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Dental Anxiety in Children

Posted on 3/21/2022 by Evan
Dental Anxiety in ChildrenChildren dislike going to the dentist for fear of pain. The children fear even the equipment in the dental office. The child needs to know that the dentist is there to offer help. Our dental team will help you in knowing what to help your child relax during a dental procedure.

Lap to lap technique

The lap-to-lap technique helps your child to relax when at the dental office. The dentist will examine the dental health of your child as you hold the child on your lap. This will help the child since they will be safe that you are there with them during the procedure. The child will also need assurance that whatever the dentist is doing is not hurting but helping them this will give the child confidence and they will be happy to know that they are safe.

Ask the child to take deep breaths

If you have a child who is a bit older the ask the child to take deep breaths and this helps in reducing the anxiety. The breathing procedure is to be done when you realize that the child is feeling anxious about the dental procedure.


The dentist will use sedation to help your child relax during a dental procedure. The sedation can be conducted using either oral sedation, IV sedation, or even by use of nitrous oxide. This oral sedation can be administered in pills and having the kid swallow the pills and the dental procedure will not be painful. The nitrous oxide calms the nerves and will make the child so relaxed when using IV sedation this can make the child sleep during the dental procedure. Our dental team will ensure that they deal with your child's dental anxiety and make the process easy.
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