First Visit


At Pediatric Dentistry Kahala, we are committed to providing Hawaii’s children with high quality dental services while creating and maintaining a relaxed and comfortable environment. Dr. Allen Hirai understands that the dentist can be a cause of anxiety for some children, and strives to make it a positive experience for each of his patients. We feel this is especially important when it comes to your child’s first visit with us.

When Should a Child's First Visit Occur?

We recommend that a child’s first dental visit be scheduled by his/her first birthday in accordance with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Pediatric Dentistry Kahala places a high importance on a child’s first experience at the dentist office. A pleasant first visit will build trust and in turn make the child feel at ease during future dental care visits. Our wish is for your child to feel comfortable with Dr. Hirai and his wonderful team.

First Visit Preparations

It would be beneficial if parents refrain from using any words that could cause unnecessary fear, such as “needle” or “drill” before the patient’s first visit. We are experienced in dealing with children with anxiety and can explain treatment procedures in a positive and pleasant manner to avoid any anxious or negative feelings toward dentistry. It is encouraged to let the child to know that Dr. Hirai and staff will explain everything in detail and will answer any questions he or she has. It is also important the child is aware they can express any discomfort or concerns they have at any time during their visit.

Our program involves recording the child’s dental and medical history, completing a comprehensive examination and discussing any findings with you. We will also review the importance of maintaining a good dental health program with you and your child to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile for life!

Come See Us Soon!

Pediatric Dentistry Kahala is proud to provide patients with optimum dental care while making them feel at ease at our office. We encourage you to browse the remainder of our website for further information on our premier Honolulu pediatric dentistry practice. Should you have any further questions, we would be happy to answer them if you contact us. We look forward to seeing you and your child for their first visit!