Anxiety at the Dentist in Kids, Parents


Kids and Dentist AnxietyWhen your kids are anxious, you probably feel more stressed out from trying to calm them down. But did you know that your anxiety can also cause your kids to feel nervous?

The dentist is associated by most people — young and old — with pain and discomfort. It’s natural to have some lingering nervousness and dread related to the dentist. As a parent, you probably want to do what you can to make your child feel more at ease.

While you can pretend to be calm, your son or daughter can usually tell if you are worried. Finding ways to stay calm and collected will make you feel better and make your child feel better.

You can read the findings of a research study on anxiety in parents and kids in the article located at this link:

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Rhonda C February 18, 2013 at 9:52 pm

This is so true. I experience high anxiety when I have to go to the dentist, ever since I had a really bad experience with a dentist as a kid. I have my husband take the kids to the dentist because I know that my anxiety would rub off on them. I don’t want them to have to deal with the phobia I have.


Rich Presta February 19, 2013 at 7:59 pm

That’s a good idea to let your husband handle that until you can conquer your own phobia, I wish more parents had that much awareness of the effect they have on their kids!


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