Fear of the dentist

Fear of dentists or rather, fear of dental equipment and dental treatment is a major barrier to achieving quality dental care in both adults and children. There are two main reasons why a child may fear going to the dentist:

  • Anxiety: While some children are comfortable with new environments, others are fearful of unfamiliar situations such as a dental office.
  • Pain: A child whose first visit to a dentist was due to a toothache or mouth injury is more likely to be fearful.

A first visit to the dentist when the mouth is comfortable is more likely to produce a more pleasant and fun experience.

Get rid of your child’s fear of dentists

Children’s dentists focus on creating friendly environment where skilled staff put children at ease with their tone of voice, body language, facial expressions, and dialogue with each child.

The team at our pediatric dental office in Havertown is committed to easing fears and making children comfortable during dental treatment. Because every child is different, we use a wide range of approaches to complete their treatment:

  1. Take time to understand each child since every child is unique and will respond in an individual way.
  2. Establish communication directly with each child.
  3. Acknowledge effort, however small with positive reinforcement.
  4. Build trust with each child by being truthful and explaining treatment at a level they understand.

The goal is to provide the best dental care and a great experience. Over time, a series of positive experiences shape a child’s behavior and promote positive attitude toward dental health and dentists.



Eagle Crest Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Rose Wadenya - Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

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