Many people, both young and old, dread dental appointments because they always associate dental visits with pain. However, gone are the days when people had to undergo painful dental procedures without anesthesia.Advancements in technology have made most of these procedures painless and minimally invasive. So there really isn’t anything to fear anymore. If you have kids, this article provides some useful tips on how you can make your visit to the dentist less stressful.
- Choose a dentist that suits your needs
Take some time to do your research and find a dentist that suits you and your family. Seek recommendations from friends and family, or ask for a referral from your primary care doctor. You want a clinic that is child-friendly and that has friendly staff so that your kids do not dread dental visits. For your kids, it might be a good idea to choose a pediatric dentist as they are more adept at dealing with children. But if you can get a dentist who can handle both adults and children, the better for you. If you are unavailable on weekdays, you need to find a dentist open on Saturday.
- Carry all your dental records
This is especially important if you are visiting a new dentist. Gather all your insurance information, x-rays, test results, and any other important documentation and present them to your dentist. This will give your dentist some background information so that he can know what he is dealing with, especially if you or any of your kids have had serious dental problems in the past.
- Prepare your kids for the appointment
Let your kids know that you are going to see the dentist and what they should expect during the visit. For instance, if they are going to have their teeth cleaned, explain the procedure to them, and assure them that it will not be painful no matter how scary the equipment looks. This will help ease their anxiety and will help your appointment go smoothly without any trouble from your children.
- If you have any questions, write them down beforehand
This will ensure that you do not forget to ask about anything you wanted to know. You should also encourage your kids to prepare questions for the dentist in case they are curious about anything. By interacting with the dentist in this way, your kids will be able to form a good relationship with the dentist.
- Talk to your dentist beforehand
If you know you have a particularly troublesome child or a child who is sensitive to sounds or lights, it is important that you let your dentist know beforehand. This will help him/her prepare well for your appointment. You should also let the dentist know about any conditions or allergies that you or your children may have. For example, if you have a bleeding or clotting problem, it is important that your dentist is aware so that he does not put your life at risk. Let your dentist also know if you are pregnant as there are certain procedures that are not recommended for pregnant women. With such vital information, your dentist will know whether or not to use certain medications or perform certain procedures on you or your children.