It is very important to make the first visit as positive and enjoyable for your child as possible. We want your child to enjoy getting to know our office and be comfortable at all times. A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease during future dental visits. Parents should not make a big deal out of the visit and refrain from using any words that could cause unnecessary fear, such as “needle”, “hurt”, or “drill” (some parents try to reassure their children by telling them, “It won’t hurt”—this rarely works since in most cases, the only word the child hears is “hurt”!). We are experienced in dealing with children with anxiety and can explain treatment procedures in a positive and pleasant manner to avoid any anxious or negative feelings toward dentistry. It is normal for very young children to cry during their first few visits. This will not cause them to fear the dentist, and in fact makes future visits easier, since they’ll be returning to a familiar place!