dentistry or use dental visits as a threat to encourage better brushing. Dental visits really are something to look forward to at Happy Kids Dental.
Dental technology makes treatment faster and more comfortable than ever before. Happy Kids Dental has invested in the latest equipment, including a dental microscope (which improves diagnosis and prevention), and The Wand, a computerised local anaesthetic system that does away with large dental needles.
Send for sedation
Dental sedation is the umbrella term for a number of anxiety-reducing methods. One technique we use is inhalation sedation, or laughing gas; breathed through a mask, it creates feelings of contentment, relaxation and sleepiness – all of which wear off as soon as the mask is removed. For more complex treatments, IV sedation bridges the gap between local and general anaesthetic. Your child won’t be unconscious, but they will feel no pain and believe they slept through their treatment.