Kids Dentistry FAQs

General Questionnaire

Can I accompany my child into the treatment area during his visit?
Some parents find that their child has a more successful visit if they remain in the waiting room and allow the dentists and staff to develop a rapport with their child without dividing their attention between the staff and parents.  Other parents, especially of very young patients, find it comforting to both themselves and the child to join in the visit.  You know your child best, and we would appreciate your input as how to best treat your child.  On your first visit, parents are allowed to accompany their child(ren) into our treatment area.  Following this visit, the dentist will create a plan with you that best suits you and your child.  With a child under the age of three, we mostly prefer you stay with your child.If you accompany your child, we ask that you be a silent observer, and allow the dentist and our highly trained staff the opportunity to communicate directly to your child and guide him/her through the appointment.  In either case, the doctor will discuss your child’s treatment personally with you, and you may ask any questions about your child’s dental care at any time.What if my child cries during his visit?While we strive for every visit to be completely positive, there are times when a child may react with fear or even tears.  Be assured that we will do everything possible to comfort him, and we always react with empathy.  We will ALWAYS make every effort to end each visit on a positive note and use positive feedback with your child.

What will happen at my child’s first visit?

At a Well Baby Visit( below the age of three), an exam will be performed and you will be counseled on brushing, diet & fluoride, along with any other questions answered.  At the first visit above the age of three, your child’s teeth will be examined and cleaned, and x-rays will be taken if deemed necessary.  Doing only these things at a first visit helps maintain a positive experience for your child.  If a cavity or other problem is detected, we will work to schedule another appointment to treat this problem.  If your child is in pain, emergency treatment can be performed in order to get them out of pain.