Pediatric dentists fulfill an important niche of serving only kids and teens. Sure, all regular dentists can technically clean little mouths and hand out stickers, but those specializing in children have a keen understanding of their demeanors and dental issues. Pediatric dentists will also accept infants and toddlers, whereas many regular dentists have an age 3 minimum. In addition to kid-size chairs and equipment, pediatric dentists tend to have bedside manners tailored to soothe scared patients and calm wiggly ones. Here’s a list of dentists in Long Island whose businesses focus solely on kids. We’ve noted those with all-female dentists as some infants and toddlers may have preferences or aversions to certain genders.
Adelberg and Montalvan Pediatric Dental
Seven dentists work at this dental office, the first on Long Island to offer Versa Wave Laser Dentistry which allows them to gently clean out most cavities without the need of shots. Services include preventive treatment, restorative care, IV sedations with a dental anesthetist, and orthodontics. In addition, these dentists are specially trained in providing dental care for handicapped and special healthcare needs patients.
Where: 2 Locations – 62 Lake Ave., Suite A, Nesconset, NY 11767 and 1000 F. Park Blvd., Massepequa Park, NY 11762
Contact Info: Nesconset (631) 360-7337 and Massepequa Park (516) 798-1111
All About Smiles
Two female dentists run All About Smiles. Headed by Dr. Juarez, this mother of three states she has insight into children’s fears and emotions and will treat your children like her own. Her goal is to have every child enjoy coming to the dentist. The office features fun ocean-themed décor to soothe little ones.
Where: 5036 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 307, Commack, New York 11725
Contact Info: (631) 486-6220
Barry L. Jacobson, D.M.D.
Dr. Jacobson and his team of dentists provide a fun environment full of toys and games. To treat certain tooth issues, they use Waterlase® laser technology which reduces procedures to just minutes instead of possibly hours. Dr. Jacobson has four offices throughout the New York City tri-state area (Flushing, Bronx, Teaneck). The Long Island office is located in Melville.
Where: 999 Walt Whitman Drive, Melville, NY 11747
Contact Info: (631) 667-6453
The all-female staff of seven dentists runs this dental practice with locations throughout Long Island. Dr. Saval heads the group and services kids from infants to teens as well as those with special needs. She discusses the benefits of oral care for children with Autism in an Autism Speaks video.
Where: 4 Locations in Manhasset, North Babylon, Holbrook, and Merrick
Contact Info: Manhasset (516) 365-5439, North Babylon (631) 254-5437, Holbrook (631) 254-5437, and Merrick (516) 365-5439
Kid’s Smile Children’s Dentistry
Dr. Glen grew up in Smithtown and at a young age decided to become pediatric dentist based on the positive experiences he received from his own pediatric dentist. After he received his dental education, he returned to his hometown to open his practice. Dr. Glen has been providing dental care to infants, children, adolescents, and special needs kids since 1998.
Where: 50 Route 111, Suite 214, Smithtown, NY 11787
Contact Info: (631) 265-3266
Marjaneh Azin, D.D.S.
Dr. Azin’s gentle and soothing voice has a knack for calming scared children. Her waiting room is filled with blocks, books, and other toys. Dr. Azin takes the time to explain each step to children, even letting them feel the buzzing rotation of the dentist’s toothbrush before starting the cleaning. In addition to accepting many health insurance plans, she offers discounts for those without insurance or to parents with more than 2 children.
Where: 2 Locations – 118 Nassau Rd., Huntington, NY 11743 and 387 E. Main St., Bay Shore, NY 11706
Contact Info: Huntington 631-479-2124 and Bay Shore 631-206-6911
Merrick Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Elbaz is the sole pediatric dentist in this office which touts the motto, “Personal Attention. Healthy Smiles. Welcoming Environment. Always the Same Doctor.” Dr. Elbaz offers optional office tours to kids to get them comfortable before their dental appointments. Kids can have their pictures taken in a dental chair, learn about dental tools, healthy brushing, and eating habits. Dr. Elbaz will also work with schools and day care centers to teach kids about healthy teeth. Each child is given a toothbrush to take home.
Where: 1469 Merrick Ave., Merrick, NY 11566
Contact Info: (516) 547-1997
Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County
Four dentists make up this dental group. Parents are invited to stay with their child during the initial visit and then are encouraged to allow independence with staff to gain a child’s confidence. The office also offers orthodontics.
Where: 2 Locations – 2171 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 145, Commack, NY 11725 and 3237 Route 112, Bldg 6, Suite 7B, Medford, NY 11763
Contact Info: Commack (631) 486-6364 and Medford (631) 320-0880
Suffolk Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics
Seven doctors work at this dental group that provides everything from annual cleanings to braces. Its parent-friendly website provides information on common dental questions such as baby bottle tooth decay and the impact on teeth from thumb sucking. Children can also enjoy the site through the many interactive games posted.
Where: 2 Locations – 8 Medical Drive, Port Jefferson, NY 11770 and 6144 Route 25A, Suite D20, Wading River, NY 11792
Contact Info: Port Jefferson (631) 928-8585 and Wading River (631) 929-7575
That Broadway Smile
Light up kids’ faces with this Broadway-theater themed dentist office. Three dentists and two orthodontists work in this practice that features a reception desk shaped like a ticket booth. Kids can watch films in the theater-style waiting room seats. Those wishing to pass time playing games can utilize the three TV screens and video consoles. Each patient room is elaborately decorated from floor to ceiling with cartoons. The staff also specializes in treating special needs patients and provides a relaxing environment to make each dental visit pleasant.
Where: 800 N. Broadway, Massapequa, NY 11758
Contact Info: (516) 753-KIDS
The Smile Station
Three dentists serve this office that provides regular dental care in addition to orthodontics. Its website provides good resources on early dental care, sedation dentistry, and orthodontics. Kids can engage with over a dozen online games posted on their website.
Where: 380 N. Broadway, Jericho, NY 11753, Suite L1
Contact Info: (516) 433-1422
By Maria Wen Adcock