Reducing FeaR

At Healthy Smiles Kids Dentistry, we understand parents' concerns about the fears their children possess in regard to receiving dental care. Many tell us they fear going to the dentist themselves and want things to be different for their own children. We employ a variety of methods to ensure that goal is realized.

The office environment a child enters into plays a big part in either contributing to or reducing anxiety. When children are at ease with their surroundings they tend to adopt a more relaxed attitude. Our office has been designed especially for children.

Communicating with children on their level is one of the most important ways to reduce their fears. All members of our staff are excellent communicators with children. They have a great deal of experience at it because it's what they do all day long. They constantly apply a technique known as "Tell – Show – Do." They tell the child what they are going to do in terms they can easily understand. Then they demonstrate it to them. Then they do it. The technique is as effective as it is simple, but it is frequently ignored because it takes a little extra time. Children can't be rushed and should be given the time they deserve.

If cavities develop and we have to provide dental treatment, there are several methods to help reduce your child's anxiety including: