Today’s families have more to do than ever. At Smilepoint Dental, we make it a priority to see our patients on time. That is why we never overbook patients. We suggest you consider family block appointments because everyone can be seen on the same day. Large families have found this type of scheduling very helpful because our family block appointments help relieve the stress they face when trying to plan professional dental care for the entire family.
Our staff loves children! We want to make your children’s visit a happy experience. We have a play area in the lobby, cartoons on the ceiling TV when they sit in the dental chair, and a comfortable blanket or stuffed toy to cuddle with. If your children are still anxious and our dentist deems it safe, there is the option of having them breathe laughing gas. Shots are scary! Our high-tech equipment allows us to perform some pediatric fillings without shots. All our care is provided with a gentle touch, and your kids are rewarded with a trip to the goodie area when it is all over!
Your concerns about the comfort and safety of your child can make choosing a dentist a difficult choice. Children should go to the dentist for regular check-ups instead of presenting only when pain is experienced. A good dentist will work at an age appropriate level. You can make a dental appointment an enjoyable and fuss-free one by preparing your child to his or her first dental visit. It is important not to project your own fears and anxiety on your child. You can learn more tips here. Rapport between your child and the dentist should built at the first visit. Being comfortable with the dentist at a young age is important in maintaining good oral health as your child grows and enters teenage and subsequently, adult years. Parents will be involved when appropriate. The dentist also plays a part in educating parents on diet and oral hygiene habits (brushing, flossing and the use of fluoride toothpaste) for young children. Before you leave the clinic, you should have an idea of your child’s dental development, your responsibilities as a parent and any follow-up care by the dentist. Together, you and your dentist can ensure your child has excellent oral health. Children may be anxious in dental chair if they had a previous traumatic experience. Sometimes, children may be uncooperative.
We find it extremely important for children to have a great experience at their dental visits. This helps build an important life-long positive view of taking care of their oral health. We treat children with the utmost sensitive care possible with the goal of no pain or tears at their visit. We have distraction techniques, we play cartoons on the ceiling television above their chair, we offer positive reinforcement throughout their time with us, and we have sedation options available if needed. We also use a high strength numbing gel. Your child’s safety and comfort will be a top priority during their visit.
At SmilePoint Dental, we believe that all our patients have the right to feel relaxed. That is why we offer sedation dentistry. This is medicine that lets you rest comfortably as we attend to your teeth. We will have completed treatment by the time you are wide awake, letting you use that scented towel to wipe your face and leave the practice feeling happy.
Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is another option to help you feel at ease. This is a great option for children and teenagers who get dental anxiety. Laughing gas can also be a great choice for patients with mental and physical impairments.
We will review your health history, medication, habits, and other factors to decide the best sedation option for you. We educate you on how sedation will work before your visit to our office. Your safety and comfort are always our top priority