Family dental visits can be a challenging experience for you as a parent. There are many things you'll need to plan, and if you have kids who are terrified of the dentist, you'll have a lot on your plate on such days.
To make these visits easier for you and everyone else involved, you should take certain steps when you have the opportunity. A few changes to how you do things could result in dental visits that don't inconvenience you for a whole week.
Choose the Right Practice
Before anything else, the first step to seamless dental visits is dealing with a family dentistry practice that is right for you. This is where a lot of people make mistakes. Choosing a practice just because you know the dentist or because their office is nearer to your home has its perks but it could also have certain challenges.
Choose a practice that's easy to schedule visits in and one where the staff knows how to work with kids. A practice that offers options such as pain-free dentistry can ensure the process is not traumatic for your children.
Schedule Your Visits Early
Last minute bookings are problematic for all parties involved. A last minute booking could mean having to reschedule other things and some practices could charge more for such visits. The best way to avoid rushed bookings is to make these visits a constant part of your plan. Unless it's an emergency, you'll have to repeat these visits every six months on average. Plan ahead for this and some practices will even call to remind you when the six-month mark is approaching.
Make the Visits Concurrent
It will be a lot more convenient for you if all your kids could see the dentist on the same day. This will be better than having the kids come on separate days since it will mean not having to disrupt more than one working day.
Plan Around These Visits
Don't schedule other things on the same day as the family dental visit, assuming that you'll have some time left before or after the visit. A simple checkup could take longer if the dentist discovers something unusual. Additionally, you may find yourself physically drained by the end of such visits. Any other activity that you may have planned for later could still have to be postponed. You should allocate enough time to these visits to avoid rushing the dentist.