We might say this thinking that it will calm our children; nevertheless, the key words that will stand out in their minds are “needle” and “hurt”. This can draw attention to the negative aspects of the dental visit and create unnecessary anxiety.
Holding a child’s hand through a stressful procedure can definitely help. However, if the child is sitting well and showing no sign of angst, embracing their hand right before the injection will sometimes give the child a reason to be anxious. It is a non-verbal cue that something uncomfortable is going to happen. We are often surprised by the number of children who will take an injection and not even realize that they got one.
It is our goal to provide children with a positive experience at the dentist always. We encourage parents to be mindful of their own anxiety about the dentist, and to remain as neutral as possible heading into an upcoming appointment. Dr. Perusini and the team at Avenue Pediatric Dentistry are more than happy to discuss strategies to accomplish this task.