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What To Expect at Your First Dentist Appointment

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Your first dentist appointment

Request an Appointment

Request an appointment on our contact page, or give us a call at (805) 922-9626 to set up a time that works for you. Set aside 1 hour for your appointment.


Complete new patients forms

Fill out forms online prior to your appointment so we can hit the ground running when you arrive at our office.


Meet with your new dental team

We’re so looking forward to meeting you and your child! We think you’re going to love it here and can’t wait to get started.

Preparing for your child’s first dentist appointment

Welcome to Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry. We’re here to make your child’s experience as fulfilling as possible.

When you come to our office for your child’s appointment, we ask that you bring the following items:

    Photo ID, including a valid driver’s license or state ID.

    Insurance card or information.


    A facemask to wear while in the office.


    Any information on your child’s oral health or anything they’ve been complaining about or experiencing.


    Any questions or concerns you have about your child’s care or oral health.

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    What to expect at your child’s first appointment

    We’re your child’s trusted partner in oral health. At your first appointment, you’ll speak with Dr. Pedersen to discuss your child’s health, any concerns you have, and ways to ensure optimal tooth development as your child grows.

    Typical treatments performed at a first appointment:

    • Comprehensive exam
    • Dental cleaning
    • Any needed x-rays
    • Fluoride treatment
    • Guidance on proper oral health at-home care


    When should my child first go to the dentist?

    We recommend scheduling your child’s first dentist appointment around their first birthday, or once their first tooth comes in.

    Set a foundation for a lifetime of smiles

    We’re here for you and your child. Let’s work together to provide them with the smile they deserve.

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    Denti-Cal & most insurance accepted

    We are in network with most PPO dental insurances, and are the only local pediatric dental specialist accepting Denti-Cal. Not sure if your specific plan is accepted? Contact us today for a complimentary benefits check.

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    No insurance? We’ve got you covered.

    We offer an in-house discount plan and payment plans to help you afford care.

    Our in-house discount plan includes:


    • 2 comprehensive exams and cleanings per year, including any needed x-rays
    • Discounts on any needed treatment

    Hear from our patients


    A really amazing experience! Dr. Pederson was so nice and welcoming. I am definitely excited to bring my kids back here in 6 months! Thank you Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry!

    – Jasmine V.

    Meet Your Pediatric Dentist

    Anne Pedersen, DDS

    • Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
    • Doctorate of Dental Surgery, UCLA School of Dentistry
    • Pediatric Dentistry Specialty Certificate,Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic
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    At Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry, we work hard to empower parents to make the right choice for their child’s health. At every appointment, our team will review all reasonable treatment options and help you make the best choice for your child.

    We’ll also stress the importance of at-home care and how the food your child eats can affect their dental health.

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    Our Office

    1414 S Miller St Suite J
    Santa Maria, CA 93454

    Get Directions

    Call (805) 922-9626


    Monday - Thursday: 8am - 4pm

    Friday: 8am - 12pm

    Saturday - Sunday: Closed

    Now Welcoming New Patients