Child's First Dental Visit at Dr. Sheva Nickravesh DDS, PC. | Pediatric Dental Care Office in Redding, California

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.
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The child's 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 anxiety concerning the dental visit, the better the outcome.

Child Dental Exam

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. 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. Our front office team relays how your child during your visit.

Our goal is to make a visit to our dental office an enjoyable experience!

For your convenience, you can fill out all of your patient forms electronically prior to your first visit. In addition, you may use these forms to update your information every year before you come to the office.