Your First Visit
Our 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. However, if you choose, you are more than welcome to accompany your child to the treatment room. 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.We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!
Pediatric dentistry is an area of specialization that focuses on the treatment of children from birth to adolescence with a concentration on growth, development, and behavioral guidance for both healthy and special needs children. Dr. Clint Rau is specially trained to care for children using methods that promote strong foundations in prevention and home care. Prevention and education are important in our practice, and we take seriously that you and your child need to understand how to take charge of and protect your child’s oral health. We are always available to answer questions about your child’s dental needs and the services we can provide for you child’s ideal treatment. We offer a wide range of services to meet the needs of your child, including:
- Comprehensive Examinations
- Diagnostic and Preventative Services (Sealants/Fluoride)
- Restorative Procedures (Fillings/Crowns)
- Limited Endodontic (root canal) treatment for children/adolescents
- Cosmetic Procedures
- Emergency Care/Trauma
- Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
- Hospital Dentistry under General Anesthesia