First Visit

What to do before the appointment

You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Talk about the visit
in a positive, matter-of-fact way, as you would any important new experience. Tell
your child that we will count his/her teeth and show both of you how to effectively
clean the teeth. 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”. We
thoroughly explain each of our procedures to children in terms they can understand
before we perform them. If you approach the visit in a casual manner, the chances
are much better that your child will do the same.

How are appointments scheduled?

The office attempts to schedule appointments at your convenience and when time is
available. Preschool children should be seen in the morning because they are fresher
and we can work more slowly with them for their comfort. School children with a lot of
work to be done should be seen in the morning for the same reason. Dental
appointments are an excused absence. Missing school can be kept to a minimum when
regular dental care is continued.

Since appointed times are reserved exclusively for each patient we ask that you please
notify our office 24 hours in advance of your scheduled appointment time if you are
unable to keep your appointment. Another patient, who needs our care, could be
scheduled if we have sufficient time to notify them. We realize that unexpected things
can happen, but we ask for your assistance in this regard.

What to expect at the appointment

To make the most of your time, our required forms are found on our website for
download and preparation in advance of the visit. Alternatively, you can arrive 15
minutes in advance of your appointment time to complete all insurance and health
information forms. We encourage the presence and participation of parents during
the entirety of this visit. At the beginning of the visit, the staff will want to know any
and all of your specific concerns and will review the health history form with you. Your
child will be introduced to our pediatric dental team, allowed time to see the office,
and become comfortable before the examination.

Our goal for young children is to make dental visits quick and easy. Depending on
need, diagnostic x-rays may be taken to determine your child’s present dental
condition and then Dr. A will provide a thorough examination and talk with you
about any issues of concern. If no treatment is needed and your child is of the
appropriate age, the teeth will be cleaned and a professional fluoride solution will
be applied. If needed, additional services will be scheduled for a later visit.

Do I stay with my child during their visits?

We invite you to stay with your child during the initial appointment. However, during
future appointments, we suggest you allow your child to accompany our staff through
the dental experience while you relax in the reception room. We can usually establish a
closer rapport with your child when you are not present. However, if you choose, you
are more than welcome to accompany your child to the treatment room. Since for many
children, the voice of a parent will always be the one they pick out to hear, if you chose
to stay in the room, we ask for your help by being a quiet observer and allowing your
child to focus their attention on Dr. A and his staff.