New Patients

You do not require a referral to be seen by Kiddies Dental Care. All New patients are either seen by our Oral Health Therapists or Specialist Paediatric Dentists depending on the examination requirement.
Please allow 30 minutes for this appointment.

 

Currently you can utilise the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Sheme, however we do not BULK BILL and you will have a gap payment to pay. Please contact our friendly practice administrator team and they can advise you of all applicable fees

 

How to assist your child prior to their dental appointment

 

If your child has never visited a dentist before

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A child’s first dental visit will usually be the basis on which the child views the dental experience for the rest of his or her life. Adequately preparing a child for their first dental visit will help allay any fears they may have, and will also set in place guidelines that will lead to a lifetime free from serious oral problems.

 

Allaying Dental Fears

 

Children will not usually have a natural fear of the dentist; any fears they may have can only come from listening to other people’s dental experiences. When preparing your child for their first dental visit, it is vital not to use words or phrases that will instill a fear of the dentist. Do not use words such as needle, drill or hurt and do not use phrases such as, “Going to the dentist doesn’t hurt much.” Never use the dentist as a threat or as a punishment to the child, and do not let the child hear any stories of bad previous dental experiences from siblings.

 

Make the First Dental Visit an Enjoyable One

 

Always speak positively about dentists and going to the dentist. In spite of any negative encounters that you may have experienced, your child is going to enjoy coming to our office! Hearing parents, siblings and friends speak negatively, even the slightest comments or tone of voice, makes appointments more difficult for your child. You are your child’s greatest hero and positive role modelling is considered the most important facet to ensuring a positive visit.

 

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Children love to play and pretend

Practising a visit to the dentist at home can be a source of pleasure and a wonderful time of togetherness for you and your child.

 

Practice counting your child’s teeth.

 

Let your child know that the dentist will do the same. Lay your child back with their head in your lap. When on their back, have your child practice opening wide for the dentist. Use props such as toothbrushes; spoons make a perfect “dental mirror”. You can even let your child pretend that they are the dentist examining and counting your teeth.  In this way, you are providing your child with enough information to prepare for the dental visit and to help quiet their fears, while keeping it simple.
Although you may have adequately prepared your child for their first dental visit it is still not uncommon for young children to cry during their first dental exam due to unfamiliar surroundings and anxiety. Staying calm and relaxed and talking to the child will help allay their anxiety, At Kiddies Dental care we are very used to small children crying and will also be very supportive.

 

Preparing Your Child for Their First Dental Visit

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Do
  • Make the trip enjoyable, bring the child’s favourite toy along
  • Show by example, brush your teeth twice daily at the same time as your child
  • Play at dentists, show your child how the dentist will examine their teeth and then allow them to do the same to you
  • Read children’s books about the dentist with your child
  • Always answer truthfully any questions your child may have about the dentist
Don’t
  • Allow your child to hear any negative dental stories from other people
  • Use the dentist as a threat or punishment, but also do not use bribes in order for the visit to happen
  • Use words that may instil fear in the child such as needle, pain or hurt

If you have adequately prepared your child for their first dental visit then the trip should turn out to be an enjoyable experience for both the child and the parent. This in turn should lead to a lifetime without fear of regular dental visits, and hopefully, a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

There is a wealth of books and videos available that are specifically aimed at a child’s first dental visit. Many of the characters in the books and videos will be popular cartoon characters and these are very helpful as another aid to allaying any fears your child may have of visiting the dentist.

If your child had some negative experiences with other dentists before coming to see Kiddies Dental Care

 

Tell your child:

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  • We are seeing another dentist, not the same one as last time.
  • This time all you need to do is to sit in the special dental chair, have a little lie down, open your mouth for a few minutes to let the dentist see what’s in there with a special mirror.
  • You will not be getting any treatment at all.
  • I understand you may be a bit anxious, but I will be there with you for the whole time.
  • After having a look at your teeth, the dentist will do a lot of talking with mom and dad, and you can go to play with the toys or read a book.

 

A special treat afterwards always helps!