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If you are bringing a child to their first dental visit, it’s normal to feel some stress over the matter, especially if you have some dental anxiety of your own. Our team at Arel C Ondoy DMD can provide custom reassurance to help you create a positive experience that encourages your child to enjoy dental visits. Below are three general guidelines to follow to help your child feel calm and have an optimal dental visit:

First, choose the appointment carefully so that, if possible, your child is very well-rested and not visiting the dentist instead of having their usual nap time. If your child is older, you can plan appointments around their extracurricular activities to avoid making them feel sad about missing out on fun hobbies.

Second, it’s important to set a good example when it comes to behaving in a dental office to demonstrate to your child that they don’t need to worry. If you need to receive a professional teeth cleaning of your own, schedule your checkup right before your child’s so that they can see how you act in the dental chair.

Third, leave your personal anxiety at home so that you don’t pass on your fears about the dentist to your child, who may register any nervousness or anxiety that you are experiencing. Prior to visiting our office, we encouraging you to try calming exercises such as meditating or listening to soothing music to help you feel at ease when it’s time to see the dentist.

We are happy to serve as a resource and point of support when it’s time to bring your child to the dentist so that they have a positive dental checkup in Oak Forest, Illinois. We invite you to contact Dr. Arel Ondoy and our team at 708-535-0333 for more tips.