What to Expect
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.
The Dental Home is intended to provide a place other than the Emergency Room for parents.
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.
We invite you to stay with your child during their initial examination. During future appointments, we suggest you allow your children who are 4 yrs and older to accompany our staff through the dental experience. We can usually establish a closer relationship with your child when you are not present. Our goal is to gain your child’s trust, build their confidence and overcome apprehension. However, you know your child much better than we do, and you are welcome to accompany them to the treatment room. We prefer whichever way makes the child feel the most comfortable. Some children will do better with a parent and some will not. We will allow you to make the decision about which is best for your child.
Personalized Coloring Book
Your child will love having their own personalized coloring book from the dentist to help them look forward to their first visit. They can use it for years to come or you can preserve it in their scrapbook or baby book. It is fun and easy to use, try it yourself by clicking on one of the coloring books below.
We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!
Please print these forms, complete them at your convenience, and bring them with you to your appointment.