Welcome to Our Office!
Dr. Wanuck and his staff are dedicated to ensuring the comprehensive health of your child by working along side your pediatrician and other pediatric specialists. We strive to provide care in the safest and most predictable manner. We believe in a mutual relationship that begins at home. With the cooperation of you, the parent, we work to ensure you are appropriately educated on what you can do to promote your child’s optimal health.
The goal of our practice is preventative dentistry with extensive emphasis on proper hygiene, fluoride therapy and guidance of growth and development. It is only with your assistance and understanding that we can achieve our goals.
What to expect during your first appointment
The initial appointment will focus on developing rapport with your child.
After a thorough review of pertinent medical and dental information, we try to introduce unfamiliar dental instruments and equipment to put your child at ease.
A routine initial visit will include a dental cleaning (prophylaxis), fluoride treatment, appropriate x-rays as needed and a thorough hard and soft tissue examination.
Upon completion of data collection, we will review clinical findings, discuss treatment options and review hygiene, diet and growth and development related issues.
Preparing for your child’s first visit with us
Dr. Wanuck and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, AAPD, recommend that your child visit the dentist by his/her 1st birthday!
You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Your child should be informed of the visit and told that Dr. Jason and staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The less to-do concerning the visit, the better.
It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as “needle”, “pull”, “drill”, or “hurt”. The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.
We invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination. During future appointments, we suggest you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. We can usually establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present. Our purpose is to gain your child’s confidence and overcome apprehension. However, if you choose, you may come with your child to the treatment room. 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.
We are all highly experienced in helping children overcome anxiety. Separation anxiety is not uncommon in children, so please try not to be concerned if your child exhibits some negative behavior. This is normal and will soon diminish. Studies and experience have shown that most children over the age of 3 react more positively when permitted to experience the dental visit on their own.