Our practice is committed to providing you and your family with safe, gentle, high-quality dental care. We understand that your child may feel anxious about visiting the dentist. We are sensitive to children’s needs and it is our goal to make your child feel comfortable visiting our practice while providing the best care possible.
Your first visit is all about your child — his or her comfort, happiness, and health.
During your child’s first visit, we will review their dental and medical history forms, take X-rays of their teeth and mouth, perform a full cleaning and exam, checking for any cavities or early signs of tooth decay or gingivitis. The doctor will then meet with you to discuss your child’s appointment, help create an individual treatment plan, and answer any questions that you may have.
We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!!
If your child is over the age of 3, we ask that you allow them to accompany our staff through the dental experience while you enjoy some “me” time in our waiting room. Our staff is highly experienced in helping children overcome anxiety. Separation anxiety is not uncommon in children, so please try not to be concerned if your child exhibits some negative or fearful behavior. This is normal and will soon diminish. Studies and over 40 years of experience have shown that most children over the age of 3 react more positively when permitted to experience the dental visit on their own and in an environment designed for children.
Bring your smile, but also remember to bring these with you to your child’s first appointment:
- Your photo ID
- Your insurance card
Regular checkups are an important part of maintaining a healthy smile!
Our offices, as well as The American Dental Association and The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommend establishing a “Dental Home” for your child by at least one year of age and to continue visiting every six months for regular checkups and routine teeth cleanings to keep their teeth and gums healthy. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate prventive and routine oral health care.
We understand that your family has a busy schedule, so when you’re preparing for a dental visit, please remember that an appointment can last between 20 and 40 minutes.