How to Prepare Your Child

We recommend explaining to your child that the dentist is a friend who wants to help him or her take care of their teeth. Let them know that the dentist will count their teeth, clean them with a special, funny toothbrush and will take some pictures of their teeth.

Always use positive words when describing their upcoming visit and avoid words that may make them nervous or anxious, such as "shot," "hurt," "pull," or "pain."

If you expect that your child will need sedation during their visit, please do not allow them to eat or drink for 6 to 8 hours prior to their appointment.