Pediatric Dentist in Prairie Village, KS 66207. Dr. Ned E. Smith-Dental care for infants, children, and teens.

Pediatric Dentist First Visit

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First Pediatric Dental Visit:

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends your child's first exam by one year of age. Establishing a Dental Home: means your child's oral health care is delivered with a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated and family-centered approach. We can check for proper oral and facial development to determine whether teeth are growing in properly and detect early signs of tooth decay. We guide parents in proper home care, diet and nutrition, and help determine if your child is at risk for Early Childhood Cavities (ECC). We will then plan a recare schedule to fit your child's needs.

The Dental Home is intended to provide a place other than the Emergency Room for parents.

Children three years of age and older are scheduled for their first dental cleaning with our experienced Dental Hygienists. Your child will receive a thorough examination, necessary dental x-rays, cleaning and a fluoride treatment.

IF YOUR CHILD IS FEARFUL? How do I prepare?

Our staff is trained to make your child's first visit a pleasurable one. Please do not schedule appointments at naptime; appointments in the early morning are best. We use a "Tell, Show, DO" philosophy before every procedure so as not to surprise your child. Some children may be fearful, but once a child becomes familiar with the new surroundings, the fear disappears. To prepare your child for the visit, be positive in your approach and let us explain to him or her what happens during their appointment. We invite you to stay with your child during the appointments if you would like. It is helpful for parents to assume a "silent observer" role, as children have a difficult time listening to more than one adult. It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as "needle", "shot", "pull", "drill", or "hurt". Our goal is to gain your child's confidence and help them achieve a positive attitude toward dentistry for life! We want your child to be happy and look forward to visiting our office again. (see Reducing Fear under pediatric dental topics)

What should I bring to a First Visit?

After you call to make the first appointment for your child, we will send you an informational packet in the mail or you may click on the link below to view and print the necessary form(s). Please complete the Medical History, HIPPA, and the financial agreement forms. We ask that you bring these papers with you to your child's appointment. Also bring the name of any medications your child is taking. If you have dental insurance, please bring your card with you. As a courtesy we will submit the insurance claims on your behalf. Your portion of the bill is expected at the time of service.

If you have dental insurance, please bring your card with you. As a courtesy we will submit the insurance claims on your behalf. Your portion of the bill is expected at the time of service. If you do not have insurance, payment is due at the time of service.

 

My Visit to the Dentist
Personal Coloring Book

To help your child understand and enjoy their first visit to our office,
please print a complimentary copy of our personalized coloring book.
Also a great keepsake to remember their first dental visit!

Boy Coloring Book  /  Girl Coloring Book

 

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