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.
We invite you to stay with your child during their initial visit and routine cleanings until they are comfortable. During future appointments, we suggest you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. We can usually establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present. Our purpose is to gain your child's confidence and overcome apprehension.
During operative appointments, we will require one-on-one treatment time with your child in order to gain their trust and allow them to understand who is in control of the appointment. We will never push your child past their level of comfort. It is our goal for our patients to never have a negative experience or become upset during an operative appointment. If it appears that your child will not be able to tolerate a procedure comfortably, we will simply terminate the procedure and move forward by discussing different treatment options designed to ease their anxiety. For the safety and privacy of all patients, all other children who are not being treated will be required to remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.
We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!