Before the first visit
Please complete the medical history before coming to the office, so that we can get you and your child started as quickly as possible to prevent any anxiety of waiting. Limit your discussions about what might go on during the visit. Convey good feelings about dental visits. Expect your child to react well and enjoy the first visit to our office and chances are he/she will do exactly that! Here is some additional advice:
On the day of the visit, say only that “we are going to see the dentist and she is going to count your teeth and clean them”. If other questions arise, tell your child you do not have the answers, but to ask us. This way, inadvertent comments that may provoke fear or anxiety in your child may be avoided. Please tell us about your child before your appointment, including any special needs or medical issues, as well as, likes and dislikes.
Don’t make any promises about what the dentist “will” or “will not” do. Don’t encourage you child to hear stories, good or bad, about experiences others have had with their dentist. What might be a “good” story to one child may build anxiety or fear for another. Don’t communicate your own fears to your child. Don’t use bribery or threats to encourage good behavior. Don’t use negative words such as “hurt”, “shot”, “pull”, “drill”, or “cavity” in front of your child. Don’t threaten your child with the work that we may or may not have to do for any reason.