Children's Hospital Colorado

Preparing for a Dental Visit

At Children’s Hospital Colorado, we treat the big things, the small things and everything in between.



Dental care just for kids

Here at Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Dental Center, our team is specially trained to provide excellent dental care for children and teens. Our goal is to make your child’s visit to our dental clinic comfortable and stress free. Kids are special to us, and we want them to know it. 

Child-centered care and techniques

We strive to help children feel less fearful while receiving dental care. We use techniques approved by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry to help make your child comfortable throughout the visit, including:

  • Behavioral techniques like “tell-show-do,” where we explain and show every step to your child in advance
  • Treatments to help prevent pain, like providing laughing gas (nitrous oxide) and general anesthesia, when appropriate

What to expect

Watch the video and use the following tips and information to help your child prepare for their next trip to the dentist. (Vea el video en español.)

Before your visit

Children are curious and might  want to know what will happen when they arrive at the dental clinic. Here are specific tips to help them understand:

  • Be honest and share what they can expect in a calm and relaxed manner.
  • Explain that the dentist’s job is to check and clean your teeth. They make sure your teeth are healthy so that your body can stay safe and healthy too.
  • Explain what type of dental care your child needs. If you aren’t sure what will happen at your child’s next appointment, please request a child life specialist to help prepare your child when scheduling with the dental clinic.

During your visit

Children's Colorado emphasizes the importance of providing family-centered care, placing your child and family at the center of all care decisions. If you have questions about your child’s care, we always encourage you to ask your care team.

Here’s more about what you can expect when you arrive:

  • In many cases, we will encourage parents and caregivers to be in the exam room with their child. This may depend on your child’s age and how comfortable they are.
  • Before administering any care, your child’s dentist will get to know your child and help them feel comfortable.
  • If your child is extremely apprehensive, support from child life specialists and advanced sedation techniques are available. (Learn more below.)

Common dental procedures

After your visit

Good oral hygiene, like regular tooth brushing, is important, even after you are done at the dentist! You can help your child prevent painful cavities and keep their happy smile by encouraging healthy habits. 

Read common questions and learn tips for keeping your child’s teeth healthy.

Resources available at the Dental Center

Contact us

Children's Colorado's Dental Center has two Denver Metro Area locations: at our Health Pavilion in Aurora and North Campus in Broomfield.

For appointments, please call 720-777-6788.