First Visit

We know how to make a positive experience for a lifetime

Our office, as well as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommends that your children visit the dentist by their first birthday. This visit is more geared to parental education on infant oral care, although a visual oral exam is frequently done to address any concerns or questions that you may have.  We believe it’s important to make the first and every visit after to the dentist enjoyable and positive. We recommend familiarizing your child with the dentist and their role in providing oral health.  It is also important to be honest and positive about the experience. Children are very aware of a parents negative comments or anxiety about visiting the dentist.  Questions are always  encouraged by parent as well as child .

We find that it’s always best to refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, like “needle,” “shot,” “pull,” “drill” or “hurt.” We make a point to use words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and not frightening to children. We ask that you allow us to take your child back and get them settled in this new environment. Once a child is settled and have established some rapport with your child then we are happy to take parents on a tour of the office.

We are highly experienced in helping children overcome anxiety. Separation anxiety is not uncommon in children, so please try not to be concerned if your child exhibits some negative behavior. This is normal and will soon diminish. We provide a tell,show, do approach to overcoming anxiety. Studies and experience have shown that most children over the age of three react more positively when permitted to experience the dental visit on their own and in an environment designed for children. Rest assured that we do not restrain children and care is provided in an open and transparent environment.