Before bringing your child to us for the first time, please prepare them for this new experience. Discuss the positive aspects of dentistry with your child and convey good feelings about dental visits being a part of growing up.
Morning appointments for little ones will catch them when they are most refreshed and most accepting of new experiences. While you're preparing your child for their first visit, keep in mind that our staff must also be thoroughly prepared in order to provide the best possible care for your child. That's why we need you to be completely honest about your child's health situation, while providing us with ALL information related to their dental, medical, and social situation.
For toddlers, we begin the important first visit by introducing ourselves and the office environment. Usually an informal cavity-detection exam is performed. For children over two, a cleaning, examination and fluoride treatment is performed. Any necessary X-rays of the teeth and jaws will be taken also. After a completed exam, we will prepare a treatment plan, if needed, for your child's dental needs and answer any questions you or your child may have.
Please do not be upset if your child cries. Children are often afraid of anything new and strange, and crying is the normal reaction. Please allow us the oppurtinity to develop a relationship with your child. After the first visit, encourage his or her independence and allow us the privilege of bringing him or her to the examination area alone.
Occasionally we provide treatment alternatives for some patients. For extremely apprehensive children, conscious sedation may be utilized in our office. In cases of extensive treatment needs and special needs, treatment may be rendered under general anesthesia in the local hospitals.
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