Many parents are familiar with this picture: it’s time to take your child to their appointment with the pediatric dentist and they throw a fit. We get it, dental implements can look scary, and the way they’re portrayed on the screen doesn’t always help. But you and your pediatric dentist know that’s about as far as it goes. Dental work is most often pain-free and simple, but how can you convince your child of that fact?
Dr. Stuart Scott has been the go-to pediatric dentist for many children in the Springfield area since 1993. Over these many years, he’s seen more than his fair share of children who are wary of what to expect from their dental visit. Here, we discuss some of the common fears we encounter and what can be done to help your child relax through their visit with their pediatric dentist.
Fear of New People
This one is often overlooked, but it’s important to remember that if your child is still pretty young, they may not be comfortable interacting with new people. Even if they’ve visited their pediatric dentist a few times already, they may not have met all of the reception staff or dental assistants. Helping your child feel comfortable in the space of the dental office is important, which is why our friendly staff do everything they can to let your child know that everything is okay. If it will help them feel better, ask if you can simply walk them through the building to say hello and become familiar with the place.
Fear of the Tools
This fear is very common. Children see the tools we use to clean their teeth and they don’t recognize how tough plaque really is. They think the tools look more like torture devices than cleaning aids. Before your visit with the pediatric dentist, it may be smart to explain, in simple terms, some basics of dental health. When your child sits down for their visit, they may want to see what the tools are. Dr. Stuart Scott has worked with innumerable children who have had these same worries, and he knows how to work with them carefully and gently to ensure that their experience doesn’t upset them. He’ll even get them to crack a smile!
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Fear of Sitting Still
Alongside the up-close interaction with unfamiliar faces and the scary-looking tools, children may be worried about being able to sit still through their appointment. This is totally reasonable, since not only may they be faced with uncomfortable new circumstances, but they may feel trapped. Dr. Stuart Scott knows how to talk with children at their level, making them feel comfortable and relaxed. Your child will leave our office with a new friend and a healthier smile.
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Dr. Stuart Scott—Your Pediatric Dentist
Choose a pediatric dentist who can make both you and your child feel cared for. Dr. Stuart Scott’s office is located at Parkcrest Dental in Springfield, just off of South Campbell near the Dunkin’ Donuts. Give us a call or stop by the building to learn more about our services.