Our office, as well as the The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a "Dental Home" for your child by one year of age. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.
You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. If old enough, your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The less to-do concerning the visit, the better.
It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as "needle", "shot", "pull", "drill" or "hurt". The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.
The Dental Home is intended to provide a place other than the Emergency Room for parents.
Does My Child Go Back Alone?
Parents are welcome to accompany their child to the treatment area on the first initial visit. This gives you the opportunity to see our team in action. During future appointments, we suggest that you allow your child to come back with a staff member. This helps us to establish a closer rapport with your child and gain their confidence, which will help to overcome apprehension. However, if you choose to accompany your child to the treatment room, we ask that you assume the role of a “silent observer”. If more than one person is speaking at a time, your child may become confused. Our goal is to establish trust and cooperation between your child and our team. Studies and 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.
We encourage parents to relax in our reception room during the child’s visit. This helps us develop a one-on-one relationship of trust and cooperation with your child and allows us to have their undivided attention.
Appointments are scheduled depending on the treatment needed and the age of your child. We will work with you to schedule an appointment at an appropriate time for your child’s age and dental requirements. Small children are seen in the morning when they are at their freshest. Older children will be seen in the afternoon. We will not always be able to schedule appointments after school therefore we are always glad to give your child a school excuse.
The length of appointments is planned exclusively for your child and allows enough time to accomplish the planned treatment. These times are scheduled with the utmost consideration of your child and his/her special needs. It is very important that we are allowed to have the appropriate amount of time to spend with your child. If you are late for an appointment, this does not allow us the time we have reserved for your child and may delay the completion of treatment. This will possibly result in the need for another appointment.
We understand emergencies and that unforeseen things happen, and occasionally you will need to reschedule an appointment. We request that you give us a 24 hour notice for a cancellation of an appointment. This allows us to reschedule your appointment and let another patient have the time originally reserved for your child.
Your child will love getting this fun letter personalized for them from the Tooth Fairy. Not only is it fun, but it also helps educate them on the importance of proper oral health care and routine visits to the Tooth Fairy’s friend, the dentist.