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Welcome to Our Pediatric Dental Office!

Thank you for this opportunity to introduce you to our office, our mission, and what to expect when arriving for your child's dental appointment.

The first visit at the dentist's office is an adventure for young children. They will discover so much about their teeth and themselves. Some children will come in excited and some will feel apprehensive. By choosing a Pediatric Dentist, you are taking an important first step in creating a positive dental attitude for your child. With specialty training and a fun environment, we hope to give your child a good dental experience, starting at a very young age.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics both recommend that the first dental visit be at one year of age.

Children who have their first dental experience when they are young are more likely to have a favorable outlook toward dental care throughout life. You, as parents, play a very important role in getting your child started with a positive attitude toward dental care. Because dental visits are an integral part of your child's total health program, we approach the first visit as a natural part of your concern for optimal health care for your child.

One of the useful things that you can do is to be completely natural and easy going when you tell your child about the first appointment with the dentist. The less "fuss" the better. This approach will enable your child to view it as an opportunity to meet new people who are interested in him/her and can help him/her to stay healthy. Our office does encourage parents to be with their child during dental visits. This allows for a positive, shared experience, and an appreciation of how our highly trained staff works with infants and children.

By starting early, we can address issues such as teething, infant oral health care, and preventing cavities. Early childhood cavities are heartbreaking. We will discuss how cavities are formed and how you can help to prevent them at home through proper oral hygiene and feeding habits.

Together, we can help your child have a lifetime of healthy and beautiful smiles. This website is designed to answer some of the many questions that you may have about your child's appointment and other dental related topics.

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Parent Guidelines

Father Daughter holding hands photoWe encourage you to be with your children during the dental visit, but you may choose to remain in the reception area during treatment appointments if you wish. We do need to have you in the treatment room for all examination and emergency appointments in order to determine a diagnosis and to obtain your written, informed consent for further treatment.

For additional treatment appointments after the written, informed consent is obtained from you as parent or legal guardian, an adult, over 18 years old, may bring your children for their appointments.

This adult must stay in the office at all times while your child is receiving dental treatment.

Be a Silent Observer

This allows us to maintain the proper communication with your child and allows your child to listen to just one voice. Please avoid saying "it is not going to hurt" or use words like "needle" or "shot". Your child may actually focus on this one word and expect it to hurt! Normally children will listen to their parents instead of the appropriate member of our dental team and may not hear what our doctors and assistants are saying. You may also be giving them incorrect or misleading information.

Many children may try to control the situation in ways that they have found to be successful for them at home or in the past. "Acting out" is normal, but is not acceptable during dental treatment appointments. Some children may do better without the presence of the parent. If the doctor feels that may be the case, you may be asked to step away from your child's view.

If you feel uncomfortable at any time, please let us know. Many times your personal memories of past dental experiences may cause you to be uncomfortable with what our staff needs to accomplish at any specific time during the appointment. We can work together to decide if completing treatment that day is best for your child.

Similarly, we reserve the right to stop treatment at any time if the doctor determines that is the best and safest option for your child. If the appointment is shortened by the doctor for any reason, we will temporize any incomplete treatment and re-appoint your child on a day that is better for your child.

We are delighted to welcome you and your family to our practice. By following these guidelines, you will help us deliver the highest quality care for your child and inspire them to have confidence in themselves at the dentist's office.

You can actively help in these very important ways to ensure the success of your child's visit.

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Disclaimer

Doctor Wang, Doctor Perea-Corkish, Doctor Gerodias and the other Doctors of Discovery Pediatric Dentistry make no warranties, expressed or implied, as to any results to be obtained from use of the information "What should I do in a Dental Emergency." We cannot diagnose or treat patients over the Internet. Information on this site is for educational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for personal, medical, and/or dental attention or diagnosis. Without all available information about a patient, it is impossible to make a diagnosis. Help and answers are in the form of general ideas. Only you, your dentist, and other necessary and qualified health care providers can make an appropriate treatment decision in an emergency or for everyday care and dental treatment.

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