Is Your Child Afraid of the Dentist?

Dental anxiety is common in both adults and children. Our experts in pediatric dentistry have seen it all. For your peace of mind, we share our time-tested approach to help children rise above their dental anxiety.

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TAKING FEAR OUT OF
THE EQUATION

Facing fears is scary no matter how big you are. Our dentistry for kids in Kent and Maple Valley includes different approaches for children of all ages:

  • Step-by-step progressive approach

  • Children’s favorite entertainment

  • Safe general anesthesia for children

By making them feel safe and in control, we empower your children to live a life full of healthy smiles.

Meet your Maple Valley and Kent pediatric dentist Dr. Nick Raklios.

Facing fears is scary no matter how big you are. Our dentistry for kids in Kent and Maple Valley includes different approaches for children of all ages:

  • Step-by-step progressive approach

  • Children’s favorite entertainment

  • Safe general anesthesia for children

By making them feel safe and in control, we empower your children to live a life full of healthy smiles.

J.M., Patient's Mom:

“My kid would never let any dentist touch his mouth before. I am SO thankful I chose to see Dr. Nick! Jimmy has been so good about brushing his teeth and flossing – without me telling him to do so!”

HOW CHILDREN LET GO OF DENTAL ANXIETY

Our ultimate goal is for your bundles-of-joy to see dentistry as an ordinary play-date. See how we create a controlled environment where your children are safe to let go of fear or dental anxiety.

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Who is more afraid?

Children are like sponges and can adopt their parents’ anxiety or fear of the dentist.

Our experts are moms and dads just like you. We want your kiddos to be eager about caring for their bright smile so they will have a beautiful, confident grin as adults.

We are equipped with extensive pediatric training to make sure our verbal cues, body language, Netflix movies, and laid-back attire inspire trust, positive anticipation, and lots of laughter.

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Talk about it.

We recognize nobody likes their fears to be criticized, minimized, or cast aside.

We advance at your child’s pace, focusing on building trust and positive reinforcement with every move.

Before reclining that chair, we drop down to their level and have a heart-to-heart with your kiddos to build a relationship that will keep them smiling healthy throughout the formative years ahead.

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Shape their expectations.

In laughter and play, we help your children let go of negative concepts by switching focus to the benefits of dentistry instead of the “scary parts.”

Speaking positively about their smiles whenever we see them smile or laugh builds awareness and confidence for them to rise above the fear.

We reshape the way parents and children think of the dentist by avoiding trigger words like “shot,” “needle,” or “injection.”

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Shape their environment.

Our experts will mold every appointment and treatment plan to craft a positive view of dentistry for your kids in Kent and Maple Valley. We will select the perfect movie, time of day, and keep the same faces working with your son or daughter.

For select cases, our specialists even provide general anesthesia to minimize pain and restructure the dental experience in their mind.

Let’s Take Care of Them Together

Your children, our dentists, and your parental guidance can serve as a safe environment where your kids can grow, express themselves, and shape their futures.

Give Your Child That Choice

Schedule their visit.