If it’s time for your child’s first dental visit, you want to take them to a dentist office that understands kids and their unique needs. Dr. Erik Rooklidge, a board-certified pediatric dentist, and our other fully trained dentists only treat children. You can rest assured our teams in both Sandy, UT and West Valley, UT have the experience you want when it comes to your little one’s smile.Your Child's First Dental Visit at Dentistry for Children Read Transcript
Children should usually come to see us, usually about age one. The Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and The Academy of Pediatric Medicine, or your pediatrician’s governing body, they both recommend six months after your first tooth comes in, which is usually around age one. At that point, they're small and they're very nervous to come in, usually. So usually, what we will do is we will have the parent come back, we’ll talk about what they are doing at that point with their kid, you know, “Are you brushing their teeth? What are they eating and drinking?” Talk about their health, is there any health issues we need to be worried about? Then, if they'll sit in the chair, we'll try to do an exam and cleaning, if they'll let us. Some kids are too nervous where they won't even sit in the chair. At that point, we'll have them sit on mom’s lap and I'll just—we’ll just kind of lean them back onto my knees and I'll take a quick look, make sure everything looks good. If we did find something, some cavities or something at that age, then we'll find a way to make it easier to accomplish fixing those problems.
To make their appointments more fun, we offer comfort options and amenities for children of all ages, including:
- Playhouses in our reception area
- Video game systems for your little ones to play with before seeing our team
- TVs in every care room for watching movies while we work
We treat tiny patients as young as a year old, including those with special needs. Contact Dentistry for Children today to schedule your child’s first appointment! Call either our Sandy dental office at 801-871-3008 or our West Valley dental office at 801-758-7119.
We Will Ensure Your Child’s Visit Is Positive
When you bring your little one to Dentistry for Children for the first time, we will do everything we can to make their “happy visit” a pleasant experience. We’ll make sure your child feels right at home. Plus, kids love taking brief tours of our office and getting to see some of the “cool” tools we use.
If your child needs a little extra help relaxing during their visit, we also offer options for dental sedation. Depending on their age, the treatment they need, and their level of fear, we may recommend:
- Inhaled sedation using laughing gas
- Oral conscious sedation in drink form
- IV sedation
By showing your children that there’s nothing to fear, we can help them have a positive association with the dentist for years to come. This will encourage them to maintain a beautiful smile and optimal oral health as they grow up.
Trust a Specially Trained Team With Your Child’s Smile
You’ll be happy to know that our calming and compassionate staff has undergone training in treating children to ensure positive visits for your little ones.
We will spend extra time with your kids during their initial dental visit so we can help them feel safe and comfortable. This will also allow us to get to know your children better and improve their quality of care.
For your child’s first dental visit, choose the kid-friendly experience offered at Dentistry for Children. Call us today to schedule their appointment at either of our Salt Lake City area locations: 801-871-3008 in Sandy, UT or 801-758-7119 in West Valley, UT.