When should I make my child's first dental appointment?
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry both suggest that children should establish a "dental home" at age one, or within six months of getting their first tooth. This appointment is a valuable first step that establishes a relationship in case of a dental trauma or emergency, but more importantly, it
provides a consultation time that will guide parents in prevention efforts. It is our goal to help raise cavity-free children and preparing them for a lifetime of oral health. Early consultation is the key in making this goal a reality.
What should I
expect during the first visit?
We realize a child's first visit to the dentist is a milestone event. We make every effort to make it an enjoyable experience. Our first examination visits (ages 1-2) involve an oral examination, fluoride application, and a consultation time with the parents. At this time, we discuss age appropriate concerns that lay the groundwork for good home care. We also offer guidance on
what to expect in growth and development. Above the age of 2 is when we begin dental cleaning visits. Typically we take age-appropriate x-rays, perform a dental cleaning with fluoride application, and do an examination. They'll even get a prize!
How long will my child's appointment last?
Because children inherently have shorter attention spans, we typically schedule 30- minute appointments. For that full 30 minutes, we have reserved at least one of our staff members to care for your child only! Often times we have much to accomplish in this short time frame, so we request that parents make every effort to be on time for appointments. Although there may be times that a procedure can take longer than expected, we make every effort to keep a timely schedule. This allows busy families to plan their day as well. If you’re unable to keep an appointment, we ask that you give us a 24-hour notice. This allows us to be able to offer that appointment to a patient that may be waiting. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
Will I be able to accompany my child?
We generally find that our patients have better behavior and are more accepting of treatment if parents remain in the reception room during treatment. Parents are welcome to tour the office and see our treatment areas. If you would like to arrange this, please alert our staff. Exceptions to this policy are children with special medical needs and children below the age of 3. If your child is having a difficult time, we will not hesitate to ask for your assistance.
What if my child is uncooperative for treatment?
Most frequently, our patients do very well for
treatment. Our philosophy is that with kindness and patience, we can complete even the most difficult of procedures and still leave them smiling. However, if your child has special or extensive treatment needs, we will discuss options including sedation or hospital dentistry.
Will EAPD file my insurance?
For your convenience, our staff will be happy to assist you in filing your insurance. Most of the times, we can accurately estimate your payment portion depending on your insurance type. We request that you make payment at the time of service.