What to Expect
Before your appointment
Why has my child been referred to Seattle Children’s Dental Clinic?
Your child has been referred to Seattle Children’s Dental Clinic because they have certain complex medical conditions, developmental delays or behavioral issues that require hospital-based dental care.
Who may see my child?
Seattle Children's is a teaching hospital. This means that pediatric dental residents and orthodontic fellows provide care to patients. Your child will receive care from a team that may include?
- Pediatric dentists
- Oral and maxillofacial surgeons
- Dental residents
- Orthodontic fellows
- Oral surgery nurses
- Care coordinators
- Dental assistants
- Dental surgery coordinators
- Family service coordinators
- Oral surgery program coordinators
- Speech and language pathologists
What happens during a preventive or routine clinic visit?
- You and your child will meet with a pediatric dentist and dental assistant.
- We will obtain your child’s medical and dental history.
- We will look in your child’s mouth and may take dental X-rays to determine your child’s treatment needs.
- We will clean your child’s teeth and evaluate their risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
- We will check for tooth growth and development.
- We will discuss their exam and create a treatment plan with you, if necessary.
- We will share dental tips to practice at home including the best way to brush your child’s teeth and which foods and drinks can affect their teeth.
How long is a dental visit?
Most initial visits last about 40 minutes, but your visit may take longer depending on your child’s specific needs.
What should we bring to the appointment?
- Information about any previous dental clinic visits including the name, contact information and year of the visit.
- Your child’s digital X-rays if you have them. You can bring physical copies with you or email them to email@example.com before your appointment.
- Your child’s medicines or a list of medicines. Include non-prescription items like vitamins. Include name, dose and instructions.
- Your child’s medical equipment
- Any forms that might need to be signed by our providers like school forms
- Activities to keep your child busy. Ideas include toys, books, coloring supplies or a card game. We do not keep toys in the waiting room to help control the spread of germs.
After your appointment
We will make sure you leave the appointment with detailed instructions about what will happen next and try to answer all of your questions. We may need to see your child for follow-up visits depending on their diagnosis and treatment plan. Our schedulers will help you make a return appointment before you leave your appointment. Generally, children require a preventive dental visit every 6 months. For that type of appointment, our schedulers will contact you 3 months prior to your due date to schedule a routine cleaning and exam. We will provide you with phone numbers to call us if you have questions after you leave.
What if I need to cancel or reschedule an appointment?
If you need to cancel your child’s appointment, please call us at 206-987-2243 as soon as possible.
Directions, parking and entering
- Find your location in our maps and directions section.
- Arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to allow time for registration.
Preparing Your Child
Learn more about preparing your child for a clinic visit.
For more information on visiting Seattle Children's clinics, please see Your Child's Clinic Visit.
Preparing for Surgery
- Learn more about what to expect if your child is having surgery.
Preparing for a Hospital Stay
- Find out what you need to know about your child's hospital stay.
- Learn about hospital campus amenities.
For more information, contact Seattle Children’s Dental Clinic at 206-987-2243. If you would like an appointment, ask your child’s primary care provider for a referral.
Providers, see how to refer a patient.