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 the initial examination. 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. However, if you choose, you are more than welcome to accompany 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.
We set aside our appointments to allow enough dedicated time for your child and family to receive the best care possible. We understand that emergencies or unforeseen illness arise, and kindly ask for 48 hours notice for cancellations. Families that arrive more than 20 minutes late to their scheduled appointment will be seen as the schedule allows.
We strive to keep 100% on time for every family. Occasionally, caring for children may involve additional time and attention to ensure a positive outcome which may cause slight delays. We appreciate your understanding.
As a courtesy to our families, our office will attempt to verify benefits and submit dental insurance claims on your behalf. Keep in mind dental insurance is a contract between your employer and the dental insurance company. Please be aware that our office does not set your benefits or dictate what is or should be covered. We make our recommendations solely on what we believe to be the best for your child. For more information, please read our Financial Policy forms.
We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!
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.
Personalized Coloring Book
Your child will love having their own personalized coloring book from the dentist, and 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.