Your Dental Visit
To assist you and your child in striving toward life-long optimal oral health and dental education in a positive, compassionate, and fun environment!
Before the First Visit
Make time to visit with your child about their dental visit. Always be positive, even if you suffer anxiety about your own dental needs. Please refrain from discussing your own previous dental experiences if unpleasant or uncomfortable and don’t use the dental visit as a punishment or threat. Children are very perceptive and will follow your lead. Please do not tell your child(ren) that “there is nothing to be scared about” or “that it isn’t going to hurt” as this may never have occurred to him or her. It is essential for the success of the visit to refrain from the use of negative or descriptive words or words that provoke other images such as “drill”, “water shooter”, “yank” which may cause unnecessary apprehension or fear. Our compassionate and educated team will guide your child through the visit in a relaxing and age appropriate way. Expect your child to do better than you ever imagined because most likely they will!
At what age should my child first visit the dentist? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry along with the American Dental Association (ADA), recommend establishing a "Dental Home" for your child as early as 6 months of age, within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth, and not later than 1 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.
What will happen during my child’s first visit?
New patient Under 3 years of Age - The goal of this visit is to provide you with the knowledge and foundation to make decisions about your child’s current condition, as well as, assist you in helping him or her understand the importance and benefits of optimal health. At this visit, our highly trained team will discuss any concerns or other dental issues you may have for your child. In addition we will evaluate dietary and preventive habits and provide information about optimal oral health. While resting in your arms or lap, our doctors will perform an intra and extra-oral exam. Cleaning, flossing, and fluoride treatment may or may not be performed dependent upon your child’s dental development, dental condition, and how (s)he interacts with our team. Subsequent visits will continue to occur in this manner until we see that your child is ready for the “Big Kids” room.
New Patient 3 years of Age and Older - By the age of 3, most children are ready for a visit in the “Big Kids” area! We request that you let our friendly staff assist your child with their visit while you wait in our relaxing reception area. What we accomplish at this visit will be dependent on what information we receive from you, how your child interacts with our friendly team, and what we discover during our exam. Usually this visit includes taking any necessary radiographs (x-rays), removal of plaque and tartar, polishing with our “tickly” toothbrush or regular hand held toothbrush, flossing, application of fluoride, and age appropriate education about ways to improve your child’s oral hygiene. A thorough intra and extra-oral examination will be performed assessing the health of your child’s, gums, and bite by one of our doctors. Afterwards, we will discuss our findings and recommendations with you, as well as providing you with information about optimal oral hygiene and dietary considerations related to your child’s visit.
Post Op Care
- General Instructions after a Dental Visit: English Spanish
- Instructions after In-Office Oral Conscious Sedation: English Spanish
- Instructions after General Anesthesia: English Spanish
Our doctors and team may have recommended an oral conscious sedation to aid your child through the treatment on appointment day. Our doctors have received rigorous training in oral conscious sedation techniques through a two year residency program specifically in pediatric dentistry.
Want something fun to do? Print one or all of the below Activity Sheets to see if you can conquer the Dental Crossword Puzzle, find all of the Hidden Toothbrushes, Unscramble the Dental Words, or find the Hidden Dental Words. We know you can do it!