Your Child's Visit

What to expect

Your child will either be seen as an outpatient for preventative services, such as cleanings, or if they need more complex dental procedures, they may go to the operating room.

The average length of a dental surgery is one and a half hours.  Because we strive to provide high-quality, comprehensive care to all patients, appointment duration may vary. 

Children’s serves as a teaching, clinical rotation and research site for the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the Medical College of Georgia.

Preventing tooth decay
Our pediatric-trained team gives patients the appropriate amount of fluoride, and we can apply pit and fissure sealants, when appropriate. In addition, our staff can show you and your child the right way to brush and floss his teeth.

We also can help you identify and avoid foods that can cause tooth decay. Our dentists will continue to check for changes in your child’s oral health. 

Please be prepared to pay for your child's visit on the day of your appointment.  Payment plans are available, including a 20 percent "prompt-pay" discount if the balance is paid in full on the day of the visit. 

Family Support Services
At Children’s we care about the whole child. This means helping a child physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, if needed.  Social workers, child life specialists, and interpreters are all available to help make your visit as smooth and comfortable as possible.  Additionally, resources including the Ronald McDonald House and area hotels and restaurants are also available.  For more information, contact the main Social Work office at 404-785-2010. 

Web Resources

  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry ( AAPD )–search for dental resources for your child
  • Georgia Dental Association ( GDA )—find a listing of clinics in your area
  • American Dental Association ( ADA )—search an alphabetical listing of oral health issues