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Infants, Toddlers & Teens Welcome
As a pediatric dental practice, Dr. Lee and staff have extensive experience and specialty training in treating children and young adolescents. Prevention of oral disease is a main part of our practice. We recommend early and regular dental visits for children starting near their first birthday. In addition to teaching your children proper brushing and flossing habits, we emphasize counseling of new parents on areas of oral hygiene, diet, and oral habits. When treatment is needed, we offer a comprehensive range of treatment options, including “happy air” and IV sedation.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a child visit the dentist for an initial oral evaluation within 6 months of the eruption of his/her first baby tooth and no later than their first birthday! Why the rush? With caries remaining one of the most prevalent diseases of childhood, pediatric dentists are not just focusing on treating existing cavities, but are emphasizing the importance of preventing the development of oral disease in children. Through family education on oral health and early identification of risk factors for developing oral disease, the benefits of establishing a healthy attitude towards oral hygiene will last your child a lifetime. Introducing children early on to regular dental visits will allow them to develop a long term relationship with their dentist, making them feel comfortable and at ease in the dental chair- rather than anxious and fearful- when it comes to treatment.
In order for us to focus on your child during his/her visit, please complete a PATIENT HISTORY FORM for your child and bring it with you on your first visit. If you feel your child may need special care due to a previous experience or certain physical or mental conditions, please advise us ahead of the appointment.
During your child’s first visit, we will perform a complete oral examination and provide age-appropriate education in oral health care. When necessary, a dental cleaning and x-rays will also be done. After reviewing our findings and recommendations with you, we will review your child’s individual comprehensive treatment plan in detail. Please try not to “over-prepare” your child for the upcoming visit. OFTEN, A CHILD’S BEHAVIOR IS RELATED TO THEIR PARENT’S OWN ANXIETY. While reading books about going to the dentist or “playing dentist” at home beforehand can be beneficial, keeping a RELAXED AND POSITIVE attitude helps the most.
Visiting the dentist can be fun for children! A pleasant experience will help a child establish trust and confidence that will last a lifetime. For this reason, unless there is a dental emergency, we try to schedule simple procedures, like an exam and cleaning, for your child’s first visit to our office. Pediatric dentists and their staff have been specifically educated to help young, apprehensive children learn to enjoy going to see their dentist and taking care of their teeth and gums.
While parents are welcome in the treatment rooms with their children, research has shown that children over the age of 4 often fare better on their own, while younger children benefit from having their parents stay with them. If you wish to accompany your older child during his/her treatment, we ask that you show your support silently, thus allowing your child to focus his/her attention on our communications. We minimize any apprehensions or fears by actively involving your child in every step with a “Tell, Show, Do” approach. You may reassure your child that the dentist will explain everything to them and that they will do fine.
A child’s anxiety (or lack of it) is most often the result of what their friends, siblings, or parents tell them. PLEASE DO NOT use terms or phrases like: “Shot,” “It will only pinch,” “It’s not going to hurt,” etc. Remember, telling a child who was not previously apprehensive that their appointment “will not hurt” often only makes him/her begin to wonder, “Is this going to hurt?”
While it is true that baby teeth are eventually replaced by adult teeth, most children do not lose their last baby tooth until between the ages of 12-13 years old. Meanwhile, a small cavity that was once treatable with a simple filling can lead to a large, painful abscess. An untreated cavity can infect adjacent teeth, cause damage to the developing permanent tooth underneath, contribute to the development of malocclusion, and even cause life-threatening infections that can spread beyond the oral cavity!During your child’s first visit, we will perform a complete oral examination and provide age-appropriate education in oral health care. When necessary, a dental cleaning and x-rays will also be done. After reviewing our findings and recommendations with you, we will review your child’s individual comprehensive treatment plan in detail. Please try not to “over-prepare” your child for the upcoming visit. OFTEN, A CHILD’S BEHAVIOR IS RELATED TO THEIR PARENT’S OWN ANXIETY. While reading books about going to the dentist or “playing dentist” at home beforehand can be beneficial, keeping a RELAXED AND POSITIVE attitude helps the most.
Appointments are made to reserve a specific amount of time in our schedule to provide your child with the quality care and attention he or she needs. We respect your time and make every effort to remain on schedule. Likewise, we appreciate those who arrive on time for their appointments. If an appointment must be changed, we appreciate 24-hour notice so that another patient may be scheduled. Broken appointments without sufficient notice to the office may result in our inability to schedule your child for future appointments and will result in a $50.00 charge to your account. In situations where urgent treatment is needed because of a fractured or abscessed tooth, swelling, or other acute need, we are available for emergency appointments. During non-office hours, we can be reached through our emergency number.
Payment of dental services are expected and required at the time of service. This will include insurance deductibles, co-payments, or fees not covered by an insurance carrier. For your convenience, we accept cash, checks, and most major credit cards. If you have dental insurance, we will gladly submit your claim for you.
In order for us to best process your dental insurance claim, please have your insurance card or group number and social security number available. We ask that you read your policy to be sure you are fully aware of any limitations of the benefits provided. Your policy may base its allowances on a fixed fee schedule that may or may not coincide with our usual fees. Definite financial arrangements must be made for any balance above the estimated insurance coverage before treatment is rendered.
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