Your First Visit!
How do I schedule an appointment?
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 them 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.
PLEASE NOTE: We require 24 hrs cancellation notice.
What do I do before the appointment?
You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Talk about the visit
in a positive, matter-of-fact way, as you would any important new experience. Tell
your child that we will count his/her teeth and show both of you how to effectively
clean the teeth. 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”. We
thoroughly explain each of our procedures to children in terms they can understand
before we perform them. If you approach the visit in a casual manner, the chances
are much better that your child will do the same.
What can I expect?
Our goal for young children is to make dental visits quick and easy. Depending on
need, diagnostic x-rays may be taken to determine your child’s present dental
condition and then Dr. A will provide a thorough examination and talk with you
about any issues of concern. If no treatment is needed and your child is of the
appropriate age, the teeth will be cleaned and a professional fluoride solution will
be applied. If needed, additional services will be scheduled for a later visit.
To make the most of your time, our required forms are found on our website for
download and preparation in advance of the visit. Alternatively, you can arrive 15 minutes in advance of your appointment time to complete all insurance and health information forms.
We encourage the presence and participation of parents during the entirety of this visit.