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does anyone know of a great pediatric dentist in the Tucson area? TIA!
 

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I have a good friend who sees Dr. Michael Wexler. My friend's dad is a dentist, so I trust her judgment. She is pretty holistic, also. I have seen Dr. Wexler socially a few times, and he's very nice and soft-spoken. I haven't been to him as a dentist, tho.
 

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He's not a pediatric dentist, but as a general dentist I LOOOVE Dr. Steven Swidler--he's a holistic/alternative dentist (mercury free) and is a very good dentist and a very kind person. His website is <a href="http://www.medicinewheeldental.com" target="_blank">www.medicinewheeldental.com</a>. If you'd prefer a pediatric dentist he would probably give you a good recommendation, too.
 

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bumping for any new input, I have found two significant cavities in my 2 1/2 year old that I would like to get looked at, and I am personally TERRIFIED of dentists.......<br><br>
also, does Dr. Swindler treat young children? It is unclear by his website.
 

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Personally,I am a little unsure about how to approach the dental thing with younger children. Recently two of my children have had dental work done. For my 5 yo, they used nitrous and local. I felt OK with this, and he was uncomfortable and a little scared of course, but did fine. My 3yo needed a little more done, and they suggested either general anesthesia, or oral sedative (Demerol!) so that they could take care of all the cavities at once. I went home and thought about it, but really did not feel right about giving my 3yo such heavy drugs, particulary since the cavities were not bothering him. So they tried to do it with the nitrous only (plus local), but when I heard his screams, I made them stop...they seemed a little miffed, but to me it was not worth it. He was terrified.<br>
The name is Dr Laila Hishaw, and I like this dental practice mostly--they do allow you in the room, which is really important to me. For routine stuff, they were fine with the 3yo sitting in my lap. During that hellish experiment described, I opted to not go in as they thought ds would do better if I wasn't in there.<br>
At this point I've jsut opted to try to care for ds's teeth well, and to wait til he's old enough to handle the whole thing before we proceed with getting those cavities filled!<br>
Will you be paying out of pocket, or needing to work with your insurance? Hishaw accepted Pima Health (through AHCCCS), but I have friends whose 2 (now 3)yo has needed pretty major dental work, and they opted to pay a dentist who takes a more personal and holistic (when possible) approach. This child did need to have some stuff done under general anesthesia, though for lesser procedures I believe he works without anything, relying on building a trusting relationship with the child. The family loves this dentist--I can get you his name if you like.
 

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Yes! I would love the name.<br><br>
We have insurance and there are only three pediatric dentists covered in tucson.... we are going to call on monday to see how they treat cavities in children and go from there.<br><br>
We are willing to pay out of pocket if we have to.. I was pretty traumatized by a dentist myself, so I really am trying to avoid that with dd.<br><br>
DD's teeth are not bothering her at all, so I feel quite torn as well. I feel like if I wait until they bother her, it could be worse to fix. I have considered trying other options to stop them from growing until she is older.<br><br>
I guess I just want a dentist to look at them and tell me how bad they really are and kinda go from there.<br><br>
maybe do a wait and see if it is not too terrible.<br><br>
thanks for replying!<br><br>
I really appreciate it!
 

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My SIL has a 7 year old dd, so a little older. She had been going to a dentist who told her dd had 6 cavities, 3 in permanent and 3 in baby teeth. The cost was going to be $1200. She was concerned not only about the $ but about doing that much work. She looked around at different practices and found these two dentists: <a href="http://www.canyondentalcare.net/home.html" target="_blank">http://www.canyondentalcare.net/home.html</a> (Dr. Pham and Dr. Nguyen). She loved them! They do a free second opinion. They did x-rays, and an exam and told her there were only 3 cavities and that they didn't recommend any work being done. They gave her a flouride rinse and said let's see her in 3 months and see what happens. They have a very modern practice. Kids can bring in a dvd if that helps. They are at broadway and alvernon. I haven't yet brought my ds in, but after her recommendation, I think they would be worth a try.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My SIL has a 7 year old dd, so a little older. She had been going to a dentist who told her dd had 6 cavities, 3 in permanent and 3 in baby teeth. The cost was going to be $1200. She was concerned not only about the $ but about doing that much work. She looked around at different practices and found these two dentists: <a href="http://www.canyondentalcare.net/home.html" target="_blank">http://www.canyondentalcare.net/home.html</a> (Dr. Pham and Dr. Nguyen). She loved them! They do a free second opinion. They did x-rays, and an exam and told her there were only 3 cavities and that they didn't recommend any work being done. They gave her a flouride rinse and said let's see her in 3 months and see what happens. They have a very modern practice. Kids can bring in a dvd if that helps. They are at broadway and alvernon. I haven't yet brought my ds in, but after her recommendation, I think they would be worth a try.</div>
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Thank You!<br><br>
that website sounds like they are pretty gentle and caring... plus they are the only ones I can find that are open on saturdays!<br><br>
I will call tomorrow. They even accept our insurance!<br><br>
Thanks!
 
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