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2001 West 45th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
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FAQs

Patients just like you have asked us questions and our team of doctors have responded. Check out our FAQs below. If you have a question for one of our doctors that has not been included in this list, please contact us.


Q: Can I drop my child off or leave during their treatment?
A: We strongly recommend that a parent be present during their child’s treatment in case we should have any questions and/or issues. We understand there are times where you may need to leave during your child’s appointment. If this happens, we may require that you sign a waiver allowing us to perform the needed procedure(s) in your absence. We also require a phone number where you can be reached during that time. As a general rule, we do prefer a parent to be present during the duration of the appointment.
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Q: On my first visit, why do I have to see the dentist first when I just want a cleaning?
A: The dentist will do a thorough exam to diagnose what type of cleaning is needed. They will also address any other issues that may be of importance to your overall dental health.
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Q: Can parents go back to the treatment room with their child?
A: While we do not forbid a parent from going back with their child, it has been our experience that children typically do better when the parent is not in the room.
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Q: Do you see children?
A: Yes, we see children of all ages. We do everything we can to make sure their first visit at Family Dental Center is a positive one. We want them to look forward to coming to the dentist!
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Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: While we understand emergencies do happen, we do request a 24-hour notice if you need to cancel an appointment. This allows us to schedule other patients who may be waiting to be seen.
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Q: How far in advance do I need to make my appointment?
A: For routine exams and hygiene visits, it is recommended that you make your next appointment after each hygiene visit, as these appointments fill up fast.  This is especially true if you need early morning or late afternoon. This assures that you will get an appointment that fits in your schedule. Treatment plans can usually be scheduled within a couple of weeks.
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Q: When should I first take my child to the dentist?
A: The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends taking your child to his or her first dental visit by the age of 1 year. Family Dental Center follows the protocols of the ADA, and we try to use this first appointment as a “get to know your child” visit. Children have teeth by age 1, and it is important to establish a dental home as early as possible. This has been shown to be effective in educating both parents and children.
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