We are always happy to see children, even the reluctant ones!
We welcome and are always pleased to see our young patients, both existing and new. We have a small area in the waiting room where younger children can entertain themselves quietly with reading, drawing, puzzle and colouring material. We reward children with stickers, for co-operating in the surgery.
AT WHAT AGE SHOULD I START TAKING MY CHILD TO THE DENTIST?
Understandably parents often ask this question. It is recommended that your child should have their first examination at the age of three. However, we are more than happy to see them from the age of two. It must be appreciated however, that two year olds are often too young to co-operate with the dentist. However, at the end of a parents appointment for themselves and if arranged with reception previously, a quick ride in the dentists chair and an attempt at getting them to show their teeth to the dentist, is often all it needs to encourage stress free visits in the future.
CAN I ACCOMPANY MY CHILD WHILST TREATMENT IS CARRIED OUT?
Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at the practice but not necessarily in the treatment area.
WHAT IF MY CHILD IS TOO STRESSED TO CO-OPERATE?
We put a lot of emphasis on making children's appointments and treatment as comfortable and pleasant as possible. However, every child and each situation is different and occasionally a child may be in too much pain or is too stressed to allow the dentist to carry out treatment. The dentist, in consultation with the parent, will make a decision, in the best interest of the child at the time. If the child is not in pain or is not exhibiting any symptoms it may be wise to defer the appointment for another time. With more encouragement and on going maturity the child may co-operate at a future appointment. Many of our nervous adult patients are dental phobic due to a bad experience in the dentist chair in childhood. We go to great lengths to avoid doing this to our young patients.
If a stressed and un-cooperative child is in pain or needs dental treatment which they make impossible to carry out, we will refer them to the local NHS dental hospital where treatment can be performed under a general anesthetic.
COST OF CHILDRENS APPOINTMENTS.
Whilst treatment costs remain the same for children and adults, we give a reduced rate for child examinations. We also offer a reduced rate for children under our Denplan scheme.