Making Dental Appointments Child Friendly

  • Making Dental Appointments Child Friendly

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    While there are some children who will be completely pleasant and receptive of dental care, this is not true for all. As a matter of fact, it is common for children to be afraid of dentists. Mostly irrational, their fears keep them from being cooperative patients, so that it becomes very difficult to help them. Some of them develop greater problems, so dentists have had to find ways to deal with this.

    While not exactly new, more and more dentists have come to put focus on the importance of comfort dentistry. In an effort to make things more favorable for patients, dentists make it  a point make their office child friendly in order to help alleviate fear of the dental visit and encourage engagement with children.

    To make a dental office child friendly, dentists add a special place in their office for television, colorful toys and books and some kids videos. This will be a place designated for children to hangout and settle in, before their appointments or while waiting for their companions to finish.

    To some, a child friendly dental office may not seem important but to those who have a better understanding, they know that such spaces will contribute so much:

    It helps to relax the child

    Fear of dentists and dental procedures can overcome a child and convince them against it. When a child is enveloped by fear and anxiety you can break away all the barriers by helping him feel relaxed. When there is a child friendly room, you give the child a place where he will feel comfortable in. It will be a space where the child will feel really safe, and he will be more in the mood to accept dental treatment.

    It helps to make the environment seem more positive

    Usually when the child thinks of the dentist and the dental clinic, he is immediately reminded of his fears. This makes the whole idea of going to the dentist a truly negative one. Mention the dentist and a child will automatically be clouded by negative thoughts in his mind but when you have a child friendly dental office, things will be so much different because he will relate dental visits to a day of fun. If the room is equipped with the right games, books and kids’ stuff, it will not be hard at all to take your child to the dentist.

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    It distracts the child of his fears

    Sometimes the availability of a child friendly space in the dental office will help to distract a child. It effectively redirects his attention away from whatever it is that is making him nervous. Instead of focussing on the awful and scary stuff, he is distracted away from it so there is a big chance for the fear to be forgotten and tucked away deep inside.

    It is a good venue for the child to meet other children

    In a child friendly dental 0ffice, it is most likely that your child is going to meet other children. This will give your child a playmate to play with and talk to while he is waiting for his turn at the chair. Playing with a companion will make the playing so much more fun. More so, the kids can build a relationship that will result in them looking forward to being in the dentist’s office because they know that there is a chance for them to meet their friend.

    Its deals with boredom

    When the child is brought to the dental office as a companion and not a patient, the child friendly space will be a perfect hangout place where the child can wait happily for your procedure to finish.

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