WELCOME TO OUR PRACTICE!
Welcome to our office! I look forward to meeting you and your child at your first visit. As a pediatric dentist, my office routine may be somewhat different than you have been accustomed to in the past. To have you and your child feel more comfortable, I would like to take a few minutes to familiarize you with my practice.
One of our prime objectives is to encourage your child to have a pleasant dental experience. This process begins at home prior to the first visit. Listed below are some suggestions to guide you:
- Dental visits are part of growing up. Please don’t indicate in any way there is anything to fear. Instead of saying, “Dr. Cindy will not hurt you,” say, “Dr. Cindy will be very gentle.
- The less “fuss” the better. It is best to tell a child about a dental visit the day of the appointment.
- If your child requires more information, you can explain that the doctor will look at his/her teeth to make sure they are healthy.
- Make appointment days easy and try to see that your youngster is well rested.
- Remember, tears are a health avenue of expression for a child when moving toward the unknown, so please don’t be disturbed or embarrassed if your child cries. Once a child becomes familiar with the new dental surroundings, the fear should disappear.
At the first visit, your child is acquainted with the dental office. A thorough examination, which includes a clinical exam and necessary x-rays, will be performed. Everything that we intend to do is explained to the parent and child before we do it.
For toddlers joining our practice, we welcome the parent in the treatment room for the initial exam. However, on subsequent visits, your child will generally respond in a more positive way if the parent remains in the reception room. If you choose to accompany your child in the treatment room, we ask that you be a silent observer. It can be confusing for a child if more than one person is talking or directing. Naturally we do not want this to happen. Our purpose is to gain your child’s confidence and overcome any apprehension.
Payment is expected in full at the time of treatment so that we may help keep healthcare cost to a minimum. If you have dental insurance, we will be happy to process your claim forms. We would appreciate your arriving early for your child’s first appointment.
My office is committed to a policy of prevention. By seeing your child early in life, we can help prevent dental decay and infections with early treatment, oral hygiene therapy and nutritional counseling. Orthodontic problems also may be prevented or the severity lessened by early recognition. Your child, with your cooperation, can become an excellent dental patient with a healthy mouth and pretty smile!
We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!