Almost no one likes to go to the dentist, and the 'kids' less than anyone. From the fear of the 'prick' of anesthesia to the sounds of the strawberry, going to a review can become a source of anxiety for children, especially since the appointment is made and until they finally face the dreaded armchair. Dental clinics have been intruding with the passage of time ways to make this drink easier for children, first adapting the waiting rooms of the consultations to receive their smallest patients and feel at home, and then introducing new improvements in the treatment of children's teeth, as well as techniques that help children relax.
One of these novelties, perhaps the most surprising, are the so-called 'panic glasses,' virtual glasses with built-in headphones that are also worthwhile for adults, and that isolate patients from what happens around them while watching a movie, They listen to music or watch a series of cartoons. "Children usually choose cartoons, while in adult patients documentaries are more common," they explain from the dental clinic Ariño, where they have incorporated the use of 'panic glasses' to their pediatric dentistry service, "although in reality you can play any movie or music that the patient wants, if requested in advance. They are especially suitable for children because they do not listen to the turbine noise ".
Along with the glasses that allow you to isolate yourself from the dentist's 'trajín', dentistry consultations usually develop a complete plan that helps children lose their fear from the moment they enter through the door. "Now the doctors wear pajamas of drawings. A climate of confidence is created, first with the visit so that the child knows the doctor and the fears are taken away. And then with a painless anesthesia system"; Anesthesia is precisely one of the main fears that children usually present in pediatric dentistry consultations: "The first is the noise of the instruments we use, followed by the same anesthesia, and the instruments we introduce in the mouth," they explain.
What can we do from home?
Although today's dentistry consultations do their best to make the experience as positive for the 'kids', at home we can also help them reduce anxiety if they openly express the fear of going through the dentist. The main advice of the experts is to keep the visit calendar up to date, in order to be able to prevent (much simpler), rather than cure (if, for example, you have to perform an extraction or solve a decay). "The earlier we go to the review, the less treatments we will have to perform. The most important thing to take away fears is prevention." Some practical tips to make the experience easier:
1. Prevent children from taking any exciting products (for example, high in sugar), and lay them down early the day before the visit.
2. A tip for adults and children is to go to the appointment with plenty of time. Once in the waiting room, we can take advantage of that time to reassure the children, without hurry.
3. Establish a relationship of trust with the dentist, to take charge of the situation. Speaking, the tension is reduced, and the same goes for the little ones: it will be easier for them, for example, to 'survive' a filling if they know exactly what steps the dentist will follow to seal the decay.
4. Depending on the procedure to be performed, it is sometimes possible to resort to dental sedation. This technique is one of the most frequent in patients who present high anxiety related to the dentist's chair, and, as specified from this clinic, is particularly useful for children, pregnant women, and the elderly and disabled.