What is dental anxiety?
Dental anxiety is the fear or stress surrounding visiting the dentist. Dental anxiety can be specific to particular procedures or tools like a drill or needles. Still, some children can experience anxiety about even thinking about the dentist.
Unfortunately, dental anxiety as children can lead to avoiding cleanings and checkup appointments as adults, leading to oral care issues to need extensive treatment later. Avoidance often compounds the stress. Now, they have to cope with aspects of visiting the dentist that cause the most fear, like local anesthetic or tooth extraction, continuing the cycle.
This is why dealing with dental anxiety as children will help them in the future. Parents should ensure that children won't avoid going to the dentist as adults by helping their kids develop coping mechanisms or getting rid of dental anxiety altogether.