Gentle Dental of Thorndale
3307 East Lincoln Highway, Thorndale, PA 19372

Simple ways to help your kids overcome their fear of dentists


While most dentists’ offices aren’t the drab and scary places that they used to be, your kids may not be too keen about the idea of going in for a visit. Whether your child has had a cavity in the past or simply doesn’t feel comfortable at your dentist, this can be a major problem for his or her overall oral health and could linger throughout your child’s life if you don’t take action. The following tips could help you make the dentist’s office a much happier place for your child and can help you build a solid foundation moving forward.

Answer Your Child’s Questions
Honesty is the best policy when dealing with your child’s fear of the dentist’s office, so Parents magazine suggests sitting your son or daughter down to assuage any lingering fears that he or she may have. Keep a positive attitude about the visit, but be sure to leave out some major details that could cause your child to become a bit more fearful. However, you also need to be frank at times – for instance, don’t say that everything will be fine during your trip only to find out that your child will require a specific treatment and lose trust in you and your dentist.

Consider a pediatric dentist
Have you ever considered what role your dentist plays in your child’s fears? If your family’s dentist deals primarily with adults, he or she may not have the requisite experience to put your child’s mind at ease. Pediatric dentists specialize in making a dental check-up a more rewarding experience and have the type of tone and delivery that kids need to help them feel comfortable. Additionally, many pediatric dentists decorate their offices with bright colors, add play areas and other features that could help your child look forward to going to the dentist.

Stay With Your Child
Even with a top-notch dentist and plenty of prep beforehand, your child may still be a bit fussy when he or she gets into the examination chair. Because of this, it may be wise to ask your dentist if you can be there during your child’s check-up to hold his or her hand and provide a calming influence during the process, reports This is a great way to prevent your child’s anxiety and gradually, you won’t have to be there at all!

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My experience with Gentle Dental has always been 1st rate from all the employees I have dealt with which includes Katryna, Dr In, and the office mgr Hollie Cooper. I would recommend their office to […]
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Everyone is always so nice and I was nervous but it was great, dentist is always great.
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I feel very comfortable. The timed appointments are well scheduled and i also was seen without an appointment while my child was being seen. Thank you. I am very grateful for all the services.
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I am so happy with the work they did to give me my smile back. Dr. In, Hollie, Ruth and all of the staff are very helpful and wonderful to deal with. I would definitely recommend the Thorndale office […]
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I always have a pleasant experience and never have a problem getting an appointment
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Everyone from the receptionist Lindsay to Dr.In everyone is so fantastic and friendly.
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Staff friendly, competent. Very small wait time.
Jane C.
Lindsay at the front desk was so nice and welcoming. Nicole, hygienist made me comfortable and had a great attitude and was so friendly! Thank you!
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Been with this Dentist for as long as they been in practice. They are in the process of giving me my smile back, providing me with full upper and lower dentures. I would recommend them to ANYONE. […]
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Every one I talked to from the time I scheduled to when I was done my appointment was extreamly nice .
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I always have a great experience at Gentle Dental of Thorndale! Everyone is always courteous and kind. Dr. Andrew In always explains everything to you in a way that is easy for your to understand!
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