I have been going to the same dentist my whole life. I am almost 18 years old now, but I absolutely love my pediatric dentist. Everyone is so nice, welcoming and they know me so well. I get anxious but they do the best at keeping me relaxed and calm. Are they going to make me see an adult dentist, now that I’m technically almost an adult? Is it weird if I stay?
-Shayna in North Carolina
Pediatric dentists typically see children and in some cases adults with special needs. Every pediatric dentist has their own policies in place, but many love keeping kiddos all the way through to their adult years. They likely will not kick you out. But you may need to ask more about where your needs are best served.
If you’re still in high school, it may make complete sense for you to remain at the same practice. If you have a need that is beyond their expertise or requires an invasive treatment, it may be in your best interest to move on. For example, if you require a crown, root canal or have some other dental issue that needs to be addressed. In which case, it wouldn’t necessarily mean that your pediatric dentist couldn’t handle your needs, but they just may not encounter them regularly so you would be better off seeing another doctor. Does that make sense?
If dental anxiety of fear is an issue, you may want to look into a general dentist that also offers sedation dentistry or nitrous oxide for mild anxiety. It’s wonderful that you’ve been so happy with your pediatric dentist. Best of luck to you!
This post is sponsored by Cleveland dentist Hylan Dental Care.