Little Pearls Dentistry For Children

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Appointment Guidelines

We have found the following scheduling principles to be helpful for our patients:

  • Early to mid-morning appointments are reserved especially for younger children who are more fresh and able to manage the various stimuli associated with dental appointments.
  • Morning appointments are also reserved for children requiring dental treatment other than a regular wellness exam. This is a common practice in pediatric dental offices since treatment has a greater chance for success when the child is well rested and fresh.
  • Early and later afternoon appointments are reserved for middle school and high school age children who have greater academic demands.
  • New patients and consultations are generally scheduled mid-morning so the office is better able to spend extra time getting to know the child.
  • We require 48 hours (two business days) notice if an appointment needs to be rescheduled in order to avoid a missed appointment fee.
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Children are naturally likely to get sick from time to time. We have developed the following points to serve as a guide. In the following cases, the child’s appointment should be rescheduled:

  • Any symptoms of COVID 19. You will be sent a questionnaire the day prior to your child’s appointment. Any symptoms will require rescheduling of the appointment at least two weeks into the future.
  • Any child with a fever. Even if a fever is controlled with medication, the child is still considered to have a fever.
  • A child with an active respiratory infection such as RSV or tuberculosis.
  • A child with an ear infection who will be treated for cavities with nitrous oxide (laughing gas).
  • A child who is unable to breathe through his or her nose, who will be treated for cavities with nitrous oxide (laughing gas).
  • A child who has thrown up in the past 24 hours.
  • A child with a communicable oral virus such as childhood oral herpes or hand, foot, and mouth disease.
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