Preparing For Your Visit
Congratulations! You have taken the first step to ensure that your child receives great oral care that will follow them for a life- time. We can't wait to meet your child. Below is what to expect from your first visit.
The exam is sometimes very quick but always very thorough. Our doctors are able to gain valuable information from this exam, and will be evaluating your child's growth and developmental status, as well as the health of their teeth and gums. Infants and young children can have developmental conditions that may present themselves in the oral cavity and might only be seen at a dental check-up. Based on the exam, dietary and hygiene recommendations are reviewed with you, as well as any information specific to your child's oral health status.
What Makes Us Different
As a Pediatric practice we use a completely different vocabulary when explaining procedures to children and very anxious patients. For us to be most effective we ask that you briefly describe what a dentist does and what the child can expect.
Words to Avoid
- "It won't hurt"
Another big difference between our practice and other dentists is that we encourage the parent(s) to accompany the child into the treatment area. There are some guidelines that we ask you to follow.
A Few Guidelines
We want you, the parent(s), to be as informed as possible with regard to the treatment being provided to your child.
- Refrain from speaking to the child when the dentist is talking
- Remain seated in the chair provided for you
- If asked to leave, please do so quietly and quickly
- Please silence or turn your cell phone off
- Feel free to ask any questions you may have
Very young children often cry even for simple examinations. This is normal behavior and in no way does it upset us, and you should not be embarrassed nor should you try to quiet your child. Crying actually facilitates our work since it is usually done with the mouth wide open.
Again, thank you for entrusting your child's care to us. If you have any questions please call our office.
Insurance & Financing
- Asuris NW Health
- Delta Dental/Washington Dental Service
- Premera Blue Cross
- Regence Blue Shield (Basic & Standard &
- Federal Employee Plan)
- United Concordia
- Medicaid (DSHS/ABCD)