It is our sincere desire that our patients receive the best dental care available
and that the experience is a pleasant one for both you and your child. We
expect your child’s first visit to our office to be an experience they will
enjoy and look forward to in the future.
Our office, as well as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommends
that your child visit the dentist by his/her 1st birthday. You can make the first
visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Your child should be informed of
the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and
answer any questions. The less to-do concerning the visit, the better.
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". The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same
message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.
If your child is over the age of 3, we ask that you allow them to accompany our staff through the dental
experience. We are all 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. Studies and experience have shown that most children over the age of 3
react more positively when permitted to experience the dental visit on their own and in an environment
designed for children.