We have three goals for your child's first visit. First, we want him or her to feel safe. We appreciate that each child's personality is unique. The first visit is an opportunity for your child to get to know us and for us to get to know your child. We believe that when a child feels safe, he or she is more receptive and that he or she can do amazing things. Second, we want to address any concerns you may have. We thrive on providing information and options for care if your child's examination shows any concerns. Third, we will provide you age-specific strategies to keep him or her healthy. Get in touch today to see how we can get your child on the path to a lifetime of great dental health!
Most children do not inherently fear going to the dentist. However, young children may have a fear of the unknown as well as fear of medical environments. Older kids may be fearful if they have had bad experiences with previous dental treatment. Of course, some children may just be more anxious or sensitive. We have found the following tips useful in helping kids be more prepared and less fearful with their visits:
We have found the following scheduling principles to be helpful for our patients:
Children are naturally likely to get sick from time to time. We have developed the following points to serve as a guide. In the following cases, the child's appointment should be rescheduled:
We believe that each child is special and deserves to feel safe, and should be treated with compassion and respect. Dental health is fundamental to the overall health and well-being of every child, and we ensure that parents are our allies in the care of their children.
These values are especially true in our care of children with special needs. We care for a variety of children possessing challenges such as Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism/PDD, Cerebral Palsy, developmental delay, Down Syndrome, hearing/vision impaired, sensory integration disorder, and others. A child with any of these challenges presents with unique needs that must be met in order to give him or her the best opportunity for good dental health. If necessary, we often see special kids several times prior to their cleaning appointments, allowing them to gradually become acclimated to the office.
We make every attempt to schedule private appointments for them to ensure they feel as comfortable as possible. We incorporate techniques of Floortime® and relationship development to help our special patients feel safe and supported. We have done our best to create a peaceful environment for all of our patients. Our office does not have the typical pediatric dental office “open bay” style; all of our dental operatories are either semi-private or private, providing comfort and less sensory stimulation for the children. We are sensitive to the fact that many children with special needs have sensitivities to artificial colors, gluten, and fluoride. Our polishing pastes are free of all of these ingredients.
If you are the parent of a child with special needs, we encourage you to seek dental care for your child early, as this is often vital to promoting good dental health and comfort in the dental office. For more information please call us at (703) 726-3030 for a complimentary consultation.