The first dental visit should be at or around your child’s first birthday or upon the eruption of their first tooth. 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 the staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The less you say 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”, “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.
Parents are welcome to accompany their child for their first visit. We are all highly experienced in helping children overcome anxiety; we will even allow them to sit in the parent’s lap if necessary. During future appointments, we suggest you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. We can usually establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present. Our purpose is to gain your child’s confidence and 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.