Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Meredith Papadea, serving infants, children and teens in Pawleys Island, SC
First Visit - Pediatric Dentist in Pawleys Island, SC

Download Patient FormsOur office, as well as the The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a "Dental Home" for your child by one year of age. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.

The Dental Home is intended to provide a place other than the Emergency Room for parents.

You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. If old enough, your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The less to-do concerning the visit, the better.

It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as "needle", "shot", "pull", "drill" or "hurt". The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.

We invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination. During future appointments, we suggest you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. We can usually establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present. Our purpose is to gain your child's confidence and overcome apprehension. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult. 

If your child is not quite ready for a "complete first visit" (cleaning, fluoride, and x-rays), do not be discouraged.  The dental office can be a scary and unfamiliar place to many children.  Our team is trained to identify the needs of your child and adapt the first visit as necessary.  Many children respond well to a Field Trip visit with lots of touching, pushing buttons, and explanations; but not a cleaning.  Other children are too young or too anxious to respond to any of our techniques.  Crying and/or struggling from these patients is expected and completely ok.

We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!

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