Before your child comes in, we encourage you to sit with
them and show them our office.
- Be positive when showing them our office and
tell them how fun it looks. Children pick up on any fears you may have toward
the dentist. Always be POSITIVE and ENCOURAGING.
- Show them the picture of Dr. Dan and explain how
Dr. Dan will take some pictures and count their teeth with a special tooth
counter and a mirror.
- There are books that you can use to help your
child understand and feel comfortable with what a dental visit will entail.
Here are a few: Max goes to the Dentist; Dora the Explorer: Show Me Your
- There are some flagged words or phrases that we
ask our parents not to use around their children, such as “shot”, “needle”,
“pulling your tooth out”, “drill”, or “it’s going to hurt”. These words will
only cause anxiety and fear in your children.
We ask for you to arrive early to your appointment to
complete all the necessary paperwork. During this time, your child will be
exploring our fun waiting room filled with puzzles, books, a T.V., cubed
activity centers, and let’s not forget, our indoor 2-story submarine! Once your child goes back, they will have cavity-detecting digital x-rays, a growth and developing x-ray, a dental cleaning, a fluoride treatment, and instructions on good oral hygiene.
Once the doctor completes the full dental exam, the assistant will call you to
the consultation desk to go over the complete exam. You will receive copies of
your child’s x-rays, and Dr. Dan will come out to meet with you (since parents
wait in the waiting room while their children go back).
Always be positive and encourage your child. If your child
cries on their first appointment, it’s okay. This is a normal reaction when
children are in a new environment. When talking with others, remember to
compliment your child, no matter how your child’s first appointment went. It is
very important that your child feels encouraged every time they come to the
dentist. From your family to our staff, we will always encourage a positive and
fun environment for your child.
We understand that at the first appointment, there is so
much information that we go over; it can be a little overwhelming. So, if you
ever need us to go over anything again, please do not hesitate to give us a