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Looks like I'm post-happy today. Anyway, can anyone recommend a good dentist for my 4-year-old and 2-year-old boys? Just a general checkup/cleaning. Also, does anyone have any clue how much it should cost? This was all free in Canada...sigh.

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Hello!

We went with Dr. Lasser, Pediatric Dentistry (sorry, do not have the # on me); they have a couple of locations in RI - he is in Warwick. My DD is at times painfully shy and terrified of people she does not know and the staff really did a wonderful job of putting her at ease. The waiting room and subsequent prize after the exam (*gigantic* balloon!) is a kiddo's dream.

We, unfortunately, do not have dental insurance and the exam took a hefty chunk of our budget @ about $113. There are certainly clinics where you could go more cheaply. I agonized over this and ended up chosing this practice after several friends raved about it. I'm glad I did - it was an experience DD ended up enjoying. (And this is a kid who despite excellent vision and hearing always fails those tests because she is so terrified (even when she's in my arms) and tongue-tied by the people administering them.)

Good luck!
 

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Thanks!! My older son does remarkably well in those situations, so I might consider a clinic to save some $$. I didn't know of any - do you know how I could find out about some? I asked my ped and he was pretty clueless...
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I am now forced to go public with the embarassing fact that I'm very technologically disadvantaged & can't link you with this website. I cut and pasted below and hope the mods won't come after me:

Community Health Centers with Dental Centers

The Community Health Centers listed below offer dental services. However, Community Health Centers may not be accepting new
patients at the time that you call, may not provide all types of dental care, and/or may only provide dental care to their medical patients. Crossroads Rhode Island (formerly Travelers Aid) specializes in dental care for people who are homeless or at risk for homelessness.

Bayside Family Healthcare
308 Callahan Rd.
North Kingstown 02852
(401) 295-9706

Blackstone Valley Community Health Care*
9 Chestnut St.
Central Falls 02863
(401) 724-7110

Blackstone Valley Community Health Care*
42 Park Place
Pawtucket 02860
(401) 729-5239

Crossroads Rhode Island (formerly Travelers Aid)
160 Broad St.
Providence 02903
(401) 521-2255

East Bay Community Action Program (New Visions)
19 Broadway
Newport 02840
(401) 845-0564

Northwest Health Center
36 Bridgeway
Pascoag 02859
(401) 568-7661

Providence Community Health Center
557 Broad St.
Providence 02907
(401) 444-0430

Thundermist Health Center of South County
1 River St.
Wakefield 02879
(401) 783-0523

Thundermist Health Center of West Warwick
1219 Main St.
West Warwick 02893
(401) 615-2800

Thundermist Health Center of Woonsocket
191 Social St.
Woonsocket 02895
(401) 767-4161

Wood River Health Services
823 Main St.
Hope Valley 02832
(401) 539-2461

* Blackstone Valley Community Health Care's dental practice is restricted to its medical patients only. New medical patients are welcome.

Hospitals with Dental Centers
All of these hospital clinics serve children. Samuels Dental Center also serves adults who have special health care needs, such as mental retardation and developmental disabilities. These clinics may have a waiting list for the next available appointment, but if you have a
dental emergency, they may be able to see you sooner.
Pediatric Dental Center / Fatima Health Center
40 Broad St.
Pawtucket 02860
(401) 723-2891

Pediatric Dental Center / St. Joseph Hospital
21 Peace St.
Providence 02907
(401) 456-4461

Samuels Dental Center / Rhode Island Hospital
593 Eddy St.
Providence 02903
(401) 444-5284

Hope that helps! Good luck.
 

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You're welcome. Oh and one more thing that I left off the end of my cut & paste:

Dental Hygiene Clinic
Cleanings and exams, x-rays, and sealants are available at the dental hygiene clinic for a fee of $10 (each). All services are provided by appointment weekdays from September to May only. Services are provided by dental hygiene students under professional supervision. Services that must be performed by a dentist (such as fillings or dentures) are not available at this clinic. Appointments for children are
limited.
Dental Hygiene Clinic Address Town Zip Phone
Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) 1762 Louisquisset Pike Lincoln 02865 (401) 333-7250
 
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