Our office, as well as the The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a "Dental Home" for your child by one year of age. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.
The Dental Home is intended to provide a place other than the Emergency Room for parents.
You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. If old enough, 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.
We invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination, as well as future visits. We look at this as a team effort in providing the best and safest care for your child. Our purpose is to gain you and your child's confidence and to overcome apprehension. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult, or they can play in our Kids Clubhouse with video games. We do find on occasion, children do better when by themselves if they require treatment. You know your child best, and this may be something to consider. It is our goal to make this a great experience.
For your convenience prior to visiting our office, print and complete the information in the New Patient Forms and bring it with you to your visit.
If you would like to fill out the Patient Information form online, please click here:
If someone other than the parent/guardian is bringing the child to the appointment, please send this completed form to the appointment.