Dentophobia, or the fear of dental treatment, is very common, affecting up to 10% of people at some point in their lives. For some people, this fear can be debilitating, preventing them from getting the dental care they need to stay healthy. However, facing your fears and seeing a dentist regularly for optimal oral health is important.
- Some dental offices offer a therapy dog as a way to help calm their anxious patients!
- Before and during your appointment try relaxation techniques such as meditation or positive self-talk.
- Allow your child to bring a favourite toy, security blanket, or game to distract them from worrying.
“Give them lots of praise for being brave during and after their visit”