Use Sensory Blocking to Make a Pediatric Dentist Appointment More Comfortable

When you have a kid that's scared to go to the dentist, things can become complicated, stressful, and overwhelming. It can make it impossible for you to ensure that your kid's teeth grow in healthy and stay that way. Here, you'll find a few tips that can help make things a little easier for your uneasy little one.

Sensory Blocking

Your kid's six senses will kick into high gear as soon as they begin to panic about going to the dentist. If you can silence at least some of his senses, he'll be able to get much more comfortable throughout the day.

Hearing – Invest in a pair of sound-canceling headphones. Not having to hear what is going on around the dentist's office will reduce anxiety greatly. Just think about the sound of the drill, does that make you comfortable? Silence those sounds.

Smell – Nothing smells quite like a dental office. To block the sense of smell, choose an essential oil scent that your child likes that provides a calming effect. Smear a drop underneath each nostril and all that your little one will smell from the time that you walk in until the time you leave is that calming oil.

Sight – Chances are, your child will not want to go through the dentist's office blind, but a little tunnel vision couldn't hurt. Use your phone or tablet to put a movie on for your little one—choose the one show that you can never pull his attention away from. When you combine a good show with the sound-canceling headphones, your little one will likely be in a world of his own.

Touch – Take your little one's favorite blanket with you. Cover him up in the chair so that he doesn't have to feel the splatters of water. This may give him a sense of comfort while in the chair.

Taste – Your child's dentist will have a variety of flavored products to choose from. Get a list of the choices your child will have to make and make those choices at home before the appointment. That way, your little one gets the flavors that he wants without having to come out of his comfort zone.

Talk with your dentist so he or she can work with you and your scared child to make everything as comfortable as possible for both of you. After all, this isn't only hard on your little one—it's hard on you too.