What to Expect at Your First Visit

The First Dental Appointment

Along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend that a child’s first dental visit be scheduled by his/her 1st birthday. It is very important to make the first visit as positive and enjoyable for the child as possible. We want your child to enjoy getting to know our doctors and staff and be comfortable at all times. A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease during future dental visits. Let the child know that the doctors and staff will explain everything in detail and will answer any questions he/she has. Children should be encouraged to discuss any fears or anxiety they feel.

Parents should not make a big deal out of the visit and refrain from using any words that could cause unnecessary fear, such as “needle” or “drill.” We are experienced in dealing with children with anxiety and can explain treatment procedures in a positive and pleasant manner to avoid any anxious or negative feelings toward dentistry.

We will record the child’s dental and medical history, complete a comprehensive examination and discuss any findings with you. We will also review the importance of maintaining a good dental health program with you and your child to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile for life!

The First Orthodontic Appointment

If we determine that orthodontic treatment may be necessary, we will help you learn about orthodontic treatment options. We understand that each patient’s orthodontic treatment is different, and we promise to give your child the personal attention they deserve. Your child’s first orthodontic visit will consist of an examination and discussion of potential treatment options. This important visit will address your child’s orthodontic needs to determine if this is the proper time to begin treatment.

After we have evaluated your child’s records, we conduct a treatment consultation to explain all aspects of their treatment in detail. We will provide a complete clinical diagnosis regarding the nature of the problem, a written summary of the findings and a detailed plan that outlines the treatment, goals and estimated fees. We encourage questions from both the patient and the parent, and as such, we provide ample time to answer your questions.