First Visit page artwork for Pediatric dentist Dr. Fredric Tatel in Tinley Park, IL

First Visit

Laughing girlOur office, as well as the The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a "Dental Home" for your child by one year of age. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.

The Dental Home is intended to provide a place other than the Emergency Room for parents.

You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. If old enough, your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The less to-do concerning the visit, the better.

It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as "needle", "shot", "pull", "drill" or "hurt". The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.

We invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination. During future appointments, we suggest you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. We can usually establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present. Our purpose is to gain your child's confidence and overcome apprehension. However, if you choose, you are more than welcome to accompany your child to the treatment room. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.

Dear Dr. Tatel,

After a traumatic visit to a non-kid specializing dentist elsewhere, I was panic stricken that my 4 year old daughter would have another "bad" dental experience. We looked for dentists here in Tinley Park where we live and discovered your colorful kid friendly website. My daughter was mesmerized by the zoo picture on your site and I was reassured by your impressive biography.

My daughter had her first fillings done last week and the experience was a dream from start to finish. May I congratulate you on having such a warm and loving staff of women? Each of them took the time to smile and talk to Madeline and Maria, Paula and Carol were extra sweet with hugs and presents. I would have paid a million dollars for a good exerience for my daughter. Now she can't wait to go back to the "zoo dentist"!

Thank you so much!

Kathy C., Tinley Park IL

We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!

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Personalized Coloring BookPersonalized Coloring Book

Your child will love having their own personalized coloring book from the dentist, and they can use it for years to come or you can preserve it in their scrapbook or baby book. It is fun and easy to use, try it yourself by clicking on one of the coloring books below.

Boy Coloring Book | Girl Coloring Book