New experiences can be scary for our new little patients, and for new parents! Explorer Pediatric Dentistry is welcoming to new patients and committed to providing a pleasant experience.
New experiences can be scary for our new little patients, and for new parents! We are here to help reduce the anxiety of a first dental visit. The AAPD recommends, “The first examination is recommended at the time of the eruption of the first tooth and no later than 12 months of age.” We like to examine the little ones to assure new parents of normal growth and development. We provided a gentle examination of the teeth, jaw, gums and oral tissue often while your baby is still on your lap. We guide you in the best practices for healthy habits at home. Depending on your child’s comfort level and age, we may provide a gentle dental cleaning.
The first visit can help answer any questions you may have regarding your child’s oral health. Sometimes newborns are referred to our office for issues with the oral tissue development, such as tongue ties. We will examine your baby and help you make an informed decision on the best choices for you and your baby. Please fill out the New Patient Form and contact us for an appointment!
Special Needs Patients
Dr. Julie is specially trained in meeting the dental needs of children and young adults with special needs. When calling to make your child’s appointment, please let the staff know your child’s needs and any medications. The team at Explorer will help address any concerns and work to meet any arrangements your child may need, such as a room without distractions. You are welcome to schedule a complementary site visit to familiarize your child with the team, sites, and sounds of the office. This can help make the first visit less anxious and happier!
Emergency First Visit
Trauma to the head may need immediate attention. If your child is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. If your child faces a dental emergency that is not life-threatening, please call us immediately. Dr. Julie is dedicated to helping your child if an emergency should arise. She understands that urgency and efficiency in a traumatic incident can help prevent future problems.
Sometimes your general or family dentist will refer your child to our office to take care of a certain need or problem. This may be to address cavities, infections, tongue ties or behavior issues. We are happy to help! Dr. Julie has specialized training in working with children, sometimes just being in a child-friendly environment may make the experience easier.. Explorer Pediatric Dentistry also offers nitrous oxide (also known as “laughing gas” or “happy air”) to ease minor anxiety for small procedures. And we offer in-office I.V. sedations with a mobile anesthesiologist for more significant dental fear or problems. After an examination, Dr. Julie and the team at Explorer can work with you to determine the best, safest, most comfortable option for you and your child!