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New Patient Forms

Here’s some common forms we’ll need filled out during a New Patient appointment. You can download/print the forms from the links below:

Getting your child ready for their appointment

Our goal is to make every appointment as fun and easy as we can! We love hearing our patients tell their parents that they’re excited to come back and see us. As a parent, you are a vital part of the team to help make their appointment successful. Before the appointment, please discuss the positive aspects of dentistry with your child. One way to convey good feelings to your child about dental visits is to remind them that going to the dentist is a sign that they are “growing up”. You can explain that the doctors will count their teeth, as well as take pictures of his/her teeth. Please do not tell your child that the “dentist will not hurt” as this may never have entered his/her mind. Instead, you may wish to assure your child that the doctors will be gentle and friendly. Also, please avoid using words needle, shot, pull, or any other words suggesting unpleasantness. Expect your child to do well and enjoy their visit to our office and chances are he/she will do exactly that!

Dr. Sentelle and Dr. Rubin

Child-Friendly Terms

To limit any anxiety that your child might have about the appointment, we want to use child-friendly terms to explain the instruments and procedures that may be involved.  Here is a list of terms that we have found will allow you to explain what will happen at your child’s appointment without overwhelming them.

Normal Dental Term vs Child-Friendly Term

Examination - Count teethRadiographs or x-rays - PicturesExplorer or sharp instrument - Tooth counterSuction - Mr. Thirsty or Thirsty StrawCavities/Decay - Sugar BugsFluoride treatment - Tooth vitaminsLaughing gas/Nitrous Oxide - Magic airShot or use a needle - Bubble or Spray sleepy juiceMouth prop - Tooth chair or pillowRubber dam - Raincoat or Tooth trampolineClamp - Tooth ringDrill/Handpiece - Tooth whistler/ Tooth washerFillings/Restorations - Paint or polishPull or yank the tooth - Wiggle the toothA topical anesthetic - Tooth jellyNumb - Tooth is sleeping/taking a nap

At your appointment, our staff will review the health history form with you. You and your child will be introduced to our dental team and invited to tour the office. One of our Board Certified Pediatric Dentists will perform a head and neck examination and then evaluate the health of the teeth, gums and your child’s bite. Dental radiographs are taken only as the doctors feel would be necessary. Additional services will be scheduled for a later visit.

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