A first visit to the dentist can be a little intimidating. As adults, even we dislike going. So, it was normal for our first visit to the dentist with three children, ages six, four and two to feel kind of scary.
I was not worried about their dental hygiene; I was worried about the experience. Many of us watched the 20/20 story on children and their experiences going to the dentist, After watching that, you would have been afraid too.
I had delayed their first check up long enough. I am not very proud of it, but alas I was biting the bullet. I had no idea where to go or what to really expect. I was random in my choosing. Every morning after my workout at the gym I would drive out of the parking lot and was forced to stare at a building before me. The building has big, bright letters on the front that reads: E.P. Dentistry 4 Kids”. That is how I chose this place, yes my expert skills at work. No regrets here!
It was the day of my appointment and upon arrival there was an age appropriate, wonderful movie playing, Ice Age. My kids immediately felt like they were at in some kind of kids fun-land. Some legos were available on a sensible play mat. A designated area was awaiting the children in the corner of the room for playtime. Plenty of chairs were readily available and a friendly smile greeted me as I walked in. The staff was immeidately welcoming and courteous. I checked in, I settled into my seat and watched Ice Age. Within minutes I was called, my three little "chicks" and I ushered through the door (and my mother, as she was there to lead a helping had, thank GOD for her).
No one at any time made me feel like I was in the way, no one suggested I leave my children, in fact they did the opposite. They were welcoming, talked me through each and every step and answered all my questions. Of course they could not put all three children in one examining chair (that would be a recipe for disaster) but they did put them in their own chair very close to each other. This helped ME so much. I was able to stay close to or by each child as they were examined. Above the examining chair, in the ceiling was a small monitor for the child to watch Ice Age if they choose to, neat huh? Both the assistant and the doctor were very gentle; spoke to the child age appropriately and completly impressed me. The examination was quick, easy and productive.
My children were given praises for their oral care. They even told momma she has done a great job, wink wink. I really believe they directly contributed to the reaction, behavior and wonderful experience each of my children had. Overall, I have to give the office staff, the assistants and the doctors a grade A++ for this experience (Zaragosa location). They have two locations, for more info call 915-855-4442.