Call: (616) 754-3511

Children's Dentistry

The American Dental Association recommends your child's first visit starting at age 1. 

We do White Fillings, Sealants & Braces on children.   The first appointment we would schedule your child for is a New Patient Exam & Cleaning.   As we’re doing our exam and cleaning, we can talk to the parent about brushing at home, diet, habits, and point out any findings we come across as we’re working.

 Please call to schedule an appointment for your child today!

We are asked a lot about parents being allowed in the room with children....here are our guidelines.

New patient exams & well care visits:  For new patient exams and subsequent well care appointments, especially for young children, we love having parents right next to their child during the visit. In addition, we love getting to know families as a whole, and I value this time that we all get to spend together in the office.  As a child gets older, we encourage independence by allowing your child to come back for their cleanings by themselves. This helps us to build a trusting relationship with your child.  And most kids take great pride in their bravery and feel accomplished when they get through the whole visit on their own.

Treatment Rooms:  My general recommendation is for the first time needing treatment, to try and see how the child does without the parent in the room. Allowing your child to enter the appointment without you means you’re placing trust in our dental team and teaching your child to do the same.  It is our specialty to create an environment in which your child feels safe. Even if the child is not nervous, usually the parent has some level of anxiety about the procedure, and kids can easily pick up on these emotions. Without the parent in the room, my dental team will get the full attention of the child to direct them through the procedure. We are specially trained on how to manage children during these situations and we focus on distracting the child with specific conversations or the TV above their heads, helping them breathe well with the nitrous oxide/laughing gas (if needed), and moving quickly to complete the procedure as painlessly and easily as possible. That being said, every child is unique and you know your child best.  We know that while some children will do better without the parent present, there are children that are  extremely fearful of being without their parent.  If the parent remains in the room for treatment, we ask parents to try and play a passive role in managing behavior and focus more on being there for moral support.  It can be confusing for a child if more than one person is talking or directing. Our purpose is to gain your child’s confidence and trust that grow into a fun and positive relationship.

Our practice always allows you to make the choice. If you decide to accompany your child, we would ask the following:

  • 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 to the child they may become confused. Cooperation and trust must be established directly between the dental team and your child.

  • In order to allow necessary space for our  Dental Team to provide outstanding care for your child, only one Parent / Guardian may accompany a patient into the operatory.

  • Due to your child’s safety and the safety of our dental staff, we ask that siblings of patients remain in the waiting area.


  


ACCESSIBILITY