Your first visit
What to expect at Children’s Dental Ranch…
Preparing for Your Child’s First Visit
The first thing you should do is talk to your child about what to expect beforehand. Make sure not to make too big of a deal about it or get too nervous; children tend to pick up on your nervousness and it can make them anxious as well. Let your child know that we’ll simply be looking inside his or her mouth and we’ll also spend some time talking to you two. It may be helpful to bring a snack, a toy, or something that will help ease your child’s mind during the visit.
It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as “needle,” “pull,” “drill,” or “hurt.” Our pediatric dentists and staff make a practice of using words that convey the same message without frightening your child.
If you have other kids, it’s best if you’re able to leave them with someone else or possibly even bring another adult with you to the appointment so that you can focus solely on your child’s oral health.
During the Visit
The first thing we’ll do during the visit is to spend a few minutes getting to know you and your child and discuss what we’ll be doing. After everyone is acclimated, we’ll perform a gentle examination of your child’s mouth. During this examination, we’ll look for any signs of tooth decay. This can help us prevent — or even reverse — the early stages of tooth decay without the need for drilling.
After the examination, we’ll go over various ways to keep your child’s oral health at its optimal level. We’ll discuss oral hygiene tips, proper dieting and nutrition, and the best ways to prevent tooth decay. If any treatments are needed, we’ll explain what they are, how they’re performed, and why we recommend them. At the end of the appointment, we’ll schedule a follow-up visit in six months.
Tips for making your child’s first visit smooth and successful:
Schedule your appointment with us by requesting it online or giving us a call.
Bring your insurance card, if you have dental insurance.
Fill out our new patient form online prior to your appointment. This will save you some time during your appointment.
Once you arrive, please check-in at the front desk and provide your information as needed.
IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation visit.
Pediatric Dentistry & Oral Surgery
NEW PATIENT REGISTRATION
Fill out our online form to save time during your visit.
Orthodontic Patients: Forms will be sent to you via a secure text or email link before your first appointment.
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