Your child’s first dentist appointment shouldn’t be scary. It should be a pleasant, fun experience. At Children’s Sedation Dentist of Las Vegas, that’s our mission – to make children, infants, toddlers, and their families feel at home.
As experts in pediatric dentistry, our compassionate staff has worked with thousands of children. Some are nervous about the dentist. Others are not. But every young patient who visits us leaves feeling that they’ve made new friends.
A Toddler’s First Dentist Appointment
Every child should visit the dentist before they celebrate their first birthday. It’s a great way to set them down the path to lifelong oral health – a cornerstone of overall wellness.
Before that first visit, prepare your child by talking about brushing their teeth every morning and every night. Be there to encourage them to follow through. Toddlers rely on parental guidance, so spending time with them on this important aspect of daily dental health reinforces the message.
Be sure to explain that your child’s first dentist appointment is special and the first step in a lifelong journey of self-care. Let them know that the dentist is their friend, helping them to grow up strong and healthy.
Trust is Crucial
There’s no question that parents want to take their child to a dentist they can trust. Trust is one of the most important ingredients in any relationship, and when you’re talking about your child’s oral health, trust is crucial.
At Children’s Sedation Dentist of Las Vegas, we’re committed to establishing that trust with children and families, creating the foundation of lifelong relationships. When you come to Children’s Sedation Dentist, you’re visiting established and renowned pediatric dentists with superior expertise and experience.
We work with parents and children to earn and establish that trust. We want your toddler’s first dentist appointment to be a great experience and we want parents to feel confident that their child is receiving the highest level of dental care.
What to Expect
A child’s first dentist appointment is a chance for your child to get to know the dentist and office support staff, and to get comfortable with them. The dentist will examine your child’s mouth to analyze the integrity of their teeth, their bite, gums, and the alignment of the jaw.
Preventative care may also be part of that first visit. Some parents opt to treat their child’s teeth with fluoride to prevent cavities or even to perform a cleaning. But the most important aspect of your toddler’s first dentist appointment is getting comfortable with the dentist’s office and the people who work there.
Our staff will also want to know more about your child and will answer any questions parents have. Proper brushing techniques and the role of sugar in tooth decay will also be discussed. Getting everyone on the same page is a great place to start your child on the road to lifelong oral health.
That first appointment is also the ideal opportunity to set up the next. All children should visit the dentist every six months (twice a year). Regular visits to the dentist ensure that problems are identified early and treated before they become bigger problems.
Late to the Dental Care Party?
Children’s Sedation Dentist knows that not everyone brings their child to the dentist as early as recommended. But that’s no reason not to come. We’re not here to judge. We’re here to help and to heal.
Some parents may be facing financial pressures, and we’ve got a plan for that. We’re proud providers of Nevada’s Liberty Medicaid program offering parents many insurance options.
Every child should have access to expert pediatric dentistry, so we’ve made it accessible. That includes Saturday appointments so that your toddler’s first dentist appointment fits seamlessly into your schedule. And with ten convenient locations in the greater Las Vegas area, it’s never been easier to get your little one to the dentist.
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
What will happen during my toddler’s first dental appointment?
Your infant or toddler’s first dental appointment begins with questions about your child’s medical and oral health history. You will also be given an opportunity to discuss any questions you have as a parent or any symptoms your child may have been experiencing. It is also the time when pediatric dentists speak with parents about teething, proper brushing techniques, and avoiding beverages that contain sugar.
What if my child is older and they’ve never been to the dentist?
If you’ve never brought your child to a dentist before, now is the time. There are no worries when you visit Children’s Sedation Dentist! We’ll get your child’s oral health back on track— no judgment here! Our offices are some of the best places for your child’s first dentist visit at any age.
Depending on your child’s age, the dentist may visually examine their teeth and gums for signs of decay or other complications. Older kids may have their teeth cleaned and x-rayed for closer examination. Dentists often use this appointment as an opportunity to speak with parents about brushing, flossing, and the importance of fluoride. The dentist will then help you establish a regular schedule of oral care for your child.
How often should my child visit the dentist?
Children with healthy mouths and teeth typically need to visit the dentist every six months for routine check-ups and preventative care, such as cleanings and fluoride treatments. However, your child’s dentist may recommend an alternate schedule that better accommodates your child’s needs.
How do I choose a dentist for my child?
Parents must be selective in choosing a dentist for their children. Though any dentist is capable of caring for your child’s teeth, a pediatric dentist specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents. Pediatric dentists know how to relate to children and how to make them feel comfortable in the dental chair.
Insurance & Medicaid
You should need to worry about insurance for your toddler or child’s first dentist appointment. We accept many kinds of insurance coverage, including Medicaid, to help as many Las Vegas-area children and families as we can.
A Leader in The Pediatric Dentistry
Children’s Sedation Dentist of Las Vegas is the local leader in pediatric dentistry, offering families and children unparalleled excellence and thoughtful, compassionate care. We invite you to schedule your child’s first dentist appointment with Children’s Sedation Dentist of Las Vegas.