Along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend that a child's first dental visit be scheduled by his/her 1st birthday. It is very important to make the first visit as positive and enjoyable for the child as possible. We want your child to enjoy getting to know our doctors and staff and be comfortable at all times. A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease during future dental visits.
Our team uses pleasant and non-threatening words that children can understand and readily accept. We avoid uing words with negative connotations and would appreciate your cooperation in making your child's visit positive. We ask you to please refrain from using words that may invoke unnecessary fear such as "pain," "hurt," "shot," "needle," "drill," and "pull."
Can I stay with my child during the visit?
Our goal is to gain your child's confidence, overcome apprehension, and encourage independence in the dental setting. We invite you to accompany your child during the initial visit. We will record the child's dental and medical history, complete a comprehensive examination, and discuss any findings with you. We will also review the importance of maintaining a good dental health program with you and your child to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile for life!
During future appointments, we suggest you allow your child to follow our team through the dental experience. We are all highly experienced in helping children overcome anxiety, and we can usually establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present. Studies have shown that most children over the age of 3 react more postively when permitted to experience the dental visit on their own and in an environment designed for children.