Too many of our adult patients tell us about the fear and pain they associate with their childhood dental visits. Years later, these memories can still create very real anxiety and lead to avoidance of the dentist.
When it comes to our smallest patients, we want to set the stage for a lifetime of dental health. Since people are more likely to remember a traumatic experience than a routine one, our goal is to create a “forgettable” visit for each child—and an unforgettable experience for the parents.
A child’s first visit to the dentist will influence their oral health, possibly for the rest of their life. It is very important to us that this is a positive experience. The first appointment, or “happy visit,” should occur between the ages of two and three.
When more than a routine exam is needed, we will make every effort to provide a safe, calm environment for your child. Parents also can help prepare children to be relaxed and cooperative.
In most cases the dentist will need to provide anesthetic for treatment. This is generally the most anxious event in the appointment. Time after time, this seems to be a pivotal moment; if all goes well, the rest of the procedure will more than likely be tolerated well.
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It’s both our goal and our personal reward to have our pediatric patients look forward to coming to the dentist! Safe, comfortable experiences early in life will form a life-long habit of great dental hygiene.
To get your child started on the road to a healthy smile, please contact us.