Your Child's 1st Visit
To parents of our future patients, Dr. Fry, Dr. Bradley, and our staff are pleased that you have chosen us for your child's pediatric dental needs. First impressions last a lifetime. Our goal is for every child to have a positive dental experience that will put a BRIGHT SMILE on their face!
Start Young for a Lifetime of Health
They say, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
It has been shown that children who begin their relationship with their dentist before they are experiencing any problems have fewer dental issues. As a pediatric dental office, our focus is on your child's dental health and psychological well-being. Your child's early experiences, good or bad, will stay with him or her for a lifetime. We aim to create a foundation of happy memories!
We welcome children of all ages, including newborns.
Come Have Fun!
Each of our patient rooms are a playful and soothing environment for little ones.
How should I prepare for my child's 1st visit?
The best way to prepare your child for the first appointment with us is to give as little information as possible. This may sound strange, but our office is designed with your child's comfort in mind. Our entire staff is here because we love children, and everything we do is for their benefit; your child will sense this.
What will be done at the 1st visit?
During your first visit, your child will be introduced to the dental environment at his/her own pace. A thorough examination will be performed, a cleaning, and necessary x-rays will be taken. This all depends on your child's behavior, which will determine how much is accomplished at each visit. Our main goal is for a positive experience, and we will adjust our approach specifically for your child.
The results of the exam and x-rays will be discussed with you, a treatment plan will be determined, appointments will be scheduled, and financial arrangements will be made. If this is an emergency visit, the immediate problem will be addressed and routine procedures will be postponed.
What should I say to my child?
Tell your child that he/she will have FUN at a place where other little children love to get their smile cleaned! It is often best not to mention the appointment until the day you are scheduled. A parent's reaction to dental care is crucial in determining how the child will approach his or her visit to the dentist.
Do not offer more information than your child asks for; keep it simple. Do not offer threats or bribes of any kind for good behavior. A bribe tends to indicate something bad may happen. Please do not make any promises about what the dental staff will or won't do; stress that any questions will be answered before any treatment begins. Don't forget to tell them that they are seeing a "children's" dentist.
What if my child gets upset?
It is not unusual for a young child to cry. We ask that you not be upset if this happens. Crying is a child's normal reaction to the fear of the unknown. We understand your child's fears, and our well-trained staff will work with you to modify or erase them. Remember that our goals are the same as yours - we want your child to feel comfortable and safe at our office, and we will take our time and work at her or his pace to accomplish that goal.
Read our Testimonials!
Hear what others parents have to say about their children's experiences at Sunshine Children's Dentistry.