Should You Stay in the Waiting Room While Your Child Visits the Dentist?

Pediatric Dentistry for Avon, Connecticut

Visiting the dentist can be a frightening experience for some children. In other cases, children have no preconceived ideas about what a trip to the dentist’s office will be like but become anxious or frightened when they see that their parents are nervous. Parents want to put their children at ease, but in some cases it may be better for a parent not to stay with a child during a visit to the dentist.

When a Parent Should Stay with a Child

When an infant or a young child visits the dentist for the first time, it may be a good idea to have a parent in the exam room. A young child may feel safer if he or she sits in the exam chair with a parent. A child with special needs may also feel more comfortable at the initial visit if a parent is present. However, studies have found that children 3 years and older often respond better and have less anxiety when their parents are not present during a dental exam and treatment.

Pediatric Dentists Understand Children’s Emotional Needs

A pediatric dentist has several years of training specifically related to the physical and emotional needs of children. He or she has experience dealing with children of many ages and backgrounds and has been trained to address fear, anxiety, temper tantrums, and other behaviors that may arise. A pediatric dentist knows how to put a child at ease and make the experience of receiving dental treatment as pleasant and stress-free as possible.

Schedule an Appointment for Your Child at CT Pediatric Dentistry

All children should visit a pediatric dentist by the age of 1. If your child is due for an exam, schedule an appointment at CT Pediatric Dentistry. Our team of pediatric dentists are specially trained to recognize and respond to the specific needs of children of all ages, including those with special needs. We can discuss any concerns you have and whether it would be better for you to come into the exam room with your child or stay in the waiting room during the appointment. We can answer any questions you or your child have to put you both at ease so your child can receive any necessary treatment and have a positive experience. Contact CT Pediatric Dentistry today to schedule an appointment for your child.

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15 Dec 2018 12:55 PM