We are excited that you have chosen Children’s Dental Place for your child’s dental care. Your comfort and convenience are our priority, and we strive to make every visit to our office a positive experience. To help you get acquainted with our office and your first visit procedures, we have included helpful information on this page.

Your Child
Children need strong, health teeth to chew their food, for proper growth of the face and jaw, to prevent speech problems, and for a good self-image. This is why early reinforcement of a positive dental experience is crucial. The child’s first visit usually takes place around the age of 2 and is the most impressionable visit. Our office, which was created with kids in mind, makes for an enjoyable and fearless dental experience.

Mission Statement
It is our mission to create a positive dental experience for our child that will last from infancy into adulthood through the reinforcement of good dental habits and preventative education.

Patient Forms
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What To Expect
Being well-prepared for your appointment will ensure that the doctor has all of the needed information to provide the best possible care for you. It also will help relieve any unnecessary anxiety you may be feeling. Educate yourself on your symptoms by reviewing the content on this Web site. Also, take some time to review our staff page and familiarize yourself with the doctors. We look forward to your first visit.

Dear parent,

Thank you for your confidence in our office, which you have demonstrated by choosing us to treat your children's dental health. As dentists who have chosen to limit their practice to pediatric dentistry, we are deeply interested in the dental health, general health, and psychological well-being of your child.

A child's first visit to the dentist is most important.

Often, this first visit is the most impressionable visit. Most children fear the dentist, either because of a previous unpleasant experience or because they naturally fear any new experience. In office such as ours, which was created with kids in mind, is very child friendly making for in enjoyable first visit.

What will be done on the first visit?

During the first visit the child is introduced to our child friendly dental environment. A thorough examination will be performed; x-rays will be taken, as well as a cleaning and fluoride treatment will be done. The result of the examination and x-rays will be discussed with you at this time and any questions you have will be answered. Then, a treatment plan is established in appointments will be made. Naturally, if this is an emergency visit, the immediate problem is cared for and the routine procedures are postponed. Our highest priority is the health of your child.

How you can help?

The feelings that parents show toward dental care may be crucial in determining how a child approaches his or her visit to the dentist.

What you should say to your child.

Generally speaking, it is best to avoid any unpleasant comments or thoughts. Preferably, tell your Child that the dentist is going to take pictures and count his or her teeth. These familiar terms are very soothing to your child. Be sure not to use fear arousing words such as "Needles, shot or drill." Above all do not bribe your child and be sure to tell him or her the truth.

We ask you not to be upset if your child cries.

Crying is a child's normal reaction to fear. We understand these fears and will work to erase them. During treatment, we request that parents remain in the reception area. It has been our experience that children respond much better on their own. Many seem to acquire a pride in the knowledge that they are grown up enough to undergo treatment by themselves.

New technology

The dentists use a dental laser to remove cavities and to perform soft tissue procedures such as frenectomies and tongue tie release. The laser allows us to do these procedures without a shot, without a drill and without discomfort. Also, we now have digital radiography, up to 90% less radiation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call our friendly staff at 470-1109. We look forward to meeting you.


Michelle S. Handel D.M.D.

Joseph L. Herman, D.D.S.