Office Visits

Our dental team is happy to welcome your little one to our pediatric dental practice. We are pleased you have chosen us to help care for your child’s oral health. We want you to know our dental team is committed to providing your son or daughter with the highest quality of dental treatment, and we do so in a gentle, efficient, and knowledgeable manner.

New patient forms help us know you and your youngster better so we can provide the very best treatment. Some forms are simply required by the government so we ask that you help us comply.

Please print the forms, fill them out completely, and bring them with you to the first appointment. If they are not completed before your appointment, you will be asked to reschedule.

For children three years and older, we suggest you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. We can usually establish a closer rapport with your youngster when you are not present.

Our purpose is to gain your child’s confidence and overcome apprehension, and we are highly experienced in helping children overcome anxiety. Separation anxiety is not uncommon in children, so please try not to be concerned if your son or daughter exhibits some negative behavior.

This is normal and will soon diminish. Studies and experience have shown that most children over the age of three years react more positively when permitted to experience the dental visit on their own and in an environment designed for children.

For children under the age of three years and those with special needs, we encourage you to accompany your little one into the treatment room. We will need you for communication and reassurance.

First Appointment

Your child’s first appointment will consist of a complete oral examination, X-rays, cleaning, and a fluoride treatment, if he or she is due. If the patient had X-rays taken by a previous dentist, please be sure to have them sent to our office or bring them along. This will prevent duplication of X-rays and additional fees for you. We will not do any treatment at the first visit.

If your child is not quite ready for a “complete first visit” (X-rays, cleaning, and fluoride), do not be discouraged. Dr. Verhagen and her staff are trained to identify the needs of your child and adapt the first visit as necessary.

Many children respond well to a “field trip” visit with lots of touching, pushing buttons, and explanations. Other children are too young or too anxious to respond to any of our techniques and a quick peek in the mouth may be all we accomplish. Crying and struggling from these patients is expected and completely all right.

If you have questions regarding any treatment, fee, or service, please discuss them with us promptly. We will make every effort to promote a mutually satisfying relationship. We look forward to seeing you and your child.

Your Baby’s First Visit

Our office, as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a “Dental Home” for your child by one year of age. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.

This is especially important for your “first” child so we can help you be comfortable with normal growth and development, feeding, and oral habits. At this visit, we will check your child’s oral cavity, provide you with oral hygiene instructions, and discuss snacking choices.

Dental visits that are scheduled before problems develop can be kept short and help your son or daughter become relaxed in the dental environment more quickly. Our goal for your youngster is a lifetime of strong, healthy teeth for a beautiful smile.

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