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I am looking for a pediatric dentist in Gainesville. My insurance provider lists the following as in network: Ronnie Grundset, Henry Silervman, Edgardo Toro, and Reyes Angel. Has anyone had eny experiences with any of these dentists? My son will be three at the end of January and I am thinking that I should start taking him soon. That poses another question, when is it approporiate to start taking your child to the dentist? I appreciate any advice. Thanks!

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I was shocked when I had to take my 4 year old to a Pediatric Dentist.  We have always gone to a family dentist, and I've never had any complaints.  I've always been allowed to go back with the kids if they wanted me to.  No problems.  Recently, my 4 year old slipped off his chair at school and hit his mouth on the table.  They thought it knocked out his front tooth, but really, it shove his tooth back up into his gum.  My dentist, referred us to Dr. Grundset because of the trauma.  When I called Dr. Grundset's office, they warned me that they usually take the child back for the evaluation without the parents.  Now, I was still in partial shock due to the nature of the injury, so I just said ok whatever, let's get him taken care of.  When I got to her office, they in fact took him back all by himself.  I was not allowed to be with him at any point.  Maybe I'm just jaded by my previous experiences, but I found that very disturbing.  Then, someone proceeded to call me up to the desk and tell me it was going to be $$$.  I must have had my mouth hanging open, not from the expense, rather that no one had spoken to me about what was going on with my son.  She proceeded to tell me the fees were for the extraction.  Never once did the dentist see or speak to me.  I've worked in healthcare most of my adult life, and I have never been treated like this.  My son did fine, they had to pull out his baby tooth and now we wait for the permanent tooth to grow in in 3 years.  I had to sit in the waiting room during all of this, watching other little kids come out crying with cotton hanging out of their mouths.  Needless to say I cried with each of them.  She may be a very good dentist, but I wouldn't recommend that experience to anyone.  I have heard Dr. Silverman is very good, but I still have a problem with letting my 3 or 4 year old be examined without me in the room.  Make sure you ask that question before you schedule your appointment.

Priceless information, thank you! I am so sorry about your experience. That's why I asked, we Gainesville Mom's have got to stick together! Thanks again, Robin.

Robin Brown said:

I was shocked when I had to take my 4 year old to a Pediatric Dentist.  We have always gone to a family dentist, and I've never had any complaints.  I've always been allowed to go back with the kids if they wanted me to.  No problems.  Recently, my 4 year old slipped off his chair at school and hit his mouth on the table.  They thought it knocked out his front tooth, but really, it shove his tooth back up into his gum.  My dentist, referred us to Dr. Grundset because of the trauma.  When I called Dr. Grundset's office, they warned me that they usually take the child back for the evaluation without the parents.  Now, I was still in partial shock due to the nature of the injury, so I just said ok whatever, let's get him taken care of.  When I got to her office, they in fact took him back all by himself.  I was not allowed to be with him at any point.  Maybe I'm just jaded by my previous experiences, but I found that very disturbing.  Then, someone proceeded to call me up to the desk and tell me it was going to be $$$.  I must have had my mouth hanging open, not from the expense, rather that no one had spoken to me about what was going on with my son.  She proceeded to tell me the fees were for the extraction.  Never once did the dentist see or speak to me.  I've worked in healthcare most of my adult life, and I have never been treated like this.  My son did fine, they had to pull out his baby tooth and now we wait for the permanent tooth to grow in in 3 years.  I had to sit in the waiting room during all of this, watching other little kids come out crying with cotton hanging out of their mouths.  Needless to say I cried with each of them.  She may be a very good dentist, but I wouldn't recommend that experience to anyone.  I have heard Dr. Silverman is very good, but I still have a problem with letting my 3 or 4 year old be examined without me in the room.  Make sure you ask that question before you schedule your appointment.

All of my kids went to Dr Grundset and we never had any problems. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Now we use Dr Silverman because of our insurance and we like him too. Every peds dentist that I have ever dealt with have had the same practice. The first appointment (being a regular check-up) the parent gets to go back with the child. After that the kids go back on their own. I have never had a problem with this and neither have my kids. They do this because of the limited amount of space that they have in the back. The rooms are TINY! I will let you know that Dr Grundset did have a young boy die in her office last year while he was under anesthesia. It was HUGH news here in town but I never heard anything more about it. I am sure that if it ended up being because of something that Dr Grundset did we would have heard about it. You may want to check in to that. As far as age goes, I say the earlier the better. Good luck!!
We see Dr. Silverman and are happy with the care our children, ages 4 and 6, have received. My son went about a month ago and they checked with me if it would be alright to do an extra x-ray, not because of cost, but to make sure I was alright with him having the extra procedure. My children have never complained about going to see Dr. Silverman and actually seem to enjoy watching the tv and getting a new toothbrush. We went back the first time and now they go back by themselves. I think both of our boys started around 2 1/2 or 3, can't really remember.
We take our boys to Dr. Hank/Henry Silverman off of 43rd. I too was upset about having my then 3 year old go back alone. But for the initial eval, I was able to go back with both of my sons and Dr. Silverman talked to me at length and was very nice! I have not seen a single child cry the whole time I have taken my boys there and we have been approx 6 times so far and about to go again in February...After the initial exam, they do go back by themselves, but they have a TV that they control and can watch and then a video game they play while you are checking out ect. Honestly the first thought that I had when I heard them say that kids have to go back alone was pedifile. It really, really flipped me out. But it has been a great experience so much that my now 7 year old is only covered at 25% and I plan to keep taking him there. My 4 year old had to have a filling done and a sealence put on and they did it with no shots but did use a little bit of nitrous to make sure he had a good experience. I have not heard of a bad experience there:)

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