Get yourself and your child ready for their first visit with our dentists.
At GoSmiles Dentistry, we make it a priority to help our patients have a positive and enjoyable dental experience regardless of age or prior experiences with the dentist. Our dentists and team are friendly and gentle with our young patients so that we can help each individual establish a positive association with dentistry. Being nervous is perfectly normal, and there are lots of things you can do as a parent to help your child feel at ease prior to visiting our office.
If your child is old enough, you should speak with them about the upcoming visit and tell them that the dentist and team will explain all of the treatments at the office and will happily answer their questions. Make your conversation about the upcoming visit less about procedures and more about the friendly team that will work with them. Avoid using words that could potentially cause unnecessary stress for your child, like needle, shot, pull, drill or hurt. Our team chooses to use words that convey the message of the procedure without creating frightening associations.
You are welcome to stay with your child during the first examination so they can feel at ease with our team. In subsequent appointments, we recommend allowing your child to go to the treatment room with only our team while you wait in the lobby. Experience has shown that our young patients are able to establish a closer level of comfort and higher rapport when the parents are not in the room. This helps your child become more confident and less apprehensive. Should you choose to join your child in the treatment room during future appointments, you will be welcome to do so. However, for safety and privacy reasons, we ask that children who are not being treated remain in the lobby with a supervising adult.
To learn more about our pediatric dentistry in Herndon, Virginia, call 703-689-3900 to speak with a member of our team.