We invite and encourage you to stay with your child during his or her initial examination. Your support and presence will ease both of your minds!
During future appointments, we suggest you allow our staff to guide your child through the dental experience, as we’re usually able to connect a little more genuinely and closely with your child when you’re not present. We appreciate your help in gaining your child’s confidence and assisting them in overcoming any apprehension!
If you have your heart set on staying with your child in the treatment room, we’re of course happy to have you. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.
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 the child 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 your first visit
We recommend introducing your child to the idea of the dentist long before you come to your appointment. Tell your child in calm tones that the dentist will explain what’s going to happen and answer any questions your child can think of to ask. The less of a fuss you make about the visit, the better—it’ll help ease your child’s nerves. If he or she sees you feeling confident about the visit, that confidence will begin to spread.
Avoid scary words like “needle,” “shot,” “pull,” “drill,” or “hurt.” We have words we use instead that are less frightening but convey the same information! We’ll be happy to talk to you about these words at any time!
Before your visit
Please complete the New Patient Health History Form and bring it with you to your first visit.
For your convenience prior to visiting our office, please click below to print the New Patient Health History Form, complete the information and bring it with you to your first visit.