Start Your Child's Dental Care Early
Early childhood/pediatric dental care is an important part of the care of your smile! We have partnered with this great practice to offer the services to our clients, from infancy forward.The services they offer include:
First Dental Visit
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child should see a pediatric dentist no later than his/her first birthday.
We will review your child’s medical and dental history, and gently examine your child’s teeth, oral tissues, and jaws. We will also evaluate teeth and gums, growth and development.
Dr.Razuri and Dr. Vasquez will provide a diagnosis, caries risk assessment, oral hygiene instructions, diet and detrimental habit counseling and oral trauma prevention and care. We will talk to your child with easily understandable words, pictures, and ideas. Your child will be motivated to take responsibility for healthy smile.
Along with the guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend X-rays only when necessary to protect your child’s dental health. For example, X-rays maybe needed to diagnose tooth decay or abnormalities. Or, they may be required for orthodontic treatment. We will discuss the need for X-rays with you before any are taken
Routine Dental Check-up
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a dental check-up twice a year for most children. Some children need more frequent dental visits because of increased risk of tooth decay, unusual growth patterns or poor oral hygiene.
Our doctors will assess your child’s need for the use of topical fluoride. Research has shown that fluoride is beneficial for the teeth, however to much or too little fluoride can be detrimental to the teeth.
Sealants protect the grooved and pitted surfaces of the teeth, especially the chewing surfaces of back teeth where most cavities in children are found. Made with white colored tooth filling material, they are an excellent preventive measure against decay.
Our doctors use state-of-the-art equipment, techniques and materials to provide the best care for your child. We use white-colored tooth filling materials and depending on the remaining tooth structure we offer different options for full coverage restorations (crowns).
Behavior Management Techniques
We use a simple approach with easy and fun language to make your child’s visit a pleasant experience. Our doctors and staff use different techniques for distraction, praising and rewarding.
If your child has extensive dental care needs and/or is fearful or anxious about dental treatment we offer different levels of sedation:
- Nitrous Oxide: “Laughing gas” is an inhalation agent used as a temporary form of relaxation. It reduces anxiety and decreases gag reflex
- Oral Conscious Sedation: Use of a single medication or a combination of drugs to help overcome anxiety during dental work. It is used for patients that are cooperative but have extensive dental needs or for patients that are mildly to moderately uncooperative. Nitrous oxide is used in addition to the oral medication.
- IM or IV Sedation: Medications provided by an anesthesiologist in the intramuscular – IM form or intravenous-IV form to have complete control over dental anxiety or uncooperative behavior. These are used for patients with extensive dental needs, very young children, patients with mental or physical special needs, patients with moderate to severe dental phobia or when oral conscious sedation has previously been ineffective.
- Hospital Dentistry/GA: Dental treatment provided in a hospital setting (Phoenix Children’s Hospital) under general anesthesia. This is used for very young patients with extensive dental needs, patients mentally challenged or medically compromised.
A Small World Dentistry
Address: 5533 E. Bell Rd, #115, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Clinic Hours: Monday – Thursday: 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Dr. Dani Vasquez
Dr. “Dani” received her dental degree at the Central University of Venezuela. She continued her training in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Connecticut Health Center and graduated in 2002. After completing her residency training she worked for another year as a Clinical Instructor for the Pediatric Dental Department. Dr. Vasquez was awarded the Graduate Student Research Award by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Vasquez previously practiced in a private pediatric dental office in Mesa for over 3 years and the West Valley for another 5 years. She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Arizona Society of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Vasquez is originally from Caracas, Venezuela but she has made Arizona home. She and her family love to travel, hike, and spend time with friends and family.
Dr. Todd Christensen
Dr. Christensen received his dental degree from the University of Connecticut in 2000. He then completed an Anesthesiology residency at Loma Linda University in southern California in 2002 and began his practice in Arizona as a Dentist Anesthesiologist that same year.
He is thankful for the great working relationship with Dr. Vasquez and has been providing anesthesia services here since A Small World Pediatric Dentistry opened in 2007.
Dr. Christensen is a member and Fellow of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, and a Diplomate of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. He is also an active member of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists.
Dr. Christensen comes from a large family and grew up in Mesa. He and his wife Cheryl have 3 adult children with grandchildren on the way, and most weekends he can be found knee deep in nieces and nephews. Dr. Christensen and his family love the outdoors, road bike touring, backpacking, camping, and getting to the beach whenever possible.