Your First Visit
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For your convenience, you can view, download and print our entire new patient information packet prior to your first visit by clicking on each of the items below.
New Patient Form
(This form may be filled out online)
As members of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we adhere to the highest standards of dental treatment and have been providing dental care to children for over 40 years.
Guide for Success at Your Child’s
First Dental Visit
Every parent is nervous about how their child is going to behave at his/her first dental visit. Our goal is for all our new patients to have a fun, exciting, interesting, and educational visit. Dentistry has changed over the past few decades, but what hasn’t changed is our commitment to ensuring the most positive experience for your child. This is your child’s first visit to our office….we want it to be an awesome one!
Here are a few helpful tips.
Don’t let your child know of any anxiety YOU may have about dental visits. Don’t bribe your child or threaten a dental visit as punishment.
Set a Good Example at Home
Children imitate their role models… YOU! Practice good dental habits at home: brush twice a day and floss your teeth. Beware of frequent snacking and visit your dentist on a regular basis. Talking to your children about how you go see your dentist often gets them excited about visiting “THEIR” dentist.
Make the First Visit an Adventure
If you’re excited about your child’s dental visit, he/she will be excited too! Come to our office early on the day of your child’s appointment and enjoy our fun waiting area.
Children often ask what is going to happen at the dental appointment. Don’t purposely mislead your child, but at the same time, don’t give your child more information than he/she is able to understand. Please avoid using words like ‘hurt’, ‘drill’, ‘x-rays’, or ‘shot’. You will find that we use only child friendly words when describing the various instruments and procedures your child will experience in our office. Avoid comments that may appear to be reassuring like ‘Don’t worry, the doctor won’t hurt you’. Such comments actually make your child more anxious rather than less. After all, your child knows that when anticipated experiences are really fun, you never say that.
Be Prepared to Allow Your Child to Go Into the Treatment Area Alone
We have deliberately set aside sufficient time for your child to experience a well planned, pleasant introductory dental visit. We understand that you may wish to accompany your child and share his/her first dental experience. In most cases, we invite you to come in toward the end of your child’s visit to do so. At that time we will also discuss with you what we have found. Sometimes, it can be difficult to gain a child’s attention when he/she is distracted by parents and siblings. We try to keep our focus at all times on your child, and parental presence can occasionally undermine the communication and rapport that we are trying to establish with your child.
If your child shows anxiety about coming to the treatment area without you, however, you may certainly accompany him/her. Some children—particularly the very youngest—are often more comfortable with a parent nearby. We may, however, ask you to be a ‘silent partner’ and stand by quietly in order to give our staff an opportunity to establish communication and trust directly with your child.
Coping Behavior of Children
A first dental visit can be a challenging new experience for a young child. Children frequently fear the unknown, and sometimes exhibit avoidance behavior in the form of squirming or crying. Parents should not be surprised or embarrassed if their child does not initially cooperate in the dental office. If allowed the opportunity, children usually take great pride in overcoming their fears, and most of our patients who might have cried initially leave with a big smile on their faces.