Getting children to go to a dental appointment can be a challenge for many parents. A youngster’s resistance can center around several issues, such as a fear of potential pain, feeling intimidated by the dentist and the sight of scary-looking instruments. Taking a youngster with special needs to the dentist can be an even bigger challenge, but there are ways to smooth the path to the dental chair.
The professionals at the office of Buena Park Smile Dental are friendly and good-natured experts in the field of dentistry for people of all ages. Our experienced team is committed to providing gentle and skilled treatment.
Parents of kids with special needs have additional nuances to keep in mind when lining up healthcare appointments. If your child has an impairment—for example, Down syndrome, a neurological disorder, cerebral palsy, autism or a developmental disability—these suggestions can help.
Start at an early age. Most dentists advise taking a child to his first dental hygiene visit by the time he turns 1, and it’s especially important for a child with special needs. He (or she) can establish a positive relationship with the dentist at an early age, see dental visits as no big deal and get used to the dentist “poking around” in his mouth.
Prepare your youngster. Quell his anticipatory anxiety by explaining to him what to expect, tell him that going to the dentist is a normal part of life, and “practice” his visit by having him sit back in a recliner and open his mouth as wide as possible.
If your child is extraordinarily anxious, ask the dentist if you and your child could swing by so he can take a look at the office and some of the dental instruments. Even more importantly, have your child meet the dentist. Greet him/her warmly, which will assure your child that the dentist is no one to be afraid of.
The more your child knows about what to expect, the more comfortable he’ll be when it’s time to sit in the dental chair.
Buena Park Smile Dental is dedicated to providing the ultimate in skilled and considerate care. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us today for an appointment. We look forward to finding out how we can help you.
By Buena Park Smile Dental
February 27, 2023