Other First Visits
You are invited to stay with your child during the initial examination, even — depending on age — holding the child in your lap. We simply request that you be a silent observer so we can establish rapport. During future visits we suggest your child accompany the staff through the appointment so we can gain your child’s confidence and overcome apprehension.
Everyone leaves the first visit with a goodie bag full of dental products to start a healthy home care program.
Tips for the First Visit if Your Child is Older Than 2
- Inform your child of the appointment, and that the dentist and staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The less fuss made about the visit, the better.
- Refrain from using words around the child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as “needle,” “shot,” “pull,” “drill,” or “hurt.” We use words that convey the message but are pleasant and non-frightening.
- Don’t bribe the child to go to the dentist, or use the visit as punishment. Try to make the dental visit an enjoyable outing.