Changing dentists can be a real hassle, especially if you've been with the same one for years. It can be even more difficult for children who suffer from dental anxiety. If you're moving, and need to change dentists, you'll need to familiarize your child with a new dentist. If your child suffers from dental anxiety, here are some steps you can take to reduce the stress associated with visiting a new dentist.

Choose a Family Dentist

Anxiety can make it next-to-impossible for children to relax during their dental visits. Unfortunately, that can make proper dental care difficult, at best. If your child is anxious about going to a new dentist, be sure to choose a family dentist that's experienced with anxiety issues.

Schedule a Practice Run

Once you've chosen a family dentist for your child, don't start out with dental work. Schedule a practice run for your child so that they can meet the dentist and the staff. Beginning dental care with a practice run will ensure that your child is comfortable with their surroundings when you do schedule cleanings and other treatments. After you've taken your child for the practice appointment, schedule an appointment to have their teeth cleaned and sealed. This will give your child at least two appointments before any necessary dental work is performed.

Take Your Child to Your Appointment

Another good way to get your child used to a new dentist is to take them to one of your appointments – preferably one that won't require significant dental work. Schedule an appointment to have your teeth cleaned and bring your child with you. Allow them to remain in the operatory so that they can see the process. This will familiarize them with the sights and sounds of the various dental equipment that their new dentist will use. It will also allow them to see you in a relaxed setting having your dental work performed.

Consider Sedation

If your child is still not warming up to the new dentist, it might be time to consider sedation dentistry. There are a variety of sedation techniques that will help your child relax during treatment. Two types of sedation include nitrous oxide – laughing gas – or oral medication. Talk to your dentist about the option that will work best for your child.

Now that it's time to switch dentists, use the tips provided here to help your child overcome their anxiety. Be sure to talk to your dentist about other ways to treat dental anxiety..