Our office attempts to schedule appointments at your convenience and when time is available. It’s best to schedule your child's appointment for the time of day when they’re most cooperative. Morning appointments usually catch them at their most refreshed.
Since appointed times are reserved exclusively for each patient, we ask that you please notify our office 24 hours in advance of your scheduled appointment if you’re unable to keep it.
Dental appointments are an excused school absence, however, missing school can be kept to a minimum when regular dental care is continued. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about your child or have any special needs so that we may take care of your child in the best way possible.
When talking to your child, treat the future visit in a positive, excited fashion. Children are curious and want to know what will happen when they arrive at the dental clinic. Be honest with your child, but be careful not to alarm your child with discomforting thoughts. Stay relaxed and calm in discussing dentistry with your child. It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as drill, shot, pull or hurt.
We make a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening children. Also tell your child that the dentist likes children and doesn’t wish to hurt anyone. The dentist tries to give you a bright healthy smile or keep you from having any toothaches. Lastly, don't bribe your child or use a dental visit as a form of punishment.
Feel free to bring your child to our office for a tour prior to the appointment. One of our goals is to help children understand how to be a good patient. Another is to make children happy and less fearful while receiving dental care. Kids are special to us, and we want them to know it.