First Visit

What to Expect

Please fill out the New Patient forms for each child prior to this first visit. When you arrive for your child’s first visit, please make sure to have your insurance card and identification available. Also, if your referring dentist gave you a referral slip and/or x-rays, please bring those with you and/or make arrangements to have these emailed to our office.

We take the time to get to know you and your child at this first appointment. We take the time because we know that first impressions last a lifetime!

Each child is different, so we tailor the first dental experience to each child. We will help your child learn about what happens at the dentist by telling, showing and doing. Many parents are surprised about how much children let us do!

We will make sure you understand your child’s dental health and the importance of preventing dental decay.

Referral Patients

There are many reasons why children are referred to a pediatric dentist. Most times it is because there is a dental need that can best be addressed by a specialist in a pediatric focused atmosphere.

The first visit for a referral patient will be a consultation with Dr. Day, where she will perform an exam, take x-rays if needed, get to know your child, discuss what treatment your child needs and determine the best way to do this treatment. This exam is a billable service.

Your child will then return to have the treatment provided. It has been our experience that performing treatment on a future date ensures the best chance for success because your child will be well rested and all the administrative details (development of the treatment plan, discussion of your financial obligations, and coordination of insurance benefits) have been discussed.

Same day treatment may be provided in dental emergencies and/or cases of severe pain.

Our goal is to provide you and your child with the most positive dental experience

 

Happy Tooth Visit

Sunny Day Pediatric Dentistry offers free exams to children 24 months and younger. “Happy Tooth” visits are a great way for parents and their children to get acquainted with our practice, meet Dr. Day and ask any questions they might have.

Many parents don’t know their children need to visit a pediatric dentist in the first year of life, which leaves a large number of infants potentially vulnerable to tooth decay and disease. Tooth decay can begin as early as the teeth begin to emerge, typically at six months, and often progresses rapidly. Left untreated, it can destroy tiny teeth and lead to needless pain and suffering, infection, loss of function, increased health care costs and lifelong health consequences.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics all recommend a dental visit for children by age one.

The year one dental visit can actually save money. A study in the journal Pediatrics showed that children who have their first dental visit before age one have 40 percent lower dental costs in their first five years than children who do not, due to the cost of dental and medical procedures that may be necessary as a result of poor oral health.

Children who wait to have their first dental visit until age two or three are more likely to require fillings and emergency visits.

Only specialists in pediatric dentistry have the unique education and training required to care for children’s developmental needs. Following dental school, pediatric dentists have two-to-three years of specialty training, with an emphasis on child psychology, growth and development. Pediatric dentists’ education also focuses on care for at-risk and special needs children.