Desensitization Specialist

Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry & Special Needs Dentists located in Flanders, NJ

If you have a child with severe anxiety or special needs, a trip to the dentist can be stressful and upsetting. At Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, the caring team regularly serves children who are nervous and need extra assistance, including those with autism and Down syndrome. Using desensitization techniques, the team can help your little one feel safe and relaxed. To request a pediatric dentistry desensitization consultation, call the Flanders, New Jersey, office or click the online booking tool today.

Desensitization Q & A

How can desensitization help my child not fear the dentist?

Studies indicate that approximately 16% of school-aged children have some type of fear or anxiety regarding dental treatment. So, if you’re little one falls into this category, know they aren’t alone. 

During dental desensitization, the team at Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics gradually exposes your child to the experience of dentistry in a fun and educational way. 

Instead of performing an oral exam or beginning a professional cleaning right away, desensitization allows your child to visit the office, sit in the dental chair, get used to the tools, and learn more about what visiting the dentist entails. 

Does dental desensitization occur in phases?

Yes. If your child is afraid of visiting the dentist, the team at Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics recommends participating in a series of desensitization appointments. Each visit typically lasts 10 minutes, which helps prevent your child from becoming antsy or overwhelmed. 

The first desensitization appointment is more or less a tour of the office. The team lets your child sit down in the dental chair and encourages them to ask questions. 

At the second desensitization appointment, the team goes a little further by introducing tools like a dental mirror and scaler to your child.

If your child is comfortable, they might even ask them to open their mouth so they can count their teeth. Subsequent appointments include additional steps until your child is comfortable with a full exam and cleaning. 

Is there anything I can do to encourage desensitization at home?

Yes. Dental anxiety and fear in children often occur due to observation of conversations or behaviors of their friends and family members. 

Although some children are naturally anxious, you can do a lot to ease fears by putting on a brave face and avoiding the use of negative words or scary stories. 

Before visiting the dentist for the first time, explain the importance of good oral hygiene. If you tell your child that the dentist is there to help them keep a shiny, white smile, they’re much less likely to panic. 

You might also want to consider framing the team at Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics as friends. Explaining that friend’s help, not hurt, can go a long way towards making the experience more enjoyable. 

If you want to slowly expose your child to dental treatment, desensitization can help. Make an appointment by calling Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics or click the booking tool today.