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Smile Street Pediatric Dentistry offers a variety of treatment options depending on your child’s anxiety needs.
Used To Fill Small Cavities
Used To Restore Larger Cavities
Recommended twice a year
Important for holding space for permanent teeth
Specialty Sedation Services
We specialize in pediatric sedation dentistry for anxiety-free dental care
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a mild form of sedation that’s best for children with fairly low anxiety. The nitrous oxide is inhaled through a fruit-scented device over your child’s nose. The nitrous oxide takes effect quickly and the gas will be inhaled for the duration of the treatment to keep your child calm.
Oral Conscious Sedation
This form of sedation is more moderate for children who have a greater level of anxiety or fear of dental treatment. For oral conscious sedation, your child will need to arrive for their appointment in the morning on an empty stomach. The sedative will be administered based on your child’s weight. Once it takes effect, your child will inhale nitrous oxide during their procedure. Your child will be fully alert.
This is the deepest form of sedation dentistry and requires an anesthesiologist to administer the sedative and monitor your child’s vitals during treatment. IV sedation is reserved for children with the highest levels of anxiety or those who require extensive treatment. It may also be recommended for children who had unsuccessful visits using oral conscious sedation.
We are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for children of all ages. While we focus on preventative care, we also offer restorative dental services and counseling.
We understand that many children are afraid of their upcoming dental appointment. We offer solutions to make your visit as easy as possible including sedation dentistry and technology.
Dr. Marissa Faeldan-Suarez
Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from UCLA Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Advanced Pediatric Dentistry training at USC
As a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Marissa Faeldan-Suarez is dedicated to caring for the oral health of infants, children, & adolescents. Dr. Faeldan-Suarez obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at The University of California, Los Angeles.
At UCLA, she achieved the UCLA Award of Excellence in Pediatric Dentistry, demonstrating her desire to further her knowledge in the specialty. In recognition of Dr. Faeldan-Suarez’s intimate involvement in the local community, she was awarded the Wyatt Rory Hume Scholarship. Thus began her journey into Pediatrics.
We use several forms of sedation dentistry to help our anxious patients feel comfortable and enjoy a pleasant visit to the dentist. If your child is nervous about seeing a dentist, requires more extensive dental work, or you aren’t sure if they will be able to sit still for their visit, ask us about the most appropriate form of sedation.
Special needs patients?
Smile Street Pediatric Dentistry welcomes special needs patients of all ages. Dr. Marissa and her team are specially trained to manage the dental needs of patients with special needs. We customize your child’s care to accommodate their needs while going above and beyond to make your child feel comfortable throughout their appointment.
Your Child’s First Visit
The ADA recommends your child receive their first dental checkup by age 1. Early dental appointments are important for developing healthy oral habits and making future visits to the dentist easier and more comfortable. We will also check your child for cavities and develop a preventative treatment plan to ensure great oral health for the future.
Why Choose SMILE STREET
Our Goal At Heart Is Simple – Create A Healthy Smile For Your Child
Smile Street Pediatric Dentistry uses the latest technology to help your child enjoy a stress-free and easy dental appointment. We offer WiFi and new iPads in our lobby to keep children entertained before appointments. To help kids stay calm and still during visits, we have LED flat screens that play child-friendly movies above every dental chair.
Safe Sedation Dentistry
We understand that visiting the dentist may be frightening for children, especially if they have had a bad experience with another children’s dentist in Los Angeles. Smile Street Pediatric Dentistry offers three forms of safe sedation dentistry to help your child stay relaxed or asleep during their appointment.
Smile Street Pediatric Dentistry focuses on preventative care to protect your child’s teeth and oral health. We recommend dental visits every 6 months for a dental cleaning and fluoride application. A dental cleaning removes plaque from your child’s teeth that can contribute to cavities. Fluoride treatments, combined with sealants, are effective at protecting your child’s enamel and guarding against cavities.
You can count on Smile Street Pediatric Dentistry for anxiety-free, caring treatment. We perform all types of pediatric dental restorative services including white crowns and fillings to restore your child’s smile and bite.
We develop treatment plans tailored to your child’s needs. This may include preventative treatment such as sealants that can reduce the risk of cavities by up to 80%, fillings to treat smaller cavities, and mouth guards to treat bruxism or teeth grinding. We can also help with early assessment and treatment for incorrect bites or misaligned teeth and provide counseling for habits like thumb sucking.
