We are especially happy to see children. We are beginning to see children as young as early as their first birthday. Typically, a child’s first visit to the dentist is recommended as early as age one to establish a dental home and for a short “look and see” with the doctor and to take any necessary x-rays. This will allow the child to become familiar with the dental office setting in an easy, short appointment. We realize that children’s attention spans are very short and therefore we schedule shorter appointments, followed by a second appointment for a cleaning with the dental hygienist.
If you are currently a patient of our practice and have a young child that you would like to bring in for their first dental visit, we ask that you bring them along with you to your next dental cleaning. That way the child has a way of seeing what is being done and can begin to become familiar with the office setting.
We realize that getting a filling can create anxiety for adults and children alike. For those who have never had a filling or have had a bad experience in the past, this can be especially true. We believe that, as their parent, you can help prepare your child for their filling appointment. Just a little positive reinforcement can go a long way toward putting your child at ease. While your child is in the office, we explain treatment in a way the child can understand. You have an excellent opportunity to help us! They will trust what you say, so be positive. “Washing away cavity creeps from a sick tooth” creates a lot less anxiety than words like “pain, shot, or drilling”. These words should never be used in explaining procedures. If your child is excessively nervous, we may choose to use in addition to anesthetic, Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) to help your child relax.
Parents often wish to accompany their child into the treatment room. Unless there are special circumstances (mental, physical disability) you will not be permitted to accompany your child into the treatment rooms. Please understand that this is in the best interest of your child. Our staff has all been trained in child dental care techniques. Both psychological research and our experience confirm that dental treatment can be given more safely and expediently if the only voice of authority comes from the treating dentist.
Your child’s safety is of utmost importance as well as providing a pleasant experience.