For your convenience… we have provided the following form for you to complete and bring with you on your first visit to our office: New Patient Form
At the new patient appointment the dentist and staff will spend quality time getting to know you and your child. Treatment is not performed at this initial visit as a general rule. Following a thorough review of your child’s medical and dental history your child’s first appointment will consist of a thorough examination. We may recommend x-rays to check for decay, infections in the bone, extra or missing teeth, position and location of unerupted teeth or any other abnormalities. We will examine the erupted teeth for decay lesions that need repair and also those that might be arrested without repair by the use of a preventive home care program, topical fluorides and plastic sealants. We will evaluate facial growth and development patterns of your child, try to note any tongue, lip, cheek or thumb habits that may influence the development of attractive teeth and determine if there is a need for any orthodontic treatment. Your child’s personalities, anxiety levels and coping skills will also be assessed as these are extremely important factors to consider when planning your child’s treatment. Remember, children are not just small adults. They are not always able to be patient and cooperative during dental procedures.
Following this, a tailored treatment plan will be formulated for your child’s needs. We will discuss any issues or concerns before proceeding with the best treatment plan for your child. Treatment is then undertaken at subsequent appointment.
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 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, pull, drill or hurt. We will explain all procedures to children in terms they can understand by using pleasant and non-frightening words and demonstrate the equipment in a fun and imaginative way. Every possible effort will be made to make the visit psychologically pleasant. The important thing is to do dentistry thoroughly and carefully. Please do not be upset if your child cries. Crying is a normal reaction to fear. Children may be afraid of anything new and strange to them. Kindness is the greatest contribution for overcoming fear and it must be our united objective to eliminate dental fears.
It is our primary goal to make each visit pleasant and comfortable and our entire staff is dedicated to making your child’s visit fun. It is always easier to prevent problems than to have to do corrective treatment and it must be our united objective to work together for your child’s best interests. Each child is different and we will treat your child according to their individual needs and with input from their parents.