1103 Walnut Drive West, Ardmore, OK 73401 | Phone: 580-226-6290
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First Visit

Boy Brushing - Pediatric Dentists in Ardmore, OK 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.

What to Expect

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 encourage parents to be with their children for the first examination visit. This will assure your children of a “safe” and friendly environment for their first appointment, and the parent can view our office to observe how the staff performs. Our staff will review your child’s health history with you. Your child will be introduced to our dental team and allowed time to become comfortable before the examination. Low dose digital x-rays may be taken to determine your child’s present dental condition. The dentist will examine and evaluate the oral health of your child. Findings and recommendations will be discussed with you, including an estimate of the cost of diagnosed treatment. Services are then scheduled for a return appointment. It is our policy to make definitive financial arrangements before treatment begins.

For future visits we respectfully request that parents remain in the reception room while we care for your child. Our goal is to gain your child’s confidence and help him/her to overcome any apprehension. We have learned that we can establish a direct and close relationship more quickly with your child when you remain in the reception area.

Many patients prefer to come to the treatment area on their own, and experience has shown that most children over the age of three cooperate much better when they are treated as “BIG KIDS.” Our staff members are proficient and experienced in helping children overcome anxiety and will accompany your child throughout the visit. Some children cry when separated from their parents, particularly in a new environment. Allow our professionals to work their magic with your child! Once your child understands that we’re friendly and we keep them comfortable, they’ll become one of our “regulars” who can’t wait to come back!

Our office provides the following options for the anxious patient: nitrous oxide; oral conscious sedation; IV sedation; and when necessary, general anesthesia in an out-patient or hospital setting.

Healthy Smiles

Make sure that your child does not go to bed with anything except water in his or her bottle. Older children should drink plenty of water, as well, and you must limit their sugary beverages. Energy drinks packed with sugar, erosive juices, and colas contribute to cavities, as well as acid erosion. Crunchy fruits and vegetables will help clean your children’s teeth and contribute minerals and vitamins essential for overall health. After your child eats, he should always rinse the mouth with water or brush his teeth. Children should brush their teeth twice a day, morning and night, with an ADA-approved toothpaste. Young children need parents to assist with brushing so that the teeth, tongue, and soft oral tissues are cleaned properly. Children should floss once a day.

Payment Policy

Please be aware that the parent/guardian bringing the patient to our office is legally responsible for payment of all charges. We accept cash, personal checks, Visa MasterCard and Discover. If you have dental insurance, please bring your child’s insurance card to each visit. As a courtesy, we electronically submit insurance claims. Without dental insurance, your payment is due in full at time of service. With dental insurance, your payment is due at time of service for all estimated portions of charges, deductibles, co-pays, and non-covered services. If your insurance company has not paid within 45 days, your balance is due in full.

Questions?

We appreciate that you have entrusted your child’s dental care to Pediatric Dental Associates. We sincerely hope that you and your child will find all visits to our office comfortable and rewarding. We value your referral of family and friends. If at any time you have questions, please call our office 580-226-6290.