What to expect?

The first visit is very important to establish a good relationship between us and your child. It is necessary that your child becomes with our office and comfortable with our staff in the infant stage when the teeth start to appear.

For a new patient, Dr Shirole and staff will spend time in getting to know your child and make it comfortable. We would then teach and make them understand the importance of dental health and hygiene. We would make demonstrations and explain the procedure in a fun and easy way. An office visit will include thorough oral examination, digital X-Rays if required and a cleaning session with fluoride application.

A total review of your child’s medical health will be done with special attention given to their special needs and concerns. Complicated procedures if any would be done later on, when your child becomes comfortable with the office. The first with to our clinic would be concluded with an office tour.

We look forwards to your visit, and assure you that your child will have a comfortable and interesting experience at our office.

Preparing your child

Parents should not make a big deal out of the visit. One of the most important thing you can do for your child while preparing for their first dental visit is to make sure you are positive about the experience and don’t impose any of your fears on them. We are experienced in dealing with children with anxiety and can explain treatment procedures in a positive and pleasant manner to avoid any anxious or negative feelings toward dentistry. Please understand that children look to their parents to help determine if a new situation is going to be OK or if they should worry. Saying something as simple as “don’t worry” or “it won’t hurt” introduces the concepts of “worry” and “hurt”. Unfortunately, your child will not process the word “don’t” and will only hear your concern and apprehension.

Explain to your child that he dentist is a friendly doctor that helps take care of teeth. We find that it is more positive and productive to explain to your child that they are going to see your “friend” the dentist.

Don’t use words like “needle” or “drill.”
On the day of the visit, say only, “We are going to my friend the dentist, and he cleans and counts teeth.” If your child asks other questions, answer honestly that you don’t know, “…but you can ask the dentist.” Chances are that this is true since rarely do any two children require exactly the same treatment, and it is impossible to predict what your child will require until we meet.

One should never allow your child to hear stories about experiences of others with dentists – good or bad! Do not offer treats or bribes of any kind for “being good”! Bribes tend to indicate to children that something unpleasant is about to happen, and that actually tends to create more apprehension. Think about it. You never have to bribe your child to go someplace nice, so why bribe your child to go to the dentist?
One should not make promises as to what the dentist “will only do” or, “will not do”. If some other treatment is necessary, then your child will feel that we have been deceitful.

We find that it is more positive and productive to explain to your child that they are going to see your “friend” the dentist. It is helpful to tell them that the dentist will count their teeth, brush their teeth with a special toothbrush, and take some pictures with a special camera. You can also let them know that we have stickers and prizes to give to all our “good helpers”. This positive wording allows your child to be prepared and ready for a positive, fun dental visit.

If your child has any questions that you do not know how to answer, be honest and tell them “I don’t know, we will have to ask your “friend”, the dentist when we get there.”

Behaviour concerns

Most children who are old enough to understand what is going on (older than three) behave very well during their examination. You can assure your child before their visit that we will show them and tell them about everything we do before we do it. Children usually do quite well with this approach and can relax knowing that there will not be any unpleasant surprises.

Children who are extremely nervous, have special needs, or are too young to understand what is going on may cry. Please understand that this is their way of telling you that they would rather be somewhere else. For these children we may enlist your help during the exam. We want the experience to be positive for your child and we will do what needs to be done in a caring and efficient manner. If your child seems particularly anxious or non-compliant Dr. Shirol will discuss with you numerous options for helping to manage this behavior for future appointments so that their experiences are as positive as possible.