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my sister is looking for a very gentle and understanding dentist to treat what we believe to be several cavities in her two year olds mouth. Also she dosen't have dental coverage so someone who works on a sliding scale would be good too.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I looked around a bit and asked around here when DS was very young. He had a small cavity at 15ish months. IMO, tough to find, unless there are some dentists I don't know about.<br><br>
DS sees Dr. Mauney off of 86/MLK in Chapel Hill. He did tell me that DS's cavity was from night nursing and to nightwean. Basically, I stood my ground and told him nightweaning wasn't an option. He also kind of implied that kids with cavities are often walking around w/ a sippy of juice and crackers/cheerios all day, especially if the mom is a SAHM "because there is no schedule." Yeah, that didn't fly too well with me. Essentially though, once I told him nighweaning wasn't an option (DS was going through horrible constipation at the time and wasn't eating much at all so he was understandably hungry at night), and that DS had had juice about twice in his life at that point and we rarely did cracker and were good about brushing, he kind of dropped discussing it (thankfully).<br><br>
That said, since that point he's been pretty good with DS. His cavity was on the back of one of his upper central incisors, which is a tough spot to get the filling (white composite) to stay very well. He's had it come out a few times, and while we paid out of pocket for the initial filling, he has done the fixes to it without charging us 2-3x since then (DS is now 3). He mostly does exams, etc. with child sitting in parent's lap, tipping back into the dentist's lap. For Logan's filling we had to hold him down, but he didn't balk at us being in there with him or anything like that. It was shallow so no novacaine. I didn't enjoy holding him down, but he did okay. The next visit was tough after that (he remembered the experience), but since then DS has been okay with them.<br><br>
Not sure if that helps. Dr. Mauney isn't my ideal choice, but I get the impression he's less hostile about BFing than some of the other ped dentists in the area. Not very comforting I guess.<br><br>
I'd love to hear any other suggestions if anyone has one. We're okay with the current situation but it took Dr. Mauney and I some time to come to our understanding <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I have come to like Dr. Mauney better over the years. The first dentist we saw was Dr. Neal (Keels et al in Durham) and we had a horrible experience, very bf unfriendly. In general, I have found Mauney to be reasonable and respectful, if still somewhat mainstream. They are also very low-key and non-invasive...my dd didn't want to have her teeth cleaned as a toddler, and they were fine with that, saying that at-home dental hygeine was the most important thing. I have heard that he has changed his tune on night-nursing (from a friend with a nightnursing toddler with a cavity), but can't personally verify that.<br><br>
My older dd had very serious dental problems--ironically they were missed b/c the office doesn't do routine x-rays on little ones, which was something I liked. My dd was treated very kindly by everyone, and LOVES to go to the dentist (she had GA, so the dental work itself wasn't a big deal for her). I found that Dr. Mauney was very kind and compassionate about my worry over the surgery and her dental work, and he genuinely seemed to care.<br><br>
You might want to do a search on this forum, there have been posts about this before!
 

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Man, not that many great choices, huh? We've been here a little less than a year from Texas and I keep being surprised that there were actually more crunchy/ap friendly choices in Dallas.<br><br>
Thanks all... I'll pass the info on. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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DD goes to Dr John Christensen. He had been recommended to me by lots of families and children. They go slow with new patients and he made no comment when I told him we were still breastfeeding.<br><br>
Hope that helps, Aimee
 

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y'know we've been happy with drs keels and neal in durham. i wimped out and didn't get greatly into the nursing bit. i think i conveniently "forgot" to put a date on how long we nursed and the hygenist ASSumed we were finished. i chose them because my dd1 is super doctor-phobic and i wanted a female dentist with as many distractions available as possible. we have a male peditrician (gentle, nice, if mainstream but repectful of parental wishes MAN) and dd1 absolutely FREAKS out about going to the dr. i put off the dentist as long as i could and was a tyrant about brushing teeth at home and we've been lucky to have no teeth issues.<br><br>
i also had heard varying things about the practice. i had another friend who was a LLL leader (not you Pinky) who loved their practice. that's where i heard about them first. her ds2 had to have a lot of work done on his teeth and she thought they did an excellent job. she was still nursing him at the time, too (he was maybe 3) and told them all about it. the drs have privileges at Duke so that's where he had the work done under general anaestesia (i so mispelled that). Pinky, i think Mauney does his work at UNC -- is that right? so if that's a factor in your friend's decision you might mention that. i had another friend who's ds had a tooth chip and they went to see keels and neal (don't know which dr they saw) and they were unimpressed and not happy. i think they ended up with dr mauney.<br><br>
anyway, long story short, we've been happy with keels and neal. they have all the bells and whistles in the office and the kids get to dig through a big plastic tote at the end of the visit and pick out a treasure (i.e.: cheap plastic toy). they have a brightly colored office with tropical fish and all sorts of distractions in the waiting room. the main selling point with us going there instead of dr mauney aside from them both being female is they can do my kids simultaneously -- two chairs and two hygenists in the same cubicle area. dd1 still has extreme anxiety, but they let her sit in my lap and lay her head in the hygenist's or dentist's lap. they haven't done x-rays yet. they did do fluoride varnish which i might have skipped, but what with all the caterwauling and anxiety in the room i wasn't quite prepared for it and they snuck it in before i knew what was happening. i have pretty bad teeth, so i'm happy that my kids have been spared so far. they haven't done x-rays yet (not that the mad kitten would let them -- she'd scratch and hiss and spit them out). the dentist we've seen has been dr neal and really she's been super patient with dd1's anxiety and very gentle. so ymmv. maybe she can set up a quick meet and greet? don't know if the dentists do that or not, but i interviewed for pediatricians while i was pregnant and that's how i ended up with ours. i'm sure she could at least call.<br><br>
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We like Dr. Mauney, too. The hygeinists are very gentle with DS. We always put on the sheet when were nursing, and they didn't say anything about it, but then again he didn't have any cavities. Dr. Mauney just gave us the lecture about the juice and raisins and chips & stuff like that, which was a nonissue anyway. I don't imagine they do sliding scale, though.<br><br>
Dr. Keels is with Duke Pediatric Dentistry <a href="http://dukehealth1.org/childrens_services/ped_dental.asp" target="_blank">http://dukehealth1.org/childrens_ser...ped_dental.asp</a> which would qualify for Medicaid, if not sliding scale (but I bet they can help in that area). Actually, now that I think of it, I think a large number of pediatric dentists accept Medicaid, if that is an option.
 

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I just took my kids to Duke Pediatrics and we liked it a lot. They didn't even blink when they asked how long my kids nursed for but it isn't an issue at this point since they are no longer nursing.<br><br>
The staff was very kind and gentle. They didn't push xrays. Keep in mind though, we have only been once and my kids haven't needed any work just check ups.
 
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