Welcome to our pediatric dental practice…
We appreciate the trust you are placing in us and thank you for choosing us for your child’s dental care. Our goal is to provide quality, comfortable dental care with an emphasis on preventative dental health. By becoming a patient you have made a commitment to working with our dental team to achieve good oral health for your child. We hope that our new partnership will last through the years.
What to expect during your child’s first visit to our dental office…
All new patients will receive a special appointment time reserved just for them. This allows us an opportunity to complete a thorough medical history and examination. During this visit the doctor will determine if your child should receive additional services such as x-rays, teeth cleanings, and/or fluoride treatments on the same day. If your doctor determines that your child needs dental restorations, orthodontics, or any other dental service, those services will be performed at a later date and scheduled at a time that is mutually agreeable for both you and the doctor.
What do I do if my child is fearful of the Dentist…
Fear of the dentist is a natural occurrence in young children. Older children may be fearful for a number of reasons including prior experience, family experiences, and medical/emotional diagnosis. Tears provide a healthy avenue of expression when your child is experiencing something uncomfortable or unknown. Be patient with your child and please do not be embarrassed if they cry. Our trained staff will work with your child to build a relationship of trust. For most children, once they become familiar with the new dental arrangements, their fear will disappear. For some children this fear may linger and/or cause an excess level of anxiety. For these patients alternate treatment options may be available. The key thing to remember is that all of our staff and dentists are specially trained to care for children of all ages and with all levels of comfort with the dentist. We will work with your child as best we can to reduce/eliminate any fears they may have.
What we expect from you and your child…
Our ultimate goal is for your child to have a healthy mouth and smile. To achieve this we will need your help and this will start at home. Your child should brush his/her teeth twice a day and avoid sugary foods and drinks. They should receive routine dental cleanings and examinations once every six months unless otherwise indicated by your doctor, and all recommended care should be completed. We ask that you please respect our time and the time of our other patients by keeping your assigned appointment times. Finally, we ask that you share your concerns with us freely to avoid any misunderstandings.
What do I need to bring to our first appointment…
- Your child must be accompanied by a legal parent or guardian for the first visit.
- We will request to make a copy of the guardian’s photo identification.
- We will need all dental insurance information, copy of insurance card or web printout.
- A list of all of your child’s medications including: name, concentration, dose, frequency and duration.
- Information and/or x-rays from referring dentist/physician.
- Co-Payment. Cash, Check, Visa or MasterCard
We hope that you have found this information helpful and we are looking forward to meeting you and your child. If you should have any questions before your first appointment, please do not hesitate to call our office and one of our qualified staff members will be happy to help.
Once again, welcome to our practice. We look forward to serving you and your child.
The Faculty, Residents, and Staff of University Pediatric Dentistry Associates