Begin by expressing genuine curiosity about the parent’s anxiety, inviting them to share their experiences at the dentist and any concerns about their child’s past experiences.

Ask directly how you can best support them through the upcoming appointment.

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Do not enter into details about previous experiences that are causing anxiety.

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Be curious when “previous Anxiety” is listed on the intake form

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Ask if they have any concerns about today’s appointment.

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By incorporating this one tool, alongside all of these strategies, you create an atmosphere of empathy, choice, and clear communication, contributing to a positive and supportive dental experience for both parents and their children

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