A stay at home mom has a busy schedule. From doctor’s appointments for the kids to car pools to soccer practices to dance lessons, finding time for a mom to take care of herself can be almost impossible. Too often does mom put herself on the backburner so she can care for her family’s needs instead. So when she finally has someone who can catch the kids so she can get her dental appointment, most dental offices are closed. Finding a babysitter for one to two hours during the middle of the day is almost impossible, so she has to try and watch the kids while she gets her dental cleaning. This can often times be chaotic and stressful.
We value moms at Cardinal Dental. That’s why we have created a program called Cardinal’s Nest. This innovative program is first in its kind in St. Charles County. Now moms can rest easy and enjoy their dental appointment knowing that their children are taken care of.
What is Cardinal’s Nest?
Cardinal’s Nest is a special area in our office designed especially for kids. With toys and activities for every age group, this area is made for fun! This area is open at specific times during the week and supervised by one of our qualified staff members. Parents can check their children into this area before their dental appointment and then relax during their cleaning, filling, or crown. Parents have the ability to check in on their kids from their dental room using our closed circuit camera system.
In addition to having a great time while mom gets her dental appointment taken care of, kids will be taught the importance of taking care of their teeth and how to brush properly. Cardinal’s Nest also serves as a low stress introduction to the dental office, and can help kids learn that going to the dentist can be fun and not so scary.
How It Works
On Thursdays from 9-12, appointment spots are reserved especially for stay at home parents. Reservations can be made by contacting our office at 636-441-7440.
Special Amenities for Mom
Your dental appointment is designed to take care of not only your dental needs, but also YOU. Moms will be given top-notch stress-free dental care along with some special amenities. These complimentary services may be enjoyed:
- Hand massage
- Warm towel
- Warm neck roll
- Warm coffee or tea
Things to Know Before You Go
Please make sure to arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment to allow adequate time for checking children into Cardinal’s Nest. Families will be escorted to Cardinal’s Nest and introduced to our team who will be supervising play time. Shoes must be removed before entry. Children will not be allowed to be anywhere in the office except for the Cardinal’s Nest room. Make sure that children are freshly diapered and have had a bathroom break, as Cardinal Dental staff will not be able to change diapers or accommodate trips to the restroom. Parents will be alerted if the child needs a bathroom break, and will be asked to leave their appointment and take their child to the restroom. We will provide toys and activities for the children, so please do not bring your own toys to Cardinal’s Nest. No food or drink is allowed in Cardinal’s Nest, and our staff will not give medications. Sick children will not be allowed, so please give appropriate notice if you must cancel your appointment due to illness. Children will only be released to the person who checked them in Cardinal’s Nest. No exceptions will be made. Disruptive or inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated and the parent will be notified immediately. Parents of inconsolable children will be called back to Cardinal’s Nest and the dental appointment will be cancelled for that day. Cardinal Dental reserves the right to cancel a Cardinal’s Nest appointment. Children will not be allowed in the dental operatory.