Taking Kids to the Dentist? What to Bring to the Dental Office

You're taking your kids to the dentist for a checkup or dental appointment, and you want to be totally prepared for the occasion. You can make the experience more enjoyable for everyone involved if you do the right things to get ready for the dental appointment.

As you wait in the dental office, you want to keep kids entertained and distracted. You also want to do what you can to make filling out paperwork and other things as simple as possible since you'll have to keep track of one or more children while you wait. If you are going to the dentist and it's your own appointment, the same tips that work for taking the kids to the dentist work for your dental office visit with kids in tow. Use this guide to help you stay in control at the dentist so you can get in and out as easily as possible.

Take quiet toys

It's wise to have a backpack for each child to fill with their own toys that are quiet in nature. This means toys should not make noise, be hard, or be electronic in nature. Quiet toys include coloring and reading books, paper and crayons, soft stuffed animals, or small games that require thinking or discovery. Have these bags always packed—along with simple snacks like fruit jerky or crackers and a small bottle of water—so you can grab these bags on the way our the door to the dentist's office.

By bringing quiet toys and snacks, hunger, thirst, and boredom can be taken care of in advance, leading to a more successful dentist office visit for everyone. These bags can be used when you have to go to other functions that require waiting as well, such as the pharmacy or bank.

All forms of documentation and application forms

In these modern times, you can easily print out and fill out all documentation for your kids prior to getting to the dentist. This way, you don't have to spend a lot of time trying to entertain or manage children while filling out page after page of forms for each child. Fill these forms in the comfort of your own home then bring them with you, along with the insurance cards and medical records of all kids as needed, paper clipped to each form so you have what you need quickly and easily.

Your receptionist at the dentist will appreciate your organizational skills and you'll love that you don't have to stand at a counter or sit in a chair for several minutes getting these things done. It makes the situation a win-win for everyone involved. To learn more about preparing your documents and forms ahead of time, contact dental offices such as Desert Dental: Ruintan Kamran D.M.D.