For my son, getting on the elevator, has always been fun for him. He would run up to the elevator and say, “Can I push the buttons?”
He likes being the elevator operator when he gets inside. Anytime someone comes into the elevator, he’ll ask them, “Which floor?” Then push the number the person requested.
Recently, Finn has had a total change with elevators. We went into an older building and he said that he was scared of getting into the elevator. He was afraid that the elevator was going to get stuck.
I had to talk to him, for a good 5 minutes, to convince him that the elevator was not going to get stuck.
The whole way up, he was holding to my hand tightly. He was looking at the numbers to make sure they were changing. And on the way down he told me he was really nervous to go back down. He wanted to take the stairs instead.
When I asked him how he developed this fear of the elevator, he said he saw a family get stuck on the elevator on Youtube.
Many times, you can be afraid of something without having a personal bad experience. You may know a friend who had a bad experience or see something on tv and then develop a new fear.
This happens all the time with dental procedures.
A friend will tell you how bad their dental experience was, and all of a sudden, you will develop a fear of the dentist. Having a dental fear is very common.
For patients with dental fear, we offer Anxiety-Free Dentistry. We give the patient anxiety reducing pills and the patient is very relaxed. These patients will describe their appointment as the best dental appointment they’ve ever had.
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Emilio “Riding the Elevator” Couret