We Know Kids, But Kids Know Us Better
By Cyndi Braun
Are you looking for a pediatric dentist? Before searching online, ask your family and friends. Chances are, they’ll recommend Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics.
Pediatric dentist Dr. Vishant Nath established the practice twelve years ago in Roswell. Pediatric Dentistry now has ten metro Atlanta locations.
Unique Dental Experience
When families walk into Canton Pediatric Dentistry, they realize right away that this is not the typical dental experience. The waiting room is filled with colorful art, toys, video games and TVs on the ceiling.
“We treat our patients as we would treat our own children,” said Dr. Nath, who has three daughters who are also patients. “We like to say, ‘we know kids, but kids know us better.’”
Staff greet patients and their parents with a smile, and often wear fun clothing and accessories to celebrate a holiday or season. During the year, Santa, the Easter Bunny and other special guests make scheduled appearances.
“Parents and patients feel the energy as soon as they walk in and see the environment,” said Dr. Nath, adding that the staff is down-to-earth and well-loved. “It’s our approach that really makes kids comfortable. No toy in the world is going to make them feel completely at ease. You’ve got to have quality interaction with them and with their parents, too.”
Staff and dentists take the time to get to know their patients and their families. Building relationships builds trust and helps young patients have a better experience.
“I try to connect with children on their level. I ask about friends, extracurricular activities, and reach out on a personal level. That’s how I start to gain a rapport. I also show them everything I’m going to do before I do it, and I let them ask questions before we get started,” said Dr. Tyler Kisling.
The staff and dentists ease young children into the dental experience by letting them have some control. The dental hygienist might ask a child’s mother to sit in the chair, so the child can count her teeth first. If the child wants to try on the dentist’s gloves or jacket, they let them do that as well.
“Before you know it, they have us sitting in the chair asking to count our teeth,” said Dr. Nath. “We get them to look in our mouths and their mom’s mouth to show them what we are going to do today and show them that they have nothing to be afraid of. Once the kids feel comfortable, we can get started.”
Some kids are more anxious than others. Some children with special needs require extra attention. Very young children and their parents need to be eased into the experience. The dentists at the practice are trained to help all children feel comfortable.
“I had a lot of dental trauma growing up, to the point where I was scared to go to the dentist, so when kids are nervous, I really understand how they are feeling,” said Dr. Dhruti Patel. “I show the kids everything we are going to do, and we practice on each other, so that makes it fun for them. I feel like I’m able to communicate with kids well because I’m a big kid inside.”
Once the dentists start providing care, they stay focused on the patient, which helps them anticipate any need the child may have. Ensuring a positive dental experience today can lead to a lifetime of good oral health.
“I feel like I can make a difference in a child’s lifetime. When you start kids on a path of good oral hygiene, you can help them prevent disease,” said Dr. Craig Blatt. “I really enjoy the children. They get excited about brushing and flossing, and they love visiting the dentist.”
Owner Dr. Nath is a practicing dentist and is not affiliated with any non-dentist corporate investment partners.
“My protocol has always been to treat kids like they are my own kids,” said Dr. Nath. “We employ local people, and we rely on local families to support our practice.”
The practice has offices in Roswell, Milton, Alpharetta, Canton, Perimeter, Duluth, Fayetteville, Kennesaw, McDonough and Norcross. Milton also offers adult dentistry. Each office has Saturday hours and extended hours one weekday each week. The practice accepts most major insurance plans, Medicaid and PeachCare For Kids. Check their website for a complete list.
The dentists on staff are all members of the American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
The practice is accepting new patients.
Introducing Pediatric Dentistry and Family Orthodontics’ newest orthodontist, Dr. Lewis. Dr. Lewis completed her orthodontic residency training at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine where she earned both her Certificate in Orthodontics and a Master of Science in Dentistry. Dr. Lewis practices at all Pediatric Dentistry and Family Orthodontics locations.
Canton Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, PC
3395 Sixes Road, Suite 140, Canton