Children’s Dentistry options in South Austin
Choosing the best dentist for your child
In the United States, only 10% of dentists are trained in and qualified to practice pediatric dentistry. A pediatric dentist has not only completed a four-year dental school program, but has also spent an additional two to three years of specialized training in order to earn a degree in providing specialized dental treatment to kids. Our highly-trained doctors have this education and training so that we can provide the highest quality care for your child. Come see us and establish your child’s dental home for compassionate and friendly dental care.
Relaxed dental care for kids
Even grown-ups can feel anxious in the dentist’s office. For kids, who may be experiencing their first trip to a pediatric dentist, this uneasiness can be even more severe. That’s why we take steps to ensure your child’s visit to our office will be pleasant and even fun. Establishing habits that contribute to good oral health begins in childhood. Austin Dental Specialty Group understands how crucial it is that your child establishes a positive relationship with their dentist, a relationship based on trust and open communication.
Keeping parents involved
As a parent, you can help prepare your child for a trip to our office by being honest about the purpose of the visit. While usually meant with the best of intentions, when a parent is misleading in the interest of comforting the child it can often have the opposite effect. When you don’t make a big deal about a trip to the dentist, chances are good that your child won’t either. Once your child is in the treatment room, our staff will take the time to talk about the instruments that will be used during the visit, the procedures they will be performing and the importance of regular visits to the dentist. Honesty goes a long way toward easing irrational fears. Being a dentist for kids means we take a little extra time interacting with our patients to eliminate fear and uncertainty.
Kids dental care at home
Dental care extends beyond the treatment room. It is important that good oral hygiene is practiced at home. When parents reinforce the importance of taking proper care of their teeth, there is a better chance that the kids will retain what they are told during their visit to our office.
Making the dentist fun instead of scary
When your child has a good experience at the dentist, it makes routine visits less stressful for the parent and the patient. From gentle injection techniques to keeping your child comfortable during exams and cleanings, we strive to make the visit as painless as possible.
Understanding prevents fear
When you provide dental care for kids, education is a big part of the process. Much of a child’s fear of the dentist is fear of the unknown. It’s important that misconceptions and myths about the dentist’s office are put to rest as soon as possible. When you ask a kid what words they associate with the dentist you often hear responses like “drill,” “pull,” “shot,” and “hurt”. We are careful to use non-threatening language while explaining each procedure in terms they can understand. Your child will leave our office with a better understanding of preventative measures and common procedures. They will also have less dread of subsequent visits.
Building lifelong trust of the dentist’s office
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a “dental home” for children by the age of one. Austin Dental Specialty Group believes strongly in this concept. Not only do children who have a “dental home” receive regular, preventative care, they are also more likely to develop a positive attitude toward dental care in general.
We are a full-service pediatric dentist’s office in Austin providing our patients with a wide range of care options. No matter their age or needs, your child will always receive quality dental care.
Frequently Asked Questions
Call our South Austin office at (512) 961-3553 to schedule an appointment for your infant, child, or adolescent.
With three conveniently located offices, there is an Austin Dental Specialty Group Kids’ Corner that you and your child will love! We look forward to putting a smile on your child’s face! Call us today at (512) 961-3553 to learn more about our pediatric dentistry services and how your child can be a part of Kids’ Corner.