When you were in school and your instructor was teaching you a topic, did you learn by listening, reading, watching an experiment or hands on learning? Adults process information differently and a child isn’t any different. Some may want to have you read a book to them, others may be able to get all the information from a short video while another may require 2 or 3 styles of learning to reinforce the lesson.
Mark was a new patient who came into our office one day. He was a tall man who looked like he could break bricks with his bare hands. As I sat there talking with him his nerves had taken over and he was trembling from fright. He was terrified to be in a dental office. As we visited about using sedation as an alternative to help him get through his appointments, the relief showed on his face and he was ready to take back control over his dental health.
When you walk into a Baskin Robbins the amount of flavors can be overwhelming, but fortunately, they will let you have small samples to test it out. You don’t have to commit to the whole scoop before you know if you love it or not. That’s how a dentist office should be!
If you have ever been in a dental office you have seen someone struggling with anxiety. For some people it is anxiety but for others it can actually be a phobia. Sometimes the fear can be so overwhelming it becomes difficult to breathe and can be crippling.
As a parent it is so hard to watch your child struggle with anxiety but as a child it can be paralyzing and terrifying to go through. We all want what’s best for your child and of course we understand that if your child has dental anxiety they may not be their normal happy- go-lucky-self while they’re in the office. Just relax...there isn’t much we haven’t seen! Be as patient as you can because even if the fear seems silly to you, it is very real to them.