Talk to Your Dentist

Talk to Your Dentist

It’s important for parents to take an active role in their child’s oral health care. Parents should let the dentist know about their child’s health. Things parents should tell the dentist include:

  • Any dental abnormalities you may be concerned about
  • If the child is ill
  • What medications the child may be taking
  • If the child has an unusual diet
  • If the child has any known drug allergies.

If you don’t understand our recommendations for your child’s oral health treatment, don’t be afraid to ask for more information. Ask if there are other treatment options available for your child. How do the options differ in cost? Which option will best solve the problem?

We do our best to help nervous parents understand their choices, so they can make the best decision for their family.

Some difficult or complex dental procedures may require the dentist to administer medications to control your child’s pain or anxiety. Ask us what type of medication will be used and what possible side effects it may have. We will tell you what follow-up care may be required for the child. Parents have the right to be carefully informed about the benefits and risks of any dental treatment for their children and to be involved in treatment decisions. You should feel comfortable that all your questions have been answered and that you understand the options before giving your consent to dental treatment. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s care. We want you to be informed.