Our practice is committed to providing you and your family with safe, gentle, high-quality dental care. We understand that you or your child may feel anxious about visiting the dentist. We are sensitive to your needs, and it is our goal to make you feel comfortable visiting our practice while providing the best care possible.
How should you prepare your child for the first visit?
Your child should be told that he or she is going to the dentist. Rest assured that we try our best to make every visit enjoyable and playful. The less to-do about the visit the better.
Tell your son or daughter that “the doctor will count your teeth,” and that it will be fun. Some parents try to prepare their children by saying “you have to be brave” and “it won’t hurt.” Even if you don’t use such language, children are very adept at reading body language and tone, and will read between the lines.
Try not to project any anxiety onto your child. Keep the explanation simple, and if you are unsure of what the first visit will be like, tell the child that he or she will have fun counting teeth.
Your first visit is all about your child: his or her comfort, happiness, and health
During your child’s first visit, we will review the dental and medical history forms, and take X-rays of the little one’s teeth and mouth. Then Dr. Mona will meet with you and your child to discuss the X-rays, help create an individual treatment plan, and answer any questions you may have.
We will give you all the information you need to raise cavity-free kids. Every effort will be made to provide a polishing/cleaning and the appropriate preventive measures on your first visit so you can jump quickly into a healthy routine at our office.
Also, If there is any specific problem you are concerned about, we will address it. A plan will be designed so treatment can start and we can take care of any problems.
New environments can be intimidating for some children. During our first initial exam, our staff encourage parents to sit chair-side.
As your child grows in our patient-centered environment, we encourage you to allow them to demonstrate independence at subsequent visits. Be proud of your child’s ability to get in the dental chair on their own and take responsibility for their personal hygiene. They will be proud too!
During our initial exam, our staff encourages parents to sit chair-side. However, experience shows that children behave in much calmer and less stressful manner at the chair without their parents present in the operation room during restorative treatment or sedations. This allows the dental provider to do treatment more effectively and efficiently. Therefore, we ask all the parents to stay out of procedure room in the waiting area during restorative treatment or sedations.
REGULAR CHECKUPS ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF MAINTAINING A HEALTHY SMILE!
The American Dental Association recommends that children visit the dentist minimum every six months for regular checkups and routine teeth cleanings to keep their teeth and gums healthy. We understand your family has a busy schedule, so when you’re preparing for a dental visit, please remember that an appointment can last between 30 and 60 minutes.