Our 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.
At Dr. Duga, Dr. Feeney and Associates, we believe that both you and your child having a positive frame of mind coming into our offices can greatly impact the outcome of your child’s appointment. Please discuss the positive aspects of dentistry with your child. Convey good feelings to your child about dental visits. Rather than, “the dentist will not hurt you,” try “the dentist will be very gentle.” Expect your child to react well and enjoy the first visit to our office and chances are they will do exactly that.
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". Our office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.
From infant children, to teenagers and young adults, we invite every member of your family to experience the highest-quality dental care in a fun, relaxed, stress-free environment. Our (New) Tampa dental office features special play areas filled with video games, movies and books, and we have above each dental chair a TV with headphones so your child can unwind and watch a movie throughout his or her appointment. See for yourself everything we have to offer at Dr. Duga, Dr. Feeney and Associates by taking a virtual tour of our office.
Our staff will review the health history form with you. Your child will be introduced to our dental team and allowed time to see the office and become more comfortable before the examination. We invite you to stay with your child during this entire dental visit. Dr. Duga or Dr. Feeney will complete a complete oral facial examine including the hard and soft tissues of the mouth and a head and neck examination. Depending on need, x-rays are taken to determine your child's present dental condition. Following the exam, our findings and recommendations will be discussed. You will then be given an estimate of the cost if treatment is needed.
We invite you to stay with your child during all dental appointments at our office. However, you can allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. For some children we can 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 area. For the safety and privacy of all patients, we recommend other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.
We sincerely trust that you and your child will find the first and all visits to our office comfortable and rewarding. If at any time you have a question, please feel free to call our office. We are here to serve you. We appreciate you entrusting your child's dental care to us. We also appreciate your referral of family and friends to our office.
If your child is apprehensive by the sights, sounds, or sensations of dental treatment, he or she may react more positively with the use of Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas), which we offer right here in our Tampa office. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a combination of two gases. When inhaled, the oxygen and nitrous oxide combination are absorbed by the body and provide a reassuring, relaxing effect for your child without putting them to sleep. Your child will smell a scent that is pleasant and experience a sense of comfort and calm. Children will breathe normally with a mask in place sitting loosely over their nose.
Please have your child EAT SOMETHING LIGHT before his or her appointment. Avoid heavy or greasy foods like sausages, eggs, pancakes, etc, even milk products. Toast, crackers, dry cereal, water, clear juice are good choices. Please inform a staff member if your child has taken any medication before using nitrous oxide.
Nitrous oxide is considered the safest " sedative " in dentistry. It is non-addictive. Your child will remain fully conscious and all natural reflexes will remain in place while breathing nitrous oxide.
Your child will be administered 100% oxygen following the use of nitrous oxide. The oxygen will quickly remove virtually all of the remaining nitrous oxide from the body. Your child will be able to walk out of our office on his or her own.
This may be your child's first experience with a numb feeling in the mouth. Our dental staff will explain the following:
Please be aware that Dr. Duga, Dr. Feeney and Associates has the following policy: A parent bringing his or her child to our office is legally responsible for payment of all charges.
Payment is requested at each appointment as service is rendered and can be made by cash, check, debit cards, MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express. As a courtesy to our insurance covered patients, we will accept payment for treatment directly from your insurance company. However, we ask you to pay any non-covered fees at the time treatment is provided. We expect your insurance company to pay the portion filed within a five (5) week time period after the completion of treatment. If your insurance company fails to make its payment within a five (5) week period, you will be expected to pay for all dental services and follow-up with your insurance company personally.
Please bring insurance cards, forms, and coverage information with you so we may assist you by filing the insurance for you. If you have a change of insurance, please advise us as soon as possible before your child's next appointment. If insurance coverage cannot be verified with your insurance company by the time of your child's appointment, you will need to pay for the charges incurred, and your insurance company will reimburse you for their portion of these charges.
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.