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Dental Fear – Are You Passing It Along to Your Kids?

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April has been designated National Anxiety Month, and kids everywhere are celebrating by dreading their dental appointments. If you’re a parent of a small child, you probably empathize with your child’s dental fear. According to a recent study by Delta Dental, parents who have a dental phobia may be unintentionally passing their fear along to their kids. Half the parents polled reported feeling anxious before a dental appointment, and nearly the same number of children experienced the same dental fear. Fear of experiencing pain was the top reason for anxiety. Other concerns included the possibility of needing more dental work and not liking the dentist.

How to Ease Children’s Fear of Dentist

It can be difficult to deal with a child’s dental phobia, but parents and dental professionals can work together to ease kids’ dental fear. A key factor in preventing your child’s dental fear is managing your own anxiety. Being upfront and honest about the experience is important. Telling your child that it’s not going to hurt might seem like a good idea, but the possibility of pain may not have even entered your child’s mind until you mentioned it. Instead of making unrealistic promises, try focusing on more positive aspects of the visit. If you’re worried about your child’s dental fear, discuss your concerns, so your dentist can do everything possible to make the experience positive. Some dentists prefer that parents remain with their children during visits, while others do not. Dentists can also help by making their offices child-friendly with bright decor, activities, and toys.

How to Manage Adult Fear of Dentist

Choose a dentist who is open, friendly, and willing to help you overcome your dental fear. You can ease dental fear by booking early morning appointments, listening to music during treatment, or taking a friend along for moral support. Be sure to have your dentist explain your treatments in detail, including how long it will take to recover and how much they will cost. Ask your dentist about conscious sedation if your dental phobia is keeping you from getting routine dental care.

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The Dental Center offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in South Bend. With 4 affiliated practices throughout Indiana, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At The Dental Center of South Bend, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at The Dental Center of South Bend.

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