Our office – as well as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry – recommends that your child visits the dentist by his/her 1st birthday.
As a parent, you can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. 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”. Our office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.
For the first visit, we invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination. For future appointments, we recommend that you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. We will be able to establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present. Our purpose is to gain your child’s confidence and trust, and to overcome their apprehension. However, if you choose to, you may come with your child to the treatment room. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.
Before the first visit, be prepared to complete all insurance and health information forms that will allow us to begin your child’s dental treatment. You may get a head start on this process by downloading the new patient forms from this website to fill them out before you come.
We make the experience fun for your child…
The first visit at the dentist’s office is an adventure for young children. They will discover many things about their teeth and themselves. Some children will come in excited and some will feel apprehensive. By choosing a Pediatric Dentist, you are taking an important first step in creating a positive dental attitude for your child. With specialty training and a fun environment, we hope to give your child a good dental experience, starting at a very young age. We have books, toys, games and a dental office designed to put children at ease.
We work hard to alleviate parent’s apprehension as well…
To ensure that you have all the information you need, we promise to answer all your questions and speak candidly with you about your child’s symptoms, treatments and our recommendations. Working together, we can keep your child’s smile beautiful and healthy, with quality care that fits into your budget.
What to Expect
- A warm welcome from our friendly front office team
- Complimentary beverages in the reception area
- Games for your child to enjoy
- A comprehensive dental exam, including a full mouth examination of your child’s teeth and gums
- Necessary low radiation digital X-Rays
- A standard children’s dental cleaning and polishing (assuming that no Periodontal or major dental issues are present)
After the checkup is complete, the doctor will meet with you to discuss your child’s X-Rays and recommend a treatment plan to improve your child’s overall dental health. If additional treatment is required, you will be presented with a treatment plan and an estimate. We’ll schedule your child’s next appointment for preventive care before you leave.
What to Bring
For your first visit, please be sure to arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time and bring the following information with you:
- Your Dental insurance card (if you have Dental insurance).
- A list of current medications your child is taking including dosage.
A parent or guardian must accompany all patients under 18 years of age.
Please alert the office if your child has a medical condition that may be of concern prior to treatment.
Also please let us know if your child is on any medication OR requires medication prior to dental cleanings (i.e antibiotics)
We have several financial options for payment…
We are in-network with several PPO insurance plans, and are able to accept almost all forms of traditional insurance. In addition to filing insurance forms for you, we gladly accept MasterCard, Visa and Discover. We are also pleased to offer CareCredit® patient financing, which provides low interest financing on your dental expenses. Our staff will be happy to assist you with any questions you have.