CaringSmiles 4u | Parent Information in Indianapolis

                Juanita R. Taylor, DDS

                                        4615 Lafayette Rd.  Suite B
                                     Indianapolis, IN 46254

317-968-9700

Parent Information
 

Do parents stay with their child during the visit?

We encourage parents to accompany their child back to the hygiene bay during the first or initial exam visit.  This visit will allow you the opportunity to see how the staff and doctor works with your child(ren).  We believe this visit will help you to establish the trust in our staff and doctor that will ensure a positive dental experience. Our purpose is to gain your child’s confidence and overcome apprehension.  If treatment needs are identified on your child, if you choose, you may come with your child to the treatment room.  However, for the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.

Parental Guidelines

We want you and your child to receive the best possible treatment at our office while having fun!!!  We feel this is a joint process in which the parents will play a pivotal role.  Our dental treatment area serves multiple purposes.  We would like to clarify the function of the treatment area and how you can maximize the outcome for your child.  CaringSmiles 4u performs both non-invasive and invasive procedures simultaneously in the treatment areas.  Your child’s regular check-ups are considered non-invasive, while fillings and other dental procedures are considered invasive.                                                                                   

The dentist requires the same level of concentration as any other physician.  Minimum movement, conversation, and distractions in and about the treatment areas are crucial for optimal care of the children.  There are chairs available for your convenience that you may sit in to observe the treatment but it is expected that you not stand around the treatment chairs unless the doctor has asked you over to the chair.  We appreciate your cooperation as it is always our main focus to insure your child is receiving the best possible care.

You may choose whether or not to accompany your child to his/her hygiene/treatment appointment.  Although we have seen that most children’s behavior is improved without parents present, we are open to having you present with your child.  If you wish to be present, we suggest the following guidelines to improve chances of a positive outcome:  You can assist us by following a few guidelines:

  • Always remain positive to build the child’s confidence and reduce fears.  Please avoid telling your child they are getting a “shot,” a “tooth pulled,” or that it may “hurt.”  Also, it is important to not ask your child “Does it hurt?” during the treatment.  It is never the doctor’s intention of proceeding with treatment if the child is experiencing discomfort.  The doctor makes every attempt to have complete anesthesia during treatment.  
  • Please maintain minimal conversation with your child during procedures.  Support your child with touches instead.  This allows us to maintain direct communication with your child and minimizes the child turning his/her head to follow the parent’s voice.
  • Children often listen to their parents instead of us and may not hear our guidance intended to help them get through the appointment easily.
  • We may ask you to leave the treatment area momentarily in an attempt to improve behavior.
  • We will continue to support your child at all times and will not resort to rough or harsh tactics.  If at any time you feel uncomfortable, please, let us know.
  •  Additional siblings, over the age of two in the treatment room, may misunderstand what the dentist is doing. This could cause anxiety and fear in the future.  We recommend not having other siblings present for treatment appointments. 

Following these few simple guidelines will help us insure the best possible results for your child.  Again, thank you for your support and cooperation.