How to Make a Stress-Free Trip to the Dentist for the Entire Family
Going to the dentist should be stress-free for everyone involved. For children, the idea of getting up into that chair and a stranger leaning over them causes extra anxiety.
While it is natural, you still want your child to have a positive takeaway experience and not feel forced into seeing their dentist twice a year. By making it fun, alleviating the stress, and preparing them for the dentist, you set your child up for a lifetime of positive health care experiences.
At Parkland Mall Dental Centre, we want to help your child overcome their fears of the dentist. Not only do we have some great jokes to share, but we will help you better understand dental anxiety and what you can do to prepare them for their upcoming visit.
5 Ways to Prepare Your Child for their Visit to Red Deer Dentists
Whether your child is coming in for their annual screening or they have a dental concern, you can make the process easier by trying the following:
- Tell them What to Expect: Sometimes anxiety stems from the unknown. Make sure your child understands why they are going to the dentist, what the dentist will do, and even the people they will meet while they are there. Discuss the dental chair, why it leans back, how the dentist needs to bend over them to investigate their mouth and even the funny glasses they wear. Discuss tastes they might experience, vibrations from tools against their gums, and noises too. Position all of these subjects as something that is normal and “not a big deal”.
- Do Not Use Pressure Points: Never describe procedures as painful or say that your child will get a shot. Even if they might get a shot, leave that discussion with your family dentist. Also, never use your child’s dentist as a threat for punishment – doing so only makes them more stressed about seeing the dentist.
- Use Relaxation Techniques: Teach your child how to breathe and relax. Have them sit in a quiet place before their appointment to gather their thoughts while using deep-breathing exercises. Also, try progressive muscle relaxation at home or even while waiting for their appointment at the dentist’s office.
- Bring them in Early: The earlier you expose your child to the dentist, the better. Ask your family dentist about what age they prefer to see your child. Also, if you have older siblings, bring along younger siblings so that they can watch and understand the process long before it is their turn.
- Bring a Toy or Distraction: Bringing their favourite toy or something that keeps their mind off the appointment helps too. They can play with it in the waiting room and depending on the procedure, might be able to hold it while in the chair. Ask your dentist about what toys they can use during the appointment ahead of time.
Add Fun to Dental Appointments with these 15 Dentist-Approved Jokes
- Why did the Oreo go to the dentist? … Because it lost its filling!
- At what time do most people go to the dentist? … At tooth-hurty (2:30).
- What does the dentist of the year get? … A little plaque!
- What did the dentist give to the high school marching band? … A TUBA toothpaste.
- Why did the computer go to the dentist? … Because it had Bluetooth
- What did the dentist see at the North Pole? … A molar bear
- What did the dentist say to the golfer? … “You have a hole in one.”
- Why did the king go to the dentist? … To get a new crown!
- Why did the deer need braces? … He had buck teeth.
- What was the dentist doing in Panama? … Looking for the Root Canal!
- Who has the most dangerous job in Transylvania? … Dracula’s dentist
- What did the werewolf eat after he’d had his teeth taken out? … The dentist
- What did the tooth say to the departing dentist? … Fill me in when you get back
- What did one tooth say to the other tooth?…Thar's gold in them fills!
- What did the judge say to the dentist?…Do you swear to pull the tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth?
- Why did the tree go to the dentist?…To get a root canal.
- What does a dentist do during an earthquake?…She braces herself!
- What is a dentist's favorite animal?…A molar bear!
Schedule a Stress-Free Appointment for Your Child with Red Deer Dentists
Help your child ease into seeing their dentist regularly by bringing them in for an appointment with the team at Parkland Mall Dental Centre. We offer family-friendly dental care.
To schedule an appointment at Parkland Mall Dental Centre, call 403-342-1118 or use our online contact form. We always welcome new dental patients.