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.
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.
We strive to make each and every visit to
our office a fun one!