Just like adults, some children are stricken with real fear when it is time to go to the dentist. In fact, the feelings of anxiety and fear tend to be magnified for a child who is unfamiliar with the sights, sounds, and feelings of the dental office. To some degree, this fear can be managed when the parent and the dental team work together to build the child’s trust and confidence. However, when the child is unable to cope with her anxiety, or when the planned dental procedure is expected to be particularly lengthy, it may be necessary to tap into additional resources.
Some parents may have apprehension about their children’s first visit to the dentist, but there’s no need for concern about the initial experience with a pediatric dentist. Your son or daughter should not experience any discomfort at that first appointment.