Helping Children Overcome Their Fear of the Dentist

July 30, 2018

Video Transcript

Dr. Shaheda Govani, DDS: Many times, children are a little bit afraid to come to the dentist. Many children go and have a well-baby visit with their doctor or they’ve had shots recently and so a lot of times we get them and they’re already thinking “Oh no, they’re going to trick me like the doctor did and I’m going to get shots or blood drawn.” The hygienists are really good about giving the kids choices, getting to pick their favorite flavor of polishing paste or showing them all the cool instruments and tools. Another thing that I know Dr. Childs and myself both feel very strong and passionate about is never tricking a child and never surprising them. We want them to be in control. We want them to feel safe. We want them to know what’s coming next. It’s the most rewarding when a child can have internal confidence because they felt that they completed the treatment and it was fun and it felt safe.

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