You can play a part in preparing your child for his or her first visit to our office. Informing your child of the visit as an exciting experience for both of you can ease any hesitations. As a parent try to act relaxed, since your child may sense any anxiety on your part. Explain to your child that the doctor will “count, brush, and maybe take pictures of their teeth”. We also ask that you assume the role of a silent observer. Cooperation and trust must be established directly between the doctor, staff, and your child and not through you. Your child may become confused if receiving instructions from multiple sources.
After the initial visit, we ask that you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. Our goal is to establish a relationship with your child and gain their confidence. Separation anxiety is not uncommon in children, so please try not to be concerned if your child exhibits this behavior. It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that may 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. Before any procedures are started, we show and explain to your child what we are going to do as to not surprise them. We anticipate age appropriate behavior. Studies and experience have shown that most children over the age of 3 react more positively when permitted to experience the dental visit on their own and in an environment designed for children.
- Please make sure any necessary paperwork is filled out prior to coming to our office.
- Bring your current insurance information to the appointment.
- Try not to schedule appointments at nap time.
- If you know your child is not feeling well or is running a fever, please call to reschedule.