First Visit title for Pediatric Dentist Dr. Alissa Dragstedt

Appointment RequestOur office, as well as the 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.

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

You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. If old enough, your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The less to-do concerning the visit, the better.

Dr. Dragstedt consulting with parentIt is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as "needle", "shot", "pull", "drill" or "hurt". The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.

Parents are welcome and encouraged to accompany their child into the treatment area for all exams, cleanings and check-ups. This gives parents the opportunity to see our staff in action and allows Dr. Alissa to discuss dental findings and treatment needs. At Grins and Giggles Pediatric Dentistry, we believe that parents play a vital role in their child ’s oral health plan. We ask that siblings remain in the reception room or designated play area.

If your child should need any dental restorative treatment performed, parents are welcome and encouraged to accompany their child into the treatment area; our only exception is for sedation appointments.

We do ask that if you accompany your child you assume the role of a silent observer. Your presence is greatly enhanced if you play a passive role. If more than one person is speaking at the same time, your child may become confused. Cooperation and trust must be directly established between Dr. Alissa and your child in order to ensure your child has positive experiences at future dental appointments.

Dr. Alissa and her staff have excellent communication skills that will help your child to feel relaxed, and even have fun!

We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!

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