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Are you nervous about your child’s dental appointment because you’re worried it won’t go as well as you hope? If so, there is no need to stress. There are things you can do to increase the chances of you and your child having a successful dental appointment.

First, bring your child in to see Dr. John P. Poovey at the best time possible. Timing is everything, so please avoid bringing your child in for their appointment when they should be taking a nap. It’s also recommended to avoid bringing them into the office after naptime as well—but only if your child tends to be cranky when they wake up. For older children, try not to schedule the appointment right after school or extracurricular activities. Most of the time they won’t have enough energy to deal with a dental treatment.

Second, be an example for your child. Show your child how you should act at the dental office. If you need a professional teeth cleaning, have your appointment first. That way your child can see how you handle your treatment and you can show them that caring for your smile isn’t as scary as it might seem.

Third, try not to express any anxious nerves or feelings. Your child can most likely tell when you’re anxious or nervous, so it’s best to leave your anxiety at home. If you are relaxed and comfortable in the dental chair, your child will most likely feel that way when it’s time for their treatment. Also, if your child fails to cooperate, please keep your cool as best as possible. Yelling won’t help the situation and it could even make your child feel negatively about the dental office.

If you do these things, there is a good chance your child will have a positive and successful dental appointment in Grand Junction, Colorado. For more information, tips, and details, please remember that you can always call JP Dental and Implant Center at 970-243-2025. Our dental team is here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!