Going to the dentist

This sequence was created to help reduce anxiety for children visiting the dentist.

The pictures are drawn to help children understand what they might see and encounter when visiting a dentist. It includes the basic routine of going into the dentist, seeing the receptionist, waiting, going into the surgery, sitting in the chair and what may happen in the chair.

 It also has a picture of using gas or taking a tablet to help stay calm. I have include this as there was a few years there that I had to give Tom a low dose tablet about half an hour before going to the dentist so he was calm enough to actually go into the surgery without a meltdown.

I wish I had of used these pictures with my son before the fear set in. We have gone from being unable to cross the door threshold of the surgery to now, with looking at the pictures and building up trust with the dentist, being able to sit in the chair and open his mouth to be "checked over". I have to say he is still not able to tolerate the noise of the drill but the pictures have definitely lowered his anxiety and fear of what may happen and assured him that there are no unexpected actions or movements he is not aware of.

Jennine.

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