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 their appointments. As your child gets older, we may suggest you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience, in order to establish a closer rapport with your child and 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.
We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!
During the first or any subsequent visits, do not be alarmed if your child cries during their appointment. It is very common for children and adolescents to be anxious and fearful, especially in new unfamiliar situations. We will strive to make their dental visits enjoyable and provide the individualized care that each patient may need.