Are your children afraid of going to the dentist?
If you are looking for a children’s dentist in Algarve, it is important to understand that dental phobia or fear of going to the dentist affects a considerable number of people, especially children! It is indeed a problem recognized by the World Health Organization and several dental institutions as a disorder with negative consequences for physical health and quality of life for those who suffer.
Whether due to fear of the unknown or fears transmitted by other people (even by their parents, consciously or unconsciously), many children experience anxiety in these situations. Therefore, knowing how to treat a patient afraid of the dentist properly is a basic skill that every dentist should have.
In fact, having a good treatment with infant patients is a great opportunity to get them to become adults with good oral health and without fear of the dentist.
In this case (as indeed in all others, but especially when dealing with children), the important thing is to create a relaxed and pleasant environment in the office, as well as to explain, in a simple way, what the procedure consists of. Drawings or photographs can be a great help, making the child participate in our work and allowing him to get to know his own body better.
Laser in Pediatric Dentistry: Trauma-Free and Pain-Free Treatments
The use of laser in dental treatment for children who fear the dentist can bring several advantages. Some of these advantages include:
- Less pain and discomfort: Laser can be used to remove cavities and soft tissues from the mouth without causing significant pain or discomfort. This can be especially useful for children who are afraid of experiencing pain or discomfort during dental treatment.
- Reduced anxiety: Children who fear the dentist can become anxious and stressed before and during treatment. The use of laser can help reduce this anxiety as the treatment is less invasive and causes less pain and discomfort.
- Faster treatments: Laser can be used to remove cavities and soft tissues more quickly and precisely than traditional techniques. This means that the treatment can be completed more quickly, which can be an advantage for children who have difficulty sitting in the dentist’s chair for a long time.
- Less bleeding: Laser can help reduce bleeding during dental procedures, which can be helpful for children who are concerned about excessive bleeding or who fear needles.
- More precise treatments: Laser allows dentists to remove only the damaged or affected areas of the teeth or gums, leaving the healthy tissue intact. This can be an advantage for children who need treatment for specific areas of their teeth or gums.
Overall, the use of laser in pediatric dental treatment can help make the experience more comfortable, less painful, and less stressful, which can help reduce fear of the dentist and promote good oral health.
Why Choose Our Team of Children’s Dentists in Algarve?
The Tooth Fairy
Our team knows, like no one else, to receive parents with doubts and children on their first visit to the dentist. Are real tooth fairies 🙂
Staff are trained and trained to deal with children. Above all, they have the necessary sensitivity and a well-developed human side to deal with all situations.
The Friendly Space
Space is like a small universe adapted to the little ones, fun and relaxed, with animated characters so that, while playing, very important information about oral hygiene.
Of course, something as simple as having a pleasant conversation, in a relaxed tone, also contributes a lot to establish a good atmosphere in the office.
The Comfortable Environment
At Atelier do Sorriso, the environment helps to reduce the child’s anxiety. Everything is controlled in detail, as we know how certain odors, noises, or the simple sight of some equipment or instruments can trigger feelings of dislike or uneasiness.
In this sense, relaxing music, an environment with a pleasant aroma and attractive furniture can help to calm the patient and, in a way, abstract him from the environment that is usually associated with a clinic. A well-chosen painting or print can also be useful to achieve a more attractive environment.
The result – Quiet Child
Without a doubt, our work is easier and more productive when we get our patients to be calm and relaxed. Atelier do Sorriso has trained staff and all the conditions to make your child comfortable and relaxed.
Tips to help children overcome their fear of going to the dentist
Undergoing dental treatment can be a stressful and scary experience for children. Below are some tips to entertain the child and make dental treatment less traumatic:
- Read books about going to the dentist: Before the treatment, read children’s books about going to the dentist. This can help the child understand what to expect and feel more comfortable.
- Play dentist at home: Playing dentist at home can help the child become more familiar with the tools and procedures used during the treatment.
- Provide incentives after dental visits: Immediately after receiving dental treatment and leaving the dentist’s office, giving incentives such as a healthy snack, a small gift, or going somewhere the child really enjoys can be an effective way to encourage good behavior during treatments and help the child feel more comfortable and confident when visiting the dentist in the future.
At the Clinic:
- Use distractions: During the treatment, distract the child with toys, games, comic books, videos, or music. This can help the child feel more relaxed and less focused on the treatment.
- Talk to the child: Explain to the child, in a gentle and reassuring tone, what is happening during the treatment and how it can help maintain healthy teeth. Praise the child for their behavior during the treatment.
- Take frequent breaks: Take frequent breaks during the treatment so that the child can rest and calm down. This can help prevent the child from becoming too anxious or scared.
- Offer rewards: Offer rewards after the treatment to encourage good behavior during future treatments. It can be a sticker, a small memento, or something else that the child likes.
It is important to be kind and patient with the child during dental treatment and do everything possible to make the experience as comfortable as possible.
Schedule an appointment and come meet our team of Pediatric Dentists in the Algarve!
Call (+351) 915 550 999 ℹ️ or use the form below to schedule your appointment at our Atelier do Sorriso Almancil Clinic in the Algarve.