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Whether this is your child’s first dental visit or first visit to our office, it is important that your child feel comfortable and begin developing a trusting rapport with our doctors and team.
The first visit is designed to gain your child’s confidence and trust. Each child is unique; we understand their curiosity and apprehension and give each patient individualized attention. Everything is carefully explained and each child participates in activities, designed to help build their self-confidence. One of our highly trained pediatric team members will guide you and your child throughout this introduction.
During this appointment we spend time with you and your child on toothbrushing and reviewing food choices that help fight tooth decay. We also review the child’s medical and dental history, take necessary dental x-rays, and one of our doctors discusses your child’s present dental needs. Our doctor will then consult with you and your child about recommended dental or orthodontic treatment.
Your child should visit the dentist by his/her 1st birthday. You can help make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Your child should be informed of their visit and told that the dentist and their team 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 “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.
If your child is over the age of 4, we ask that you allow them to accompany our children’s dental team through their experience. We are all highly experienced in helping children and teens overcome anxiety.
Separation anxiety is not uncommon in children, so please try not to be concerned if your child exhibits some negative behavior. This is normal and will soon diminish. Studies and experience have shown that most children over the age of 4 react more positively when permitted to experience the dental visit on their own and in an environment designed for children.
We strive to make each and every visit to our pediatric dental and orthodontic office a fun one!
New Patient Registration Form
For your convenience prior to visiting our office, please click below to print the New Patient Form, complete the information and bring it with you to your first visit.
Please call our office at (425) 255-6008 to make the first appointment.
If you have recent x-rays, please bring them with you to the first appointment. These must be originals, not copies.
Emergency or acute pain cases will receive priority attention.
After the examination is completed, an estimate of treatment fees will be provided.
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