Do you struggle with getting your children to go to the dentist? Do your children have a fear of dentist appointments?
A new study suggests that while both parents play a role in transmitting fear of the dentist to their children, it is specifically the father’s reaction to visiting the dentist that children are influenced by.
The study, conducted by scientists at the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid, confirmed findings from previous studies that claimed that the higher one family member’s fear of the dentist, the higher other family members’ dentist fears.
However, this study was the first of its kind to detail the role of both the father and the mother.
“…children seem to mainly pay attention to the emotional reactions of the fathers when deciding if situations at the dentist are potentially stressful”, states America Lara Sacido, one of the authors of the study.
So, it seems that the easiest way to quell a child’s dental fear is to start with the father’s attitude toward dentistry.
Fortunately for dentist-wary fathers, our staff at Brad Pitts Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is experienced and skilled at providing gentle and relaxing dental experiences.
For dads who may be especially nervous about seeing the dentist, Brad Pitts Family and Cosmetic Dentistry provides nitrous oxide to manage anxiety in the dental office.
Anxiety Management with Nitrous Gas in Lexington, SC
Nitrous Oxide is a safe and ideal sedation option. It is simply an odorless, flavorless gas that you breathe in. Many of our patients report relief of anxiety and pain and experience a pleasurable feeling immediately after breathing in this gas.
Dr. Brad Pitts is professionally trained to administer nitrous oxide. He is experienced in helping patients get over their fear of the dentist with this form of dental sedation.
So, before you transfer dentist fear to your children, come see Dr. Brad Pitts and experience the relaxation of laughing gas. Call us at (803) 808-1778 or visit us at Brad Pitts Family and Cosmetic Dentistry for more information on anxiety management with nitrous oxide.
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