First Visit

What to Expect

During your child’s first visit, we will review their dental and medical history forms and get to know them more as an individual to learn what makes them happy and comfortable. Please consider filling out our optional Personality Form to help us learn more about your child and to assess any unique needs he or she may have. The more we know, the better we can customize your child’s experience to make them comfortable!

At the visit, we will examine their teeth and possibly do a cleaning or xrays depending on your child’s age and needs.

Dr. Lauren will address all of your questions and concerns regarding your child’s dental health and development. She will guide you on what to expect with your child’s oral development and provide tips to care for their teeth. We want you and your child to have a positive, well-informed dental experience.

If you have been referred to our office by another dentist, the first appointment will be to examine your child, get to know your child, and come up with a treatment plan. This is necessary before treatment can begin because every child is different and requires an individualized treatment plan. On rare occasions we are able to complete some treatment on the same day with your permission if the dentist feels that is in the child’s best interest.

How to Prepare

Read books and watch shows with your child regarding their first dental visit. Talk positively about your dental past (how good it feels to have your teeth cleaned, how fun it is to get a prize when you are done, etc.). Refrain from saying incriminating words, such as shot, hurt, etc. We have our own kid-friendly lingo that doesn’t invoke anxiety. Your child can read your energy, so try to be as relaxed and as positive as possible. If your child had a negative experience in the past, reassure them that this is a fun office made just for kids and they do things very differently.

Please fill out the new patient forms before you come to make your visit as easy as possible. Please have previous xrays sent to our office.