Our practice is designed to instill healthy, lifelong dental habits for all patients based on positive early-life dental experiences.
Partnering with parents. Being a mom herself, Dr. Niloo recognizes that parents know their children best. She is open to suggestions from parents while at the same time drawing upon her expertise and experience in working with children.
Strategic scheduling. Patients under the age of five, special needs patients, and those with a higher level of anxiety have a more positive visit if their appointments are in the morning when they are not tired and are more receptive to new experiences and instructions. Appointments later in the day are generally reserved for older patients who have more commitments and activities. Additionally, we often group appointments based on age since children typically benefit from contact with peers. For example, younger patients are comforted by seeing children of the same age in the office, and the same is true for adolescents.
Parental accompaniment. We encourage parents accompanying their child in the treatment area during the first visit. By completing future visits to the dental chair on their own, children can develop independence and form a trusting relationship with the dentist and dental staff. The majority of older children and adolescents benefit from independent visits, as this allows open and private communication between the patient and the dental staff about how smoking, eating disorders, and drug use can affect the mouth.
Reducing adult dental anxiety. Research has shown that adults’ dental fears, which may inhibit them from seeking treatment, are often the result of an unpleasant experience with the dentist as a child. Our goal is to help your child or teenager become an adult who routinely and comfortably seeks dental care. Dr. Niloo and her staff customize each child’s visit by carefully assessing his behavior and comfort level at the appointment. Depending on the patient, we may take extra time with your child, create diversions through our child-friendly amenities, or, when appropriate, the use of sedatives. Please discuss with Dr. Niloo any bad experiences or fears your child may have so that she may provide the best possible care for your child.