Parent Need-to-Knows

Nervous about your child’s first visit? That’s okay! Your children’s dentist in Kent and Maple Valley is here to make it as comfortable and smooth as possible.

Convenience At Your Fingertips

Download Our Forms

You’re busy, and we get that. Download our forms right on our website and either fax or email them directly to us!

Know the Insurance Facts

Cascadia Kids Dentistry is an access-to-care dental clinic and we accept all insurances. Some facts you should know:

  • We’ll submit insurance claims for you!

  • To maximize your dental benefits, we will need current insurance information prior to every appointment.

What to Expect

We want nothing more than to make your child’s appointment a memorable experience. Rest assured, you and your child will:

  • Always be greeted by a smile.

  • Receive a personal tour of our office.

  • Have a one-on-one introduction with Dr. Nick.

YOUR QUESTIONS. OUR ANSWERS.

Browse through our frequently asked questions from parents (just like you!).

  • What's the age range of children seen at Cascadia Kids Dentistry?

    We see children from the moment their first tooth emerges, which is often before they are 1 year old. So the short answer is: Children (close to) 1 to 18 years old.

  • Where do I send my patient forms?

    Please download the New Patient Forms and fax them to (253) 631-2281 (Kent) or (425) 432-2210 (Maple Valley) or email them to info@www.cascadiakidsdentistry.com prior to your appointment. If you are unable to complete the forms prior to your appointment, please arrive 30 minutes early to fill out the necessary paperwork. We look forward to taking care of you and your children!

  • What is the insurance policy at Cascadia Kids Dentistry?

    Our well-trained team and children’s dentist in Kent and Maple Valley, WA will submit insurance claims for you! But please remember, insurance is often a method of reimbursement and not a method of payment. If there is an out-of-pocket expense, we will assist you in estimating those prior to any treatment being performed.

    To maximize your dental benefits, we will need current insurance information prior to every appointment. Please call us to update your information or if you have any questions!

    We accept all insurance, Credit Card, Debit Card, Cash, and CareCredit.

  • Do I need a referral to see a pediatric dentist?

    Definitely not! Every child is welcome at Cascadia Kids Dentistry. Schedule your appointment now!

  • When should I start to use toothpaste?

    It’s safe to use toothpaste as soon as teeth erupt, but you don’t need much. A “smear” or “rice-size” amount is good until about age 3; use a “pea-size” amount for ages 3-6.

  • Does breast milk cause cavities?

    Not by itself; however, breast milk can cause cavities to grow faster. Brush or wipe your infant’s teeth after breastfeeding to help prevent early childhood cavities.

  • Is fluoride safe?

    Fluoride is considered the standard of care and is endorsed by the American Dental Association, the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the CDC, and many other dental associations. We use fluoride on our children!

  • When should my child see a dentist?

    By age 1 or when the first tooth appears in the mouth. Past that? That’s okay – it’s never too late to have your child see a dentist!

  • My child is afraid of the dentist, now what?

    Do you have a fear of going to the dentist? Your child’s fear may be the result of what you have told them. Regardless, dental fear is very common, especially if a child has had a negative experience at the dentist in the past. Come stop by for a visit, and you’ll see we will do everything we can to ensure a safe and calm experience.

  • Why fix baby teeth if they are only going to fall out?

    Every situation is unique and it depends on the tooth. Baby teeth are used to help kids bite, chew, have normal oral function, and hold space for permanent teeth. Infections in baby teeth can spread and cause serious problems. Making sure all teeth stay healthy is important.

  • When are braces needed?

    We will evaluate your children for braces as permanent teeth start to appear in the mouth. Most children don’t need braces until 11-12 years of age; however, we may suggest earlier braces if particular problems are present.

  • My child needs a filling, what should I tell him or her before the appointment?

    Let your child know they will be safe, calm, and comfortable. As a team, we will empower him or her to handle every dental appointment successfully. Please try to avoid using words like “shot,” “needle,” or “injection” before the appointment.

  • Have more questions?

    Give us a call, stop by, or check out these excellent resources:

From Dr. Nick Raklios:

“Please don’t hesitate to contact my team with your questions and concerns. We’re here to help partner with you to educate your child on the value of a healthy smile.”

Their Benefit, Your Options

Pay However

Our financial gurus are pros at helping you get the most flexible and affordable treatment for your children. 

  • Major insurance plans

  • Credit Cards

  • Cash

Visit Whenever

In the morning before work, during your lunch break, or on weekends, we are here for you. 

  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 5 pm.

  • Saturdays by request.

  • Parking lot available.

Worry Never

Nothing gets lost in translation at Cascadia Kids Dentistry. 

  • Multi-lingual? We speak English, Spanish, Russian, and Kid.

  • You’re busy. We are on time and do not make you wait.

  • We never force treatment. We aim to help kids view dentistry as fun and beneficial.

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Let’s Guide Your Child’s Development Together

Whether at the infant age or reaching young adulthood, we look forward to caring for your child’s smile.