We appreciate your promptness in arriving for your child’s dental visit. We reserve a specific time for your child according to their dental needs and level of cooperation. Middle and high school children are given priority for late afternoon appointments. We request that children in preschool and primary grades be scheduled early in the day when they are more rested, alert and more receptive to treatment. Please be aware that in a practice limited to the care of children, all treatment cannot be done after school hours because they are limited and in high demand. It may be necessary for your child to miss school for their dental appointment. We realize that occasionally this may inconvenience some parents, but it is the child we must always consider. Dental appointments are excused absences from school and we will gladly provide a school excuse form for your child.

We value your time and will do our best to remain on schedule throughout the day. We do ask that you please remember that each child in our office is an individual and some may require more patience and “TLC” than others. We also experience the occasional emergency, which may cause delays in our scheduling. We ask for your patience and that you please keep in mind that your child may be the next one needing our extra attention.

As a courtesy, our office will attempt to contact you for confirmation 1-2 days prior to your child’s appointment. However, we do ask that the parents/guardians assume responsibility for their child’s appointment time. Your cooperation in making and keeping appointments is essential. No Charge will be made for rescheduling your appointments provided 48 hours notice is given. Your child’s time can then be given to another patient in need of dental care. Repeated missed appointments of any kind or short term cancellations (within 24 hours) without proper notification may be subject to a charge and/or dismissal from our practice.

 

FIRST VISIT

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends your child's first visit to the dentist to occur by his/her first birthday. With your help we can make this initial visit the most positive experience possible! 

Here are a few suggestions to prepare your youngster for the initial visit: 

    

  • We encourage parents to schedule the appointment for children age ten and under in the morning because kids respond better to the treatment and the overall visit when they are well rested.

  • Inform your child of the appointment. Tell your child that the dentist wants to get to know him/her; present this visit as an exciting experience for yourself and for your child. One way to convey good feelings to your child about dental visits is to remind them that going to the dentist is a sign that they are growing up.

  • Tell your child that we will count, brush, and take pictures of his/her teeth. By explaining the exam and the cleaning in these terms, your child will better understand the situation. 

  • Be incredibly positive about this experience. Avoid negative words such as hurt,drill,pull, and shot.

  •  Please do not tell your child that the "dentist will not hurt you" as this may never have entered his/her mind. Instead, you may wish to assure your child that the dentist and her helpers will be gentle and friendly. Talk about dentistry with a positive attitude. This initial examination involves nothing uncomfortable and should be perceived by the child as non- threatening.

  • Discuss dentistry honestly with your child when he/she asks you questions. Children listen to your tone of voice and can detect your feelings very easily. If your child has questions that are difficult for you to answer, please refer him/her to our pediatric dental team for the proper answer and discussion.

  • Bring only the child that is to be seen for the dental visit so that both the parent and dental staff can concentrate on that child's needs.

  • We welcome the parent(s) presence during examination appointments. However, this privilege will be evaluated according to each child's behavior. The parent(s) should be a passive observer at all times during the child's dental visit.

  • If your child requires treatment, we ask that you allow them to accompany our staff, by themselves, through the dental experience. We are all highly experienced in helping children overcome anxiety. Separation anxiety is not uncommon in children, so please try not to be concerned if your child exhibits some negative behavior. This is normal and will soon diminish. Studies and experience have shown that most children react more positively when permitted to experience the dental visit on their own and in an environment designed especially for children. Our purpose is to gain your child's confidence and overcome apprehension. Our office can only achieve a successful relationship with your child when the parents show that they have confidence in our dental care.

  • After the appointment, compliment your child's good behavior at the dentist's office in the presence of other members of the family.

 

GENTLE DENTAL TERMINOLOGY  

  • Were Going to Count Your Teeth  Examination

  • Tooth Counter  Explorer

  • Pictures of Your Teeth  X-Rays

  • Bubbles for Your Teeth - Fluoride

  • Tooth Paint - Sealant

  • Straw or Mr. Thirsty - Suction

  • Wiggle Tooth or give it a hug Pull Tooth

  • Jelly Topical Anesthetic

  • Sleepy Juice Novocaine

  • Sugar Bug  Cavity

  • We're Going to Brush or shake the Bugs Off Your Tooth Drilling

  • We're going to paint your tooth - Filling

  • Mr. Bumpy Slow Speed Drill

  • Were going to give your tooth a bath and clean out the sugar bugs with our Whistler. High Speed Drill

  • White Star Composite Filling

  • Protection Hat for Your Tooth Crown

 

We want your child's visit to our office to be a happy one. For your information, the first dental visit to Pediatric Dental Arts will include:

 

  • Meeting Dr. Burruezo and her staff and becoming oriented with the dental office.

  • Examining the erupted teeth for cavities, the gums for infection and other mouth tissues for abnormalities.

  • Evaluate occlusion, the way the teeth come together.

  • Checking for sufficient room for the permanent teeth.

  • Determining the effects of childhood habits (e.g., thumb-sucking, pacifiers, bottles, etc.)

  • Cleaning of teeth, flossing, scaling (as needed) and office fluoride treatment.

  • Obtaining x-ray films (only as needed) for diagnostic purposes (e.g., locating decay, infection in the bone, position and location of teeth, etc.) We have the newest and safest digital X-ray equipment and we are extremely skilled in making this procedure easy and fun for your child. The digital dental X-ray system is more sensitive than dental X-ray film systems, so your child's exposure to X-rays is cut by as much as 90 percent. Digital technology is safe not only for our patients, but also for our community because there are no chemicals or lead wrapper waste to dispose of into the environment. We also follow the guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Dental Association.

  • Consultation on diet; home care which consists of tooth brushing, tooth paste, flossing and fluoride treatment, oral habits; tooth brushing technique for your child; occlusion (bite); behavior management for home oral hygiene; and a diagnosis and treatment plan to be discussed with parent(s).

Bedminster Medical Plaza - One Robertson Drive Suite 12 - Bedminster, NJ 07921

info@pediatricdentalarts.com

Tel: 908.470.1700      Fax: 908.470.1701

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