Can I come back with my child?

Why do you need to take xrays?

Is laughing gas safe?

It is our firm belief that parents need to be present at their child's dental visit. We encourage every parent to accompany their child back for both cleaning and treatment appointments. We feel this allows for a more comforting environment for both patient and parent. In addition, this provides a much more successful and cohesive environment for patient education.

Shoemaker pediatric dentistry will only prescribe radiographs when necessary for proper diagnosis and treatment of your child. We closely follow the guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry which can be found here:

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http://www.aapd.org/media/Policies_Guidelines/E_Radiographs.pdf

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recognizes nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation as a safe and effective technique to reduce anxiety, control pain, and enhance effective communication between a patient and dentist. We may recommend nitrous for younger, fearful or anxious patients. Your child will be completely awake during the procedure and will return to normal almost immediately afterwards.

When should I take my child for their first visit?

Children should visit the dentist by their first birthday. It is important that your child's newly-erupted teeth (erupting at 6-12 months of age) receive proper dental care and benefit from proper oral hygiene habits right from the beginning.