What is a pediatric dentist?
A Pediatric Dentist is trained to provide primary and specialty oral health care to infants, children, adolescents and patients with special health care needs. A Pediatric Dentist is a graduate from an accredited Dental School as well as a two year Pediatric Dental Program. They may elect to become board certified which requires that they undergo an additional examination process by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Parents please be aware that offices that advertise ‘general dentistry for children’ are not pediatric dental specialists. Those offices are simply general dental offices that because of ‘governmental regulations’ are able to advertise and present themselves to the public as children dentists. SLO Pediatric Dental is a specialist office in children’s dentistry that is exactly like the pediatrician in terms of ‘medicine.’
What is your philosophy of treatments?
Our emphasis is on “prevention” from early home oral hygiene, controlling the intake of “sweets,” and topical fluoride treatment. Because the primary teeth form the basis of the adult dentition, we will do everything possible to preserve the integrity of your child’s dentition, at the same time training a cooperative and calm dental patient.
A full range of dental services is offered for children, adolescents, and special needs patients, including resorative, preventive dental care, and interceptive orthodontics.
How may I best prepare my child for his/her first visit?
You can play a large part in preparing your child for his/her first visit to the dentist. Try to act relaxed and at ease. Any anxiety on your part will probably be sensed by your child. Tell your child that we will “count” and take “pictures” of his/her teeth. Do not use any fear provoking words such as “hurt, drill, pull, and/or needle.” Avoid statements like “the doctor won’t hurt you.”
We will thoroughly explain each of our procedures to your child in terms he/she can understand before we do it. We will probably ask you to remain in the reception area, depending on the child’s age. Afterwards we will invite you to the operative area so that we may review your child’s history, diagnosis or specific problems. Be assured that we will treat your child as we do our own. Nevertheless, we expect to see crying in some children, since this is a normal response to a strange situation.
At this visit, we emphasize oral hygiene techniques to be practiced by both you and your child. We will answer any questions you may have. A full examination of both teeth and supporting structures will be done, and occlusion (bite) will be evaluated. Radiographs (x-rays) will be taken as necessary (not routinely) to assure a thorough and comprehensive examination. Subsequent appointments may be scheduled or restorations and fluoride treatments given as indicated. When treatment has been completed, your child will be placed on a periodic exam schedule and you will recieve a reminder when the visit is due.
What is your financial policy?
We are happy to help you maximize your insurance benefits, however, please remember that we do this as a courtesy and ultimately full payment of the account is your responsibility. We ask for your cooperation by providing us with an insurance ID card. Whenever necessary a pre-treatment estimate will be recommended and submitted to your insurance carrier prior to treatment to obtain an estimate of your insurance benefits. The amount not covered by your insurance is payable at the time of services unless other arrangements have been made.
Your aim as a parent and our aim as dentist practitioners is the same, to keep your child’s teeth and mouth in good health and to make this process a pleasant one for child, parent, and dentist.
When will I be told about my child’s treatment needs and financial cost?
We will give you this information at the first visit, after the x-rays have been developed and thorough evaluation has been made. Also, at the first visit, after you have been informed of the diagnosis, prognosis and plan of treatment for your child, our financial secretary will inform you of the treatment costs.
Who should I make my check payments to?
All payments should be made out to: Vikram Tiku, DDS, Inc.