Pediatric Dentistry of Pleasant Hill
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Pediatric Dentistry of Pleasant Hill
Doctors reviewed: AmyBeth Harmon
Re: Pediatric dentist for first timer?
If you are willing to travel to Pleasant Hill, there is a great
practice out here. It is called Pediatric Dentistry of Pleasant Hill.
There number is 925-947-1188. They are totally about kids: toys,
ballons, videos the whole works! My kids love going there..
Re: Worried first dentist visit will be traumatic
Both of my children LOVE to go to the dentist. I felt the same
way that you do, but a good pediatric dentist really is the
answer. My older child was quite good about brushing, but was
clingy at the time I took her the first time. It wasn't even
an issue. The dentist has such a child-friendly office with
murals on the walls, great toys, balloons, etc... She
willingly had her teeth brushed and examined and even had her
mouth x-rayed without a fuss and without wanting me. I had the
option of sitting beside her or remaining in an open viewing
area. (not behind glass, simply a comfortable sitting area
with tv and magazines near the examination area.) My youngest
child HATES to have her teeth brushed but will pop her mouth
open upon request for this dentist. I would recommend taking
your twins sooner than later. You'll feel reassured that a
trip to the dentist is manageable. Good luck! Our dentist is
Dr. Amy Beth Harmon at Pediatric Dentistry of Pleasant Hill.
925-947-1188. This may not be close to your home, but I
promise that their professionalism and child-friendly office
make it worth the trip!
I'd heard good
things about Pleasant Hill Pediatric Dentistry (Amybeth
Harmon), so I took my 2-year-old there. First they casually
said I should stop breastfeeding immediately, then
proceeded to (I felt) blame me for the three cavities they
found. I kept catching the dentist and hygienist giving each
other meaningful looks that I interpreted as ''Oh no, not
another one of those extended-breastfeeding types.'' They
said he'd need to be sedated to get fillings, at a cost of
something like $600 ($450 of which was payable in
advance, for the sedation, and was not covered by any
insurance). I left the office in tears and feeling horribly guilty.
Fortunately, I found a dentist in Concord, Richard Rissel ...
Our daughter used to go to Dr. Amybeth Harmon in Pleasant Hill. We
took her there 3 times (6 months apart)). We couldn't figure out if it was
our daughter (quite possibly) or Dr. Harmon that wasn't working out well.
The last visit was enough to make us switch out of her office to Dr. Neil
Katsura in the Orinda office (we haven't been yet). Dr. Amybeth, as she is
commonly referred to, is not good at dealing with a fearful child, which my
daughter is. The last visit, while my daughter was lying flat on her back
(bottom on my husband's lap and head on Dr. Amybeth's lap - the only way we
could get our daughter to allow her to check her teeth), Dr. Amybeth did a
fluoride treatment on our daughter without any warning to either our
daughter or my husband.
She just went into her mouth. Our daughter gagged and threw up all over
everyone. Dr. Amybeth didn't even apologize. My husband was horrified, as
was I once I heard the story. He also told me she kept muttering under her
breath, ''It's Saturday morning.'' That really bugged my husband as he took
it to mean the kids who came Saturday mornings were problems. In any case,
I called Dr. Katsura's office to make an appointment for her next checkup
even though he's only in the Orinda office on Thursdays. I do know
classmates of my daughter's who have had great success with Dr. Amybeth,
but we had a bad experience.
Can someone recommend a pediatric dentist in Walnut Creek/Lamorinda? Thanks.
Dr. AmyBeth Harmon of Pleasant Hill Pediatric Dentistry is great.
My kids love her. My son (4.5 years) is pretty fussy about who he
will let touch his teeth (an understatement), and he looks forward
to going to see Dr. Harmon.
This April we took our 3-year-old daughter to Amybeth Harmon of Pleasant Hill
Pediatric Dentistry (? something like that--look her up in the yellowpages under
specialty subheading of pediatric dentistry). It was my daughter's first visit to the
dentist. Most of her time was with the hygienist who did a gentle job cleaning her teeth
and showed her all the instruments. They took a Polaroid of my daughter holding a
huge foam toothbrush and let her pick out a toy from
the treasure chest when they were done, both of which my daughter loved. Dr. Amybeth
(as she introduced herself) came in for a check and made a point to tell my daughter
directly it was time to start flossing and then tell me to
help her floss at least a few times a week, daily being ideal but perhaps not possible. The
office staff was friendly and they have a gorgeous, kid-oriented office. Fun but not over
the top. No TVs in the ceilings!
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