What to Expect at Your First Visit
Our staff is trained for working with children. We give each child individual attention and praise to create a friendly, fun environment. Many children love coming to our office for a chance to see our staff, “their friends,” and play games. Our office is equipped with several televisions throughout the treatment areas with child friendly movies playing. We also have toys and stuffed animals to make your child feel right at home.
As a parent, your role in the first visit is crucial. Children are very keen to our moods and feelings. They are able to sense when you are nervous for them or display any anxiety. You can help by using positive language around your child when speaking of the dentist. You can also role play with him or her and count their teeth at home. There are several children’s books and videos available to help familiarize them with what to expect at their first appointment. The first visit is exciting and can be lots of fun for everyone. Your positive outlook will assist them in creating a positive outlook for a lifetime of great dental care.
During future appointments, once the child is age appropriate, we respectfully request that parents remain in the reception room while we care for your child. We have learned that we can establish a direct and close relationship more quickly with your child when you remain in the reception area. Our goal is to gain your child’s confidence and help him or her to overcome any apprehension. At age three we begin cleaning your child’s teeth and placing fluoride. The fluoride treatment will help in cavity prevention. We will finish with the doctor counting your child’s teeth while giving them a thorough exam.