Pediatric Dentistry in Dallas

Patient Info

Woodhill Dental Specialties has been providing board-certified, pediatric dental health care to the children of Dallas/Fort Worth since 1949. Centrally located, serving the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, Lakewood, Lake Highlands, M-Streets, Richardson and surrounding areas. 

Call us at (214) 691-1172 to learn more about our practice, schedule an office tour or to schedule an appointment.

Variety of Pediatric Oral Health Services

Maintaining healthy teeth is critical for kids. While baby teeth eventually fall out to be replaced by adult teeth, the quality of dental care and the habits formed during childhood have a significant impact on a child’s overall health. Scheduling regular dental examinations (every 6 months), dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, and providing preventative oral health care like dental sealants can prevent future dental health issues as children grow.

Woodhill Dental Specialties offers a wide variety of pediatric dental services that meet all of your pediatric dentistry needs. This includes: 

  •  Pediatric dental examinations, dental cleanings
  • Orthodontic evaluation and treatment
  • Fluoride treatments and therapies
  • Pediatric restorative dental care (fillings, crowns, extractions)
  • Referral to a wide-network of specialists and general dentists for dental issues outside the scope of our care.

Comfortable Traditional Private Practice Setting

There is no reason why your kids need to fear the dentist. Our fun and comfortable office has been designed with kids in mind. This includes our waiting area that features large stuffed animals, books, toys, and state of the art digital entertainment. Whether you arrive early for your child’s appointment or have other kids to keep entertained during another child’s dental cleaning, our office takes the pressure off of you to keep children engaged. There is even a wide range of magazines and a coffee bar for the adults too.

Highly-Trained Experienced Staff

We know that every child is precious. As a pediatric dental practice, Woodhill Dental Specialties is committed to providing the highest level of quality care for our patients. Our doctors, hygienists, assistants, and office staff continue their education to keep up with the latest treatments and technology in pediatric dentistry. We attend conferences, read industry publications, and attend additional training so that we can provide the highest level of dental care to our patients of all ages. Our staff has been with us much longer than the industry averages(most for 10+ years, some as long as 30+ years), so rest assured you will always see the same smiling faces when you return.

Overcoming Kids’ Fears

We endeavor to make each visit a positive experience for your child. We understand that your child may be apprehensive. We will leave no stone unturned to alleviate that feeling by providing a nurturing and caring environment. Our biggest compliment is that most children can’t wait to come back to see us the next time!

Relationship-Based Care

Establishing lasting relationships with our patient families based on mutual trust is extremely important to us. We realize that caring for your child is both an honor and a privilege. We appreciate your trust and confidence in our office to meet your expectations and your child’s needs. We strive to create long lasting relationships with our patients to better monitor their dental health and provide a higher level of care.

It is important to have a pediatric dentist that your family can trust for every dental need. Woodhill Dental Specialties has more than 70 years of experience in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics and we know what it takes to treat our patients with the highest level of care. 

Call us at (214) 691-1172 to learn more about our practice, schedule an office tour or to schedule an appointment.

Pediatric Dentistry FAQs

What if my child knocks out a baby tooth?

Sometimes accidents happen, and if a baby tooth is knocked out, the mouth will likely bleed quite a bit. Rest assured, by holding pressure on the site of injury (having your child bite on a slightly damp, clean paper towel putting pressure on the tooth socket) the bleeding will stop in a few minutes. Once any bleeding is under control, call our office right away. We will likely ask for pictures of the injury and if you have the tooth, the tooth as well. If the injury warrants it, we will see you right away. It is extremely unlikely that the baby tooth will be replanted. We always act in the interest of their developing permanent teeth, and replanting baby teeth can often cause more problems. We may ask to see the tooth if you have it, but after all is addressed, it can go under the pillow for the tooth fairy. 

What if my child knocks out an adult tooth?

When a child knocks out an adult tooth, it’s a more serious situation than a knocked out baby tooth, but in most cases the tooth can be saved. Your first two goals are the same: stay calm and stop the bleeding, as described above. Next, locate the tooth that’s been knocked out. If the tooth remains intact (not fractured), then placing it gently back in the socket is the best case scenario. If you are unable to do so, placing it in a cup or bag of milk is the next best thing. Call us right away. We will try to see you within the hour. Outcomes for avulsed (knocked out) teeth are best if we see you quickly. We have had many circumstances where we replant the teeth, splint them, and the teeth ultimately survive. In other cases, the tooth may require root canal therapy at a later date but the tooth can still survive in the mouth for years to come. Timing is everything. Call us right away. 

What is special needs dentistry?

Children and adults with special needs can also require special considerations when it comes to dentistry. Pediatric dentists are the dentists best trained to take care of children and adults with special needs. We tailor our services to the needs of each individual. When it comes to specific health conditions, this may mean coming up with a treatment plan in conjunction with you and your child’s other healthcare providers, sometimes utilizing techniques such as in office sedation or general anesthesia when required, and allowing ample time for each appointment. For all children, including those with special needs, it’s important that all dental visits are positive experiences that foster trust between patient and dentist. This lays the foundation for a lifetime of optimal oral health.

Is sedation dentistry safe for children?

We understand that sedation dentistry can be a subject fraught with anxiety for parents. Being specialists, we are equipped to handle most dental situations with minimal sedation. The easiest form of sedation is administering nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Nitrous oxide is extremely safe and often creates enough distraction that allows us to complete dental treatment in a very comfortable manner. Because it is inhaled and mixed with 100% oxygen, we can titrate (carefully control) the dosage and at the end of the appointment, flush it all out of our patients lungs so they leave without residual effects. Your child remains conscious with nitrous oxide, which means there is very little risk involved. Side effects are minor, including a heavy or tingling sensation in the arms and legs that is gone by the end of the appointment.

For some patients, nitrous oxide sedation is not sufficient. In these cases, we employ other methods, such as oral sedation, IV sedation and general sedation to accomplish our goals with minimized risks to our patients. Our office receives frequent and specific training and certifications in the field of pediatric dental sedation to have this as an option to our patient families. We have been offering these services here for over 30 years and we remain very conservative and careful with every child we see. We also adhere carefully to the current American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) guidelines for dental sedation to ensure that your child does not encounter any unnecessary risks and is safe throughout their procedure.

At what age should children begin going to the dentist?

If your child has a tooth, he or she is old enough to go to the dentist! The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children visit the dentist for the first time by the age of one. This visit isn’t only to check for cavities and evaluate their growth and development; it’s also to answer your questions and help instruct you on how to care for your little one’s new teeth.

Why choose a Pediatric Dentist Over a General Dentist?

The difference between a pediatric dentist vs. a general dentist is the pediatric dentist has gone through years of additional training to specialize in taking care of children’s oral health. There are specific approaches that work better with children and pediatric dentists employ them every day. Their offices and staff also are geared toward creating the best environment possible for children to make them comfortable, put them at ease, and to help them have a great experience. These great experiences add up over time to prevent future dental anxiety and fear as an adult.

Do you have more questions? Contact us online or call us today at 214-691-1172.

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