FIRST VISIT

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If your child is under 3 years old

These appointments typically referred to as a “lap exams” where the child sits in a parent’s lap.  The dentist will perform an oral exam, count and brush teeth with a toothbrush and apply fluoride.  Dental cleanings become more extensive once patients are able to lie in the dental chair and are accepting of the motor toothbrush, air, water and suction.

Preparing for the first visit

How can you prepare your child for their initial pediatric dental visit? Children’s perceptions are different than adults as they often have a vivid imagination and an innocence that invites trust. Children cannot always relate to adult experiences through discussion and often do best when their dental experience is uncluttered from others opinions which can create anxiety. Children are extremely receptive and if you are anxious about their dental visit, it is likely that they will be too. Please be positive and avoid using words such as: drill, shot, needle, pull, hurt or other scary words. We use special kid friendly vocabulary in our office and we look forward to sharing that with you and your child.

Appointment Information

Please arrive 5 minutes prior to your child’s scheduled appointment time.   We will have you update any pertinent information including your address, phone number, any new medical/dental information we should have on file, and insurance.  It is important that you are on time for your child’s appointment so that we have adequate time to care for your child.  If you arrive more than 10 minutes late to your scheduled appointment you will be given the following two options:

  1. You may reschedule the appointment.
  2. If possible, a portion of the scheduled cleaning or treatment will be completed during the remaining appointment time.

We have a 24-hour cancellation policy.  If you do need to reschedule or cancel your child’s appointment, please contact us via phone 24 hours in advance so that we can offer your appointment time to another patient that may need timely care.