Our office, as well as the
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommends that your
child visit the dentist by his/her 1st birthday. You can make the
first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Your child
should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and
their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions.
The less to-do concerning the visit, the better.
It is best if you refrain
from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary
fear, such as "needle", "shot", "pull", "drill" or "hurt". The
office makes a practice of using words that convey the same
message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.
If your child is over the age
of 3, we ask that you allow them to accompany our staff through
the dental experience. We are all highly experienced in helping
children overcome anxiety. Separation anxiety is not uncommon in
children, so please try not to be concerned if your child exhibits
some negative behavior. This is normal and will soon diminish.
Studies and experience have shown that most children over the age
of 3 react more positively when permitted to experience the dental
visit on their own and in an environment designed for children.