Information for New Dental Patients
Welcome to Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry! Our team can’t wait to meet your entire family and help your son or daughter start smiling brighter. Here, you’ll find plenty of important information about what to expect when becoming the newest members of the dental office, including all of the necessary paperwork. Any questions or concerns? No problem – just contact us directly here in Lincoln, NE.
Your First Dental Visit
It is best to schedule your child's first dental appointment as soon as their first tooth appears. This first visit should be treated as importantly as a well-baby check-up with the child’s pediatrician. It is a good idea to have the first dental visit within six months after the first tooth appears, but no later than your child’s first birthday. It is always better to meet Dr. Marty when your child is having no dental problems - don’t wait until an emergency arises.
Having a "Happy Visit" checkup at this age connects your child to a dental home. This teaches them early on that the dental office isn't a scary place to visit, especially when they visit regularly year after year. This also helps Dr. Marty get to know your child and to be able to better understand your family’s specific needs, so he can provide the best care.
First Appointment Expectations
After we’ve gotten our new patient and their parent checked in at the front desk, you’ll be called back together to the consultation room, whether Dr. Marty will introduce himself and want to discuss important information like their oral health history, their diet, age-appropriate dental care, and any questions or concerns you (the parent) may have. Then, it’s time for a gentle exam, fluoride treatment, refreshing cleaning, and all of the necessary X-rays. We’ll end the visit by discussing any potential concerns or signs of damage that need further attention before sending your family on their merry way. We hope this will be the first visit of many!
What will Dr. Marty do during the first visit?
- Gain a good understanding of your child's health history
- Perform a complete oral exam, checking for growth and development, oral hygiene, injuries, cavities or other problems
- Report to you any concerns or risks your child may have of developing tooth decay
- Clean the teeth and provide at-home oral health care tips
- Review feeding practices that may lead to tooth decay
- Discuss common dental injuries and what to do if one happens
- Discuss teething, pacifier use, or thumb sucking habits
- Diagnose and explain treatment if needed and schedule the next check-up
New Patient Forms
If you’d like to save a few extra minutes in our waiting room (as fun as it is), parents can get a head start on all of the necessary paperwork by downloading it at the link below. Just print out the pages at home and complete them whenever you have a few free minutes! Then, just bring them with you to the dental office and hand them over to the front desk team. As a result, we’ll be able to invite your son or daughter back to the treatment chair in record time.
- New Patient Forms - If your child is a new or returning patient please complete and bring these forms.
- Recall form - If your child is an existing patient and someone other than the parent/guardian will bring them, please sign and send it with your child .
- Treatment Consent Form - If you are unable to attend a treatment appointment with your child, please complete this form and send it with your child.
*If you are not planning to attend the appointment with your child, we will need to have the forms as described above completed and signed by the child's parent/legal guardian before we will be able to examine or treat him/her.