Before Your Visit
Most routine dental visits to Silver and Dobbin involve a cleaning, along with dental examination. If we feel it’s necessary, we may order x-rays to give us a better picture of your oral health. X-rays are helpful to identify issues below the surface, such as decay, fractures, cysts or infection.
Advances in x-ray technology allow us to review them immediately so that we can develop a plan of action during your visit. This plan will be developed with you so that you can make informed decisions about the best course of action.
In preparation for your visit, especially if it is your first, we ask that you arrive 15 minutes early. Bring your dental insurance card with you if applicable, and also consider any medications you’re on, as well as allergies or medical conditions you might have. If you’re bringing your children under the age of 15, make sure you have their health card , since some procedures can be covered by Nova Scotia Children’s Oral Health Program.
Children’s Dental Visits
Children should make their first visit to the dentist earlier than many parents think. We like to see children at the office either by their first birthday or within 6 months after getting their first tooth, whichever comes first. These early visits will help the child become comfortable with the office and our staff, and well as allow us an opportunity to identify any obvious (to us) oral issues.
When talking to your child about a visit to the dentist, treat it like a normal every activity, no big deal or fuss. Perhaps they have seen you visit the dentist or sat in on a siblings appointment , and they may even be excited to be going!
As much as you would like to stay by their side, we prefer that parents stay in the waiting room. We’re quite experienced in helping children become comfortable with us, as well as our exam areas. That being said, if we feel your child needs you, we don’t mind and will be happy to bring you in. A trip to the dentist can be seen as a big step for them and the accomplishment of doing it on their own can be very rewarding for your little one.
Sometimes situations arise that might prevent you from making your appointment. We ask that if things change, you let us know at least 24 hours ahead of time to avoid a cancellation fee.
Sometimes, given the nature of medicine, emergencies can arise on our end, and our schedule may be shuffled to accommodate them. Although these instances are rare, they can happen and we do apologize for any inconvenience.