What can I expect during the first visit?
Thank you for considering MPDC for your family's Pediatric Dental Home. The first visit is designed to introduce your family to our practice and get a full medical, dental, and overall health history for your child. Dr. Manso will do a complete oral exam and x-rays if needed to provide you with a customized prevention plan and treatment approach.
Do I stay with my child during the visit?
We know little ones are often nervous about coming to the dentist. This is why we always invite parents to accompany their child to both the hygiene and treatment areas.
What about finances?
Payment for professional services is due at the time dental treatment is provided. Every effort will be made to provide a treatment plan that fits your timetable and budget, and gives your child the best possible care. We accept cash, debit cards and major credit cards.
Preparing for the First Visit
In order to provide you with the highest standard of care we ask that you fill out all of the new patient forms before your first appointment. This gives the staff the opportunity to review all of your information and insurance to ensure that your visit is focused on your child and not paperwork.
Montclair Pediatric Dental Care accepts most major dental insurance PPO plans and we are happy to submit the insurance claim for you. Please be advised that no dental insurance plan pays 100% of dental costs. Your insurance coverage is based on the plan your employer has contracted with the insurance company, not MPDC.
If we are provided with your most up to date and complete insurance information, our office will help you understand your plan if you have questions about your coverage. All co-pays and insurance deductibles are expected at the time of service.
Travel and Parking
Please allow yourself time for travel and parking. MPDC is conveniently located in Downtown Montclair. Metered parking is available in front of the building and we are surrounded by multiple paid parking lots.
Preparing Your Child
You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and fun! Our staff is highly trained to meet the needs of your child. You can start at home by explaining to your child in an enthusiastic manner that he or she has an appointment with the dentist.
Here are some common terms you should avoid: “needle,” “shot,” “pull,” “scrape,” “pain,” “hurt”.
In our office we use age appropriate language tailored for each child, such as:
- “count your teeth”
- “take pictures of your teeth”
- “clean your teeth”
- “tickle your teeth”
- “wash your teeth”
- “clean up water with Mr. Thirsty”
Watch these fun videos to help prepare your child for their dental visit: