If my daughter cries every time we go to the pediatric dentist, how do I know if the dentist makes her uncomfortable, or if she is afraid of the dentist period? Should I switch dentists? – Thanks Sy
Sy – If your daughter is old enough to understand and respond, you can consider questioning her to ask what she does or does not like about going to the dentist’s office. You can also ask her what makes her cry or what makes her afraid at the dentist’s office.
If your daughter is too young to have this conversation, speak with the pediatric dentist about your concerns. Are you able to go into the treatment room with your daughter? Sometimes this makes children more comfortable.
You can consider having a consultation with another pediatric dentist and taking your daughter with you. Ask questions about what is done to help children relax during their appointments. If your daughter seems more comfortable with the new dentist, you can consider switching, or at least scheduling one appointment with the new dentist to see how your daughter reacts. Don’t be quick to switch dentists until it is clearer what is making your daughter uncomfortable.
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