Along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend that a child's first dental visit be scheduled by his/her 1st birthday. It is very important to make the first visit as positive and enjoyable for the child as possible. We want your child to enjoy getting to know our doctors and staff and be comfortable at all times. A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease during future dental visits. Let the child know that the doctors and staff will explain everything in detail and will answer any questions he/she has. Children should be encouraged to discuss any fears or anxiety they feel.
Children are not just miniature adults.
- Get bored very fast.
- Require explanation according to their level of understanding and age.
- Require specialist to treat them efficient & effectively.
Keeping these things in mind, we have designed not only our clinic but also our system of functioning. Our aim is to give pleasant dental visit, maintain quality of dental treatment &at the same time instill positive attitude towards dental treatment, so future dental visits will be pleasant.
Before the First Visit
Please discuss the positive aspects of dentistry with your child. Rather than, "The dentist will not hurt you", say, "The dentist will be very gentle". Parents should not make a big deal out of the visit and refrain from using any words that could cause unnecessary fear, such as "needle" or "drill." We are experienced in dealing with children with anxiety and can explain treatment procedures in a positive and pleasant manner to avoid any anxious or negative feelings toward dentistry. Expect your child to react well and enjoy the first visit to our office and chances are he/she will do exactly that.
Instructions to parents while bringing your child for his/her dental visit.
|Tell your child that you are going to a friend/uncle who's also a doctor and likes children. He may just check and count his/her teeth.
||Do not tell your child about pain, blood, injections, RCT , Tooth Removal & other treatment in front of child.
|Tell his/ her that getting teeth examined regularly may help finding problems and cavities early.
||Do not tell him/her something like "because you don't brush your teeth properly, doctor will give you injection" or because you eat chocolates, your spoiled teeth will be removed by doctor!"
|If possible, during first appointment both the parents must remain present with child.
||Do not insist on starting the treatment in the first visit itself.
|Give your doctor enough time to talk to your child. The time spent initially on building his/her confidence will in turn save the time required for treatment.
||Some times parents are apprehensive to few dental treatments and show their own fears in front of kids. Parent should not voice their own fears in front of kids.
Follow each and every instruction given by doctor in dental clinic and for home because that is helpful for child and parents both.
Avoid dental appointments during naptime or when he or she is too tired.
90-95% children can cooperate for all dental treatments. Help your doctor in not only treating the child but instilling in him/her, a positive attitude towards dentistry.
Don't bribe your child with a gift before hand. Instead of that, after treatment you may reward their appropriate behavior in the clinic.
The 1:1 communication between your child and the doctor is the key to successful dental treatment.
If dentist tells you to leave child with him and sit in waiting room than please don't insist for staying with child.
Get your child's complete medical records including immunization status for doctor's assessment.
Don't discuss anything about dental treatment at home.
Insist on understanding complete treatment plan, including the preventive measures and follow-up.
The First Visit
The dentist will review the health history form with you. Your child will be introduced to our dental team, allowed to see the office, and become comfortable before the examination.
We invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination. Following the exam, findings and recommendations will be discussed with you. You will be given an estimate of the cost of treatment. During future appointments we suggest that you remain in the reception room while we are working with your child. This allows us to establish a direct and close rapport more quickly with your child. Our purpose is to gain your child's confidence and overcome any apprehension. However, if you choose, a parent or one adult may come with the child to the treatment room. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other adults or children not being seen at this appointment should remain in the reception room. Children in the reception room will need a supervisory adult with them.
Please do not be upset if your child cries. Children are often afraid of anything new and strange, and crying is the normal reaction to that fear.
Our office hours are:
- Monday to Saturday : 10.0 am – 1.30 pm(Morning)
- Monday to Saturday : 4.30 pm - 9.0 pm(Evening)
- Sunday: 10.0 am – 1.30 pm (By Appointments)
Please arrive 10 - 15 minutes early for your appointment.