WHAT TO EXPECT
We have a warm and friendly staff who will greet you and escort you to one of our private, fully partitioned treatment modules. This is done by a dentist with whom you made the appointment or our office assistant. We will have you fill out a Health History Form for New Patients. For your convenience, this can be downloaded, printed and filled out before you arrive at the office.
After the dentist reviews the Health History Form, you will have the opportunity to discuss any dental issues or pain that you may be experiencing. The dentist will conduct a complete clinical examination which includes your teeth, gums, tongue, the roof of your mouth, all soft tissues, and any dental work that had been previously done. The dentist will conduct x-rays only if deemed necessary to aid in the examination. Next, the dentist will conduct a bite alignment evaluation. This is important as improper bite alignment can cause accelerated tooth wear leading to other significant problems in the mouth.
Your dentist will provide instructions on good oral hygiene habits that include proper brushing and flossing. He or she will clean and polish your teeth removing trapped food particles and/or plaque. Finally, your dentist will talk to you about any future treatments and address any of your potential concerns.
YOUR CHILD’S FIRST DENTAL VISIT
It’s the BIG DAY! Your child’s first dental visit!
If you’re like most parents, you’re probably wondering how your child will react. Will he or she be scared? Cry? Cooperate because you’re there? Is there anything you can do to prepare your child and yourself?
When you schedule your child’s first visit by calling Dentiland, we’ll be able to walk you through the suggestions we offer to parents of our “first time” dental patients. It’s really a whole lot easier than you think!
When Should That First Visit Take Place?
We encourage you to bring your child in between the time he or she gets their first tooth and one year. We like to call this first visit a “happy visit.” It is not meant to be long; we are simply introducing ourselves to your child and initiating contact. The shorter the visit, the better.
What Happens at the First Visit?
We want your child’s first experience with the dentist to be as pleasant as possible. After all, we want your child to look forward to future visits here at Dentiland!
During your child’s first visit, we will request information about your child’s complete medical and dental history up to that point. We will examine your child’s teeth, demonstrate proper brushing and oral hygiene, and discuss proper care and routine dental maintenance with you. At this same time, you can feel free to discuss any concerns that you might have.
We may also have you or your child hold a mirror as we count their teeth with them. This makes the visit interactive and fun for your child.
How Can I Prepare My Child (and Myself) for this First Visit?
Talk to your child about their first dental visit, in words that he or she can understand. Keep in mind that painless child dentistry is the goal for your child. Many of your child’s visits to a “doctor” have involved the administration of shots, so it’s understandable that when you use the term “doctor,” your child may show some apprehension.
Try to find a library book about a child’s first dental visit. A Visit to the Dentist are two examples that use characters that may be well known to your child.
Please be sure to stay positive with your child when speaking about their dental visit. Often, it’s best to say very little, so your child has no pre-conceived ideas. Let your child know that the dentist will be very gentle and wants your child to have a good experience here. If you expect your child to enjoy their first visit to our office, then most likely they will.
If your child has a favorite stuffed animal, toy or blanket, by all means, feel free to bring it with you if it will provide that added layer of security and comfort for your child.
Let Us Know How We Can Help You
If there is anything that Dentiland can do to help prepare you and/or your child for this all important first visit, let us know at the time you schedule the appointment.
We want this to be a positive and enjoyable experience for your family. So please, make sure you advise us ahead of time if there are any special needs or circumstances that you think we should know about, so we can address them for your appointment.
We look forward to seeing you in our happy and relaxed atmosphere!