Congratulations on making your child’s year one visit! This easy prevention focused appointment is the first step in establishing a lifetime of healthy smiles. Completing your new patient paperwork prior to your appointment is highly recommended. The appointment usually lasts between 40-60 minutes minutes and the majority of the time is spent educating the caregivers while little ones are free to sit with their families or play with a variety of toys and books.
During your appointment, team members will review normal oral development, healthy eating habits, effective brushing techniques, how cavities form and how to prevent them. For most babies and toddlers, we use a lap exam position for the checkup. This position allows for your child to stay close to you while allowing the doctor easy access to look in the mouth. After the examination, the doctor will discuss your child’s oral development and any recommendations to stay cavity free.
We understand that younger children may feel anxious about visiting the dentist. Our kid friendly staff is passionate about making your child feel secure in our office. We want to make your child’s visit a good experience and we can use your help! Here are some simple Do’s and Don’ts we recommend that can help set things on the right path before your visit.
The office attempts to schedule appointments at your convenience and when time is available. Preschool children should be seen in the morning because they are fresher and we can work more slowly with them for their comfort. School children with a lot of work to be done should be seen in the morning for the same reason. Dental appointments are an excused absence. Missing school can be kept to a minimum when regular dental care is continued.
Since appointed times are reserved exclusively for each patient we ask that you please notify our office 48 hours in advance of your scheduled appointment time if you are unable to keep your appointment. A fee of $75 will be charged to patients who do not provide 48 hours notice to cancel an appointment and a fee of $125 will be charged to patients who do not come to their appointment and do not provide any prior notice (no show). Repeated instances of missing appointments may result in dismissal from the practice.
We want to establish cooperation and trust between your child and our team. This relationship helps us to establish a closer rapport with your child while building his/her confidence in our office. Parents are welcome to accompany their children during their appointment; however, in certain instances we may ask you to play the role of a silent observer.
At the time of receiving dental treatment, payment for professional services is expected. Our team will make every effort to offer a treatment plan that aligns with your schedule and financial situation, while ensuring that your child receives optimal care. We accept various forms of payment, including cash, personal checks, debit cards, and major credit cards.
As a courtesy to our patients, we will file your dental claims with your dental insurance so you don’t have to. If you would like to utilize any dental insurance benefits, we request that you provide our office with your child’s dental insurance information prior to your appointment, so the information can be verified. We encourage you to become familiar with your own dental insurance plan because not all information is made available to us as a third party to your plan. We strive to provide an accurate estimate for any anticipated out-of-pocket costs, but this is provided as a courtesy, not as a guarantee of coverage and payment. Any amount not paid by your insurance company will be your responsibility, whether or not the amount differs from the original estimate.
We recommend treatment based on care needed, not insurance coverage. We do not have control over what or how much is covered, excluded, or denied. Most insurance plans have deductibles, copays, maximums, frequency limitations, downgrading, and networks that can lead to out of pocket expenses. We are available to help guide you if insurance coverage is a concern. For a more accurate estimate, a pre-authorization/pre-determination can be requested from your insurance. If interested, we can help submit one for you. If you have any questions regarding insurance, please ask.