What is the difference between a dentist that sees children and a “pediatric dentist”?

Often, new families to our practice will ask, “What makes your practice different?”, or “Why do you think my child will do better here?”.

The answer is simple! Our dentists, Dr. Fisher and Dr. Goodell, are board certified pediatric dentists and have advanced training in caring for infants, children, teens, and patients with special health care needs. Our office is designed to make your family comfortable and your child’s dental visits successful. Each of our employees have received training specifically geared to working with children

Pediatric Dentistry is a recognized specialty in the dental field. A pediatric dentist completes 2 additional years of specialized training after dental school. During their post-doctoral residency, pediatric dentists are trained in child psychology, growth and development, behavior management, emergency dentistry and trauma management, as well as dental procedures specifically utilized in the pediatric population. Pediatric dentists are experts in caring for highly anxious or fearful patients as well as patients with medical, physical, or mental challenges. In addition, Pediatric Dentists have advanced training in the use of nitrous oxide analgesia, conscious sedation, and treatment of patients in an operating room setting.

In addition to their specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Fisher and Dr. Goodell are both Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry is an optional advanced credentialing process. Board Certification involves an extensive written exam, a minimum of two years of clinical practice, and standing before a panel of experts for an oral examination. Our pediatric dentists feel Board Certification is an ongoing commitment to providing our patients with the highest level of care and staying up to date on the most current treatment, research, and technologies in the field.

Pediatric Dentistry is truly a calling that requires years of education, training, and practice. Our goal is to create a positive experience that reduces fear, increases confidence and prevents disease. Every child deserves the chance at a lifetime of good oral health and a trusting relationship with a dental office. Make sure that you and your child see a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist to help you with your child’s oral health needs.


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