As parents, we all know the challenges of juggling children’s busy schedules— from sports to after school activities, to play dates and piles of homework. It’s crucial to remember that making time for their overall health and oral health is also an important part of scheduling and vital to the healthy growth process. Although occasional situations do arise when canceling a pediatric dental appointment is simply unavoidable, rescheduling on the spot is of the utmost importance to maintain the recommended twice a year routine checkup.
The end of the school year is also a particularly busy time in a pediatric dentist’s office, as parents prepare to send their children to sleep-away camp or get ready for a summer vacation. The last thing any parent wants is for their child to have a dental emergency while away. Therefore, be aware that rescheduling may be difficult at this time of the year, so it’s wise to make keeping your child’s dental appointment a pre-summer priority.
Park View’s Point of View
At Park View Pediatric Dentistry we always strive for having our young patients proudly claiming cavity-free visits. Maintaining that twice a year schedule is a major factor in this preventative approach. We often warn that the tiny beginnings of a cavity can occur beyond this period. We urge our parents to reschedule rather than cancel and also offer a valuable problem/solution approach to some typical cancellation reasons.
Here is our Park View Cancellation Problem Solver List:
“My child’s weekday schedule is just too jammed and it’s hard to get them there right afterschool.”
Don’t worry – we’ll work with you to get them in. We have special early hours every Saturday, between 8:30 AM and 2:30 PM. We also pride ourselves on keeping appointment times to a minimum – getting our young patients out the door as soon as possible.
“My teen has so many after school activities and homework is piling up”
Our teen patients are important to us. We’ll even get them an Uber car home or to their next activity, if they get themselves here on time. We also have iPads available in our waiting room if they need to do any research for a homework assignment while they wait.
“My young child is afraid to come in and has anxiety about the dentist.”
Then you’ve come to the right place! Children love our bright, colorful subway-themed office and caring all-female staff. We’ll help you explain to your child what a great positive experience is waiting for them here – complete with waiting room activities, goody bags, stickers, and sugar-free ice pops. We also offer the widest range of safe sedation options for children with high anxiety.