The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, AAPD, and our office recommend that your child visit the dentist by his/her 1st birthday. 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 her staff 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 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.
We invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination and throughout subsequent visits, but ask that you be a silent helper so that we can focus on your child’s health. Our purpose is to gain your child’s confidence and overcome apprehension. We are all highly experienced in helping children 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 3 react more positively when in an open environment designed for children.
Be sure to visit our Fun Activities page for more dental educational tools!
For your convenience, you can fill out all of your patient forms electronically prior to your first visit. In addition, you may use these forms to update your information every year before you come to the office.
The forms come in two parts, please complete BOTH FORMS before coming in.
1. New Patient Health/Financial Form – This should be filled out once per child.
New Patient Health/Financial Form
2. Consent for Treatment
Consent for Treatment
3. Consent for Dental Care Authorization for Non-Parent/Guardian
Consent for Dental Care Authorization for Non-Parent/Guardian
4. Make sure your appointment is scheduled with our office and we’ll see you there! No need to print your forms out. We will receive them electronically.