Child looks at doctor while getting teeth cleaned

OFFICE VISITS

Your child's first visit is all about your child,

his or her comfort, happiness, and health

In addition to helping keep your child healthy, one of our primary goals is for your child to feel comfortable in our office. 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. In addition, we will review any concerns or questions you have and provide you age-specific strategies to keep him or her healthy.

    appointment guidelines

    We have found the following scheduling principles to be helpful for our patients:

    • Early to mid-morning appointments are reserved especially for younger children who are more fresh and able to manage the various stimuli associated with dental appointments.
    • Morning appointments are also reserved for children requiring dental treatment. This is a common practice in pediatric dental offices since treatment has a greater chance for success when the child is well rested and fresh.
    • Early and later afternoon appointments are reserved for middle school and high school age children who have greater academic demands.
    • New patients are generally scheduled mid-morning during time that the office is better able to spend more time getting to know the child.
    • Consultations are also scheduled mid-morning so that we are better able to spend the time in getting to know your child's needs and to discuss various options for treatment.
    • We require 48 hours (two business days) notice if an appointment needs to be rescheduled in order to avoid a missed appointment fee.

    SICK CHILD POLICY

    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:

    • Any child with a fever. If a fever is controlled with medication, the child is still considered to have a fever
    • A child with an active respiratory infection such as RSV or tuberculosis
    • A child with an ear infection who will be treated for cavities with nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
    • A child who is unable to breathe through his or her nose, who will be treated for cavities with nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
    • A child who has thrown up in the past 24 hours
    • A child with a communicable oral virus such as childhood oral herpes or hand, foot, and mouth disease

    Regular wellness visits are an important part of maintaining a healthy smile!

    We recommend wellness visits every six months to make sure your child's dental health is optimal.