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.
You are always allowed to accompany your child for their first visit. Our goal is that it will be easy and informative for you and your child. Our doctors will provide a thorough exam and talk to you about how to prevent dental disease, the care of your child's teeth, and give you nutritional recommendations. They will complete a cavities risk assessment for your child and will address any issues of concern. So do bring all your questions!
Bring your smile, but also remember to bring these with you to your child's first appointment:
- Your completed patient information form
- Your insurance card
For treatment visits, we encourage you allow our staff to accompany your child. This will give us a chance to build rapport and trust with your child and allow your child the opportunity to gain confidence at the dental office. However, you are always welcome to accompany your child for any and all visits.
Our highly trained staff knows how to keep children happy. We pride ourselves in being extremely gentle, friendly and positive will all our children. We go slow, and apply the SHOW, TELL, DO METHOD. This makes even a shy child feel nurtured and comfortable.
Many parents want to know the best way to prepare their child for their first visit. Here's a case where saying less is actually more. Tell them they are going to have their teeth counted and it will be fun and easy.
Approach your first visit in a casual manner and it will be enjoyable and positive. We encourage parents to refrain from using frightening words like pull, hurt, drill or shots. Our doctors and staff stay consistent with a soft tone throughout the appointment and add fun, kid-friendly images like, Mr. Thirsty (the saliva ejector), Mr. Tooth Tickler (the polisher) and Mr. Whistler (the drill). Please do not share your anxiety about the visit with your child. An anxious parent can contribute to a child's own anxiety.
There are many educational books that may help a child prepare for his/her first visit to the dentist.
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 30 and 40 minutes.