Education Clinics: Pediatric
What is Pediatric Dentistry?
Dentistry is an age-defined specialty that
provides both primary and specialty
comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral
health care for infants and children through
adolescence, including those with special health
care needs. This
specialty emphasizes the prevention and
interception of oral diseases through early
intervention and comprehensive preventive
Become a Patient
The Department of Pediatric Dentistry
accepts new patients from ages 0 to 20 all year round and there is
no additional screening required to become a
patient of our clinics.
To request an appointment by email, please send your name, child's name, age and contact phone number to email@example.com. Otherwise, call one of the numbers below.
You can print and fill out this Medical History form and bring with you to your initial appointment
child is under 7 years of age, please call
504-941-8201 to make an appointment.
child is older than 7 years of age, please call
would like for your child to be seen at our
Special Children’s Dental Clinic located inside
Children’s Hospital (uptown New Orleans), please
call 504-896-1337/8 to make an
appointment or email the following information to
firstname.lastname@example.org: Your name, child's name, age, and contact phone number.
are a referring dentist, please fax one of the referral forms below to the desired clinic.
Referral form for Dental School Clinic: fax to
504-941-8200, attention Christina Hall.
Referral form for Special Children's Dental Clinic at Children's Hospital: fax to 504-896-1418, attention Rona Bradford.
our best to accommodate emergencies, including
walk-in emergencies, in the most timely manner
without inconveniencing our scheduