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2029 HWY 441 North

Okeechobee, FL 34972

How to Overcome Dental Fear

How to Overcome Dental Fear

Going to the dentist can be one of the most fearful and uncomfortable things imaginable to children of all ages. There are so many variables that go into creating a positive dental experience for kids which is why we at Everglades Pediatric Dentistry are here helping to overcome every possible dental fear for every one of our young patients.

Kids can find it hard to overcome their anxiety about going to the dentist. Whether founded or unfounded fear; they are truly terrified of any dental experience. Studies show that around 35 million people, even adults in the United States avoid going to the dentist solely due to their fear.

Usually, these children have a lower pain threshold which is a primary cause of dental anxiety, but it does not stop there. They may have experienced additional embarrassment due to previous negative dental experiences.

The downside is that without treatment, it is likely that symptoms of dental anxiety will only get worse for the child over time. If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, we are here to help. That is the reason why we have created our practice to be a family fun, friendly and inviting place for all children. At Everglades Pediatric Dentistry we want you to feel like family, because you are.

There are a variety of ways to ensure that your child has the most positive dental experience. Above all we stress professionalism in everything that we do to maximize the quality of every appointment. Furthermore, we recommend that you prepare your child ahead of any visit they have with us.

One way to do this is by placing your fingers in your child’s mouth while they brush their teeth. Although this may seem awkward at first; it will make the child much more comfortable with the actions occurring in a routine dental visit therefore allowing a less uncomfortable experience when our team exams your child’s teeth.

Another way to build your child’s confidence about going to the dentist is to provide them with positive facts about quality dental health. Make sure to instill in them the value of a healthy and beautiful smile not only for the way others see them, but ultimately for their overall health. Dental health has a direct effect on adult as well as pediatric wellbeing.

Do not use negativity but gently remind your children and make them aware of the negative consequences of having poor dental health. Let them know how it will impact their overall health, along with its impact on their relationships, self-esteem and personal confidence.

At Everglades Pediatric Dentistry we specialize in dealing with all kinds patients, with phobias, and anxieties. That is why we have focused on creating a family fun and friendly environment in every effort to take the child’s mind off what may be troubling them in the first place about visiting the dentist.

Simple distractions like playing music during a procedure or our Kids Zone in the waiting room has proven to make all the difference in guaranteeing that our patients remain calm happy and satisfied with their experience. Visit Everglades Pediatric Dentistry today for a fear free dental visit!

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