Well, I think that our office was built on a family. My father being a dentist, myself, my partner is, my cousin, my nephew is at the practice as well. We know how important family is and how much one trust a family. When you bring a family in to the practice, we see the children, we see the teenagers, we see the adults. You don't turf you out to different specialists. We try to care for and keep everyone in one place. It saves you time. It keeps you from running all over the place. Also there are times when you can see family traits and we get to know the family and we know the habits of the family. Sometimes we can preempt some problems because we've seen others in the family and we see what they're alike, and we can treat things accordingly.
I love families. I just love having a whole dad, mom and kids. It's a good feeling to know that we can care for the whole community all at one time. I think a lot of people enjoy that as well because we can talk to each of them about their own family. They know as much about their siblings as they even know about their parents a lot of times and we get a lot of good information now.
Is family dentistry different from general dentistry?
The answer to this question is not a simple yes or no. Family dentistry is different from general dentistry in a few ways. The first is that family dentists will see young children, while some general dentists may see older kids and adults only. The second is that family dentists tailor some procedures specifically to younger patients. However, both dentists typically offer the same services. Our dentists will be happy to explain the nuances of the pediatric care we provide.
How old does my child need to be before coming to S&G Family Dentistry?
S&G Family Dentistry will see children as young as 18 months old, by which point they have developed their first few teeth. This way, we can keep a close eye on their dental development and catch any issues early on before they become a real problem. This also helps us build rapport with your child from a young age. We can help them develop healthy dental habits and keep their smiles safe from danger through adulthood.
What can I do to help my child have a good experience at the dentist?
It starts with helping them be comfortable in the office. Bring them with you for your dental appointments so that you can set a good example for them. Show them that there is nothing to be afraid of at the dentist, and that we are here to help you. The relationship we can begin building when they are young will go a long way toward helping them have a healthy outlook on going to the dentist as well.
Do I have to be present during my child’s dental appointment?
If your child is comfortable in the chair and able to sit for treatment, there is no reason you have to stay in the room. You can wait in our comfortable lobby or, better yet, get your dental care done at the same time. With our office space and ample staff, we are able to treat a family of four or five simultaneously. This saves you valuable time and gets you back out doing what you want and need to do.
Is your office kid-friendly?
Yes! We have a TV dedicated to showing kid-friendly, kid-appropriate programing, and we also have a prize drawer for kids to choose a treasure from after their appointment. This is a great way to encourage your little ones to look forward to the dentist and see our office as a positive place to go.