We welcome parents to accompany their children during their exams!
Our office, as well as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommends that your child visit the dentist by his or her first birthday. You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Your son or daughter should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and our staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The less to-do concerning the visit, the better.
Please discuss the positive aspects of dentistry with your child. One way to convey good feelings to your little one about dental visits is to remind the youngster that going to the dentist is a sign that he or she is “growing up.” Using appropriate phrases is the key to a successful appointment.
For example, please do not tell your child that the “dentist will not hurt,” because that may never have entered his or her mind. Also, do not use words like “needle, shot, pull, drill,” or any other words that suggest unpleasantness. Even adults can get anxious when such words are used!
Our highly specialized staff makes a practice of using words that convey the same message but are pleasant and non-frightening to children. They will be able to explain to the child what to expect during each step of the appointment, in terms he or she can understand in an environment designed especially for young ones.
Children Under Age Three
For children under age 3, we will generally bring you and your child back to our consultation room so that we may discuss your child’s dietary and oral hygiene habits, health and dental history. We like to keep these appointments fairly simple to allow your child to become familiar with a dental environment. We will perform a “lap exam”, where your child will sit or lay in your lap so that we may “count” the teeth together and examine the oral cavity.
Children Three and Older
If your child is 3 or older, we ask that you allow one of our friendly, highly specialized staff to accompany your son or daughter through the dental visit. Our doctors strongly believe that this allows them and our staff to focus on building a relationship with your child and making the appointment specifically about your little one.
Our goal is to win the confidence of your child, which can be accomplished when our undivided attention is on the patient. After the appointment, we will review the findings with you and encourage candid discussion of any treatment needs, any questions you may have, etc., in our consultation room while your son or daughter is playing comfortably in our game room!