Special Needs Dentistry
We believe that every child should receive the highest-quality dental care. Smile Street Pediatric Dentistry serves the Greater Los Angeles, Marina Del Ray, and Inglewood area with special attention for patients with special needs. We understand how important it is to choose the best children’s dentist in Los Angeles to give your child the care he or she needs without anxiety or hardship. Our entire staff has received additional training to accommodate all types of patients.
Smile Street Dentistry
The ongoing relationship between a dentist and a child patient is critical to maintain a healthy oral environment.
What Is a Pediatric Dentist?
A pediatric dentist undergoes 2 to 3 additional years of specialized training following dental school that is focused on infants, children, and adolescents. Pediatric dentists monitor dental growth and development through the various stages of childhood and help children avoid future dental problems. A children’s dentist in Inglewood, CA can provide comprehensive oral health care that includes oral health exams, preventative dental care such as fluoride treatments and sealants, habit counseling, early assessment, cavity repair, and care for dental injuries.
Why Are Primary Teeth Important?
It’s a common misconception that primary teeth are not important because they will eventually fall out and be replaced by permanent teeth. While “baby” teeth are meant to fall out, they still serve several very important functions and need to be cared for. Your child’s primary teeth don’t just help your child chew and speak properly; they also hold the space in the jaws for the permanent teeth that are already growing. When a baby tooth is lost early or needs to be pulled, the permanent tooth no longer has a guide. The baby teeth are meant to guide the permanent teeth into the correct position. Without a baby tooth, the space for the permanent tooth may be reduced or the tooth may come in crooked or misaligned.
When Will My Child’s Teeth Grow?
There is a wide spectrum during which your child’s primary teeth can erupt and when permanent teeth begin to appear. Teeth begin to form before birth and usually start to erupt as young as 4 months or even younger. The first teeth to erupt are usually the lower central incisors then the upper central incisors. By the age of 3, most children have all 20 primary teeth. Primary teeth are usually lost in the order in which they appear. Permanent teeth usually begin to erupt around the age of 6 beginning with the first molars and lower central incisors. Permanent teeth will continue to appear until around the age of 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth and may have up to 4 third molars or wisdom teeth.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe for My Child?
Sedation dentistry is a safe option to help combat your child’s fear of seeing a children’s dentist. There are three types of sedation dentistry that a pediatric dentist may use. The most common is nitrous oxide. A nitrous oxide children’s dentist may recommend this mild form of sedation to help your child feel more comfortable. It’s also the safest option. Oral conscious sedation also has minimal risks because the medication will be administered based on your child’s weight to stay within safe guidelines. IV sedation or sleep sedation is administered via IV. While this form of sedation comes with the greatest risk, it is typically well tolerated with minimal adverse reactions.
How Do I Find a Pediatric Dentist Who Accepts Medicaid or MediCal?
Are you searching for a children’s dentist that accepts MediCal or Medicaid? At Smile Street Pediatric Dentistry, we are committed to protecting the oral health of all children in Los Angeles, Inglewood, Brentwood, and surrounding areas. We accept all forms of insurance, including MediCal and Medicaid to help you access high-quality dental care for your child. If you are searching for an experienced pediatric dentist that takes Medicaid and MediCal in the Los Angeles area, please give us a call to schedule an appointment.
Meet our Staff
Our professional & qualified staff maintain a healthy & caring environment.
Manager & Financial Coordinator
Ana has more than 20 years of managing and dental administrative experience with a dedication to providing the best for our patients’ experience and dental care. Ana is great at helping patients arrange financial arrangements within their budgets and explaining procedures performed in our office. She also loves giving our young patients a great experience with a prize and smile when they leave. Ana speaks English, Armenian, and Farsi and enjoys painting and gardening in her free time.
Dr. Marissa Faeldan-Suarez
Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
Dr. Faeldan-Suarez is committed to high-quality dental care for infants, children, and adolescents. She obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of California, Los Angeles where she achieved the UCLA Award of Excellence in Pediatric Dentistry. She was also awarded the Wyatt Rory Hume Scholarship in recognition of her involvement in the community. In 2012, Dr. Faeldan-Suarez achieved Diplomate status with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry to become a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist.
Rossana welcomes visiting families with a smile, coordinates appointments, and specializes in insurance billing. Rosanna loves her job and has more than one decade of experience. In her free time, she enjoys running marathons, hiking, and spending time with her son and daughter.
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