YOUR CHILD'S FIRST VISIT
As a parent, you want your child to feel at ease at the dentist. As your child’s dentist, we expect even more. We want your child’s first visit to be a special event—a great experience that will build mutual trust and confidence. Our highest priority is to leave your child with a positive impression of dentistry that will last a lifetime. Do you have something we should know about your child before the first visit? Feel free to call us anytime at 518-383-0160.
How to Prepare Your Child
YOUR ROLE IN YOUR CHILD'S VISIT IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS OURS. SINCE YOU KNOW YOUR CHILD BETTER THAN ANYONE, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO TALK ABOUT THE VISIT BEFOREHAND. REMEMBER, IT'S NORMAL FOR ALL CHILDREN TO BE ANXIOUS OR AFRAID OF NEW AND UNKNOWN EXPERIENCES. TO HELP YOUR CHILD FEEL LESS ANXIOUS AND MORE EXCITED ABOUT THE FIRST VISIT, WE'VE COME UP WITH THE FOLLOWING SUGGESTIONS:
- Present the visit as a fun and exciting adventure. Your child will learn all kinds of new things, and we even have a play area with toys and games!
- Explain that Dr. Amy is a special dentist who loves to count and clean children’s teeth. You may even want to practice counting your child’s teeth at home.
- Assure your child that nothing scary will happen during visit. Let them know that the first visit is only for counting teeth.
- You may want to stop by to visit before your child’s first appointment. It may ease some of your child’s fears to see the offices and waiting room in advance.
- If you have a dental phobia, please try not to pass this fear on to your child. It helps to avoid saying negative words such as drill, shot or pull.
- For additional guidelines and educational tools, visit the ADA’s Healthy Mouth, Healthy Kids website.
What You Should Know
HERE ARE SOME GUIDELINES TO HELP YOU, AS A PARENT, PREPARE FOR YOUR CHILD'S FIRST VISIT:
- We will ask you to list your child’s medical conditions and medications, if any, along with your pediatrician's name and phone number. To fill out the information ahead of time, download our printable forms:
- A parent or legal guardian must be present at the first visit. If someone else will be bringing your child to visits at a later date, please let our staff know so that they can provide the proper consent forms.
- If you need to cancel, we request a 24-hour notice. If your child is sick and a 24-hour notice is not possible, please let us know as soon as you can.
- We try our best to remain on schedule. We ask that new patients or those who need to update insurance information arrive 10 minutes early for check-in procedures. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late, we may need to ask you to reschedule.
- We may suggest that you stay in the waiting area during your child’s first appointment. Please understand that this is in no way a reflection on you; we only want your child’s appointment to go as smoothly as possible. Oftentimes we find that children are more focused with less people in the room.