A trip to the dentist can be a source of anxiety for children, but with the right preparation and approach, you can help ensure that your child has a smooth and positive dental visit. Here are some important instructions we recommend you follow for your child’s appointment here at Nelson & Page Dental P.C.:
- Be On Time
Punctuality is key to a stress-free dental visit. Arriving on time for your child’s appointment allows them to settle in comfortably and minimizes any unnecessary waiting, which can contribute to anxiety.
- Dress Comfortably
Choose comfortable clothing for both you and your child on the day of the appointment. Loose-fitting, relaxed attire can help your child feel at ease during the dental visit.
- Stay Positive
Maintain a positive and encouraging attitude before and during the appointment. Your child often takes cues from your emotions, so your optimism can go a long way in alleviating their concerns.
- Use Warm Language
Speak to your child in a reassuring and soothing manner when discussing the dental visit. Avoid using scary or negative words that might heighten their anxiety like “needle, hurt or drill”. Here is an example of the words we use in our office:
Needle or Shot = Sleepy juice
Drill = Whistle
Drill on tooth = Clean a tooth
Pull or yank a tooth = Wiggle your tooth out
Decay or cavity = Sugar bug
Examination = Count your teeth
Explorer = Toothpic
Rubber dam = Raincoat
Laughing gas = Magic air
- Accompany Your Child in the Treatment Room
We encourage parents to accompany their child into the treatment room. Your presence provides comfort and support, and it allows you to stay informed about the procedures being performed.
- Follow The Doctor’s Instructions
Listen carefully to the instructions and guidance from our dentists in Worland, Wyoming. Follow their recommendations for at-home oral care, treatment plans and any necessary follow-up appointments to maintain your child’s oral health.
By following these instructions, you can help create a positive and anxiety-free dental experience for your child. If you have any questions before your child’s visit with Dr. Jim Nelson, Dr. David Page, Dr. Brandon Galovich or Dr. Leslie Basse, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 307-347-2544.