Your first visit to Deborah A. Himelhoch, DDS MS, MMSc establishes a vital foundation for our relationship with you. During the first visit, we make sure to obtain important background information, like your medical history, and give you time to get to know your doctor. To understand what to expect for your first visit to our practice, please read through this page. You'll find all the practical information you need, such as a map and directions to our office, practice hours, payment policies and more. There's also background information about our committed staff and our first visit procedures. You can even save some time at your first visit by printing out and completing the patient forms in advance of your appointment.
We are dedicated to providing quality, state of the art pediatric and orthodontic dental services in a setting of personal care and attention.
Your Child's First Dental Visit
Good Dental care starts early. Both the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend starting the first dental visit by age one. Many children in our area receive excellent dental advice from their pediatrician and start a little later. Whether your child’s first visit is age one, two, or later we want to make it as positive and pleasant as possible.
We encourage you to stay with your child during their visit. One of our staff members will meet you and accompany you to the treatment area. Your child will choose a toothbrush and we will review your child’s medical and dental history. We will demonstrate brushing and flossing as needed for your child.
Dr. Himelhoch will do a complete examination and discuss any concerns you may have. Depending on your child’s needs, we will usually clean the teeth and apply fluoride. Occasionally, x-ray images are recommended if an area of concern is noted. Otherwise, these can wait for a future visit. When x-rays are needed, modern techniques and digital equipment insure minimum radiation exposure.
It is normal for young children to be a bit apprehensive in new situations. You can help by maintaining a positive attitude and avoiding words like “afraid”, “hurt” or “drill” that can cause anxiety. Do not worry if your child has some fears or a few tears. While many children enjoy their first visit to the dentist, many take more time to become comfortable with the experience. We encourage you to call before your visit to discuss any special concerns. We look forward to meeting you.
Your First Orthodontic Visit
The first visit is your opportunity to meet the orthodontist, discuss your concerns, and find out your options. Dr. Himelhoch will meet you, do an orthodontic evaluation and discuss her findings and recommendations. If treatment is recommended, a longer appointment will be made to gather more information. Typically this includes: photographs, digital study models (a 3D “photograph” of the teeth that replaces impressions), and x-ray images. We look forward to meeting you.
Please print and fill out these forms so we can expedite your first visit:
- Pediatric and Orthodontic New Patient
- Adult Orthodontic New Patient Form
- Insurance and Financial Policy Form
- Permission other than Parent
- Records Request
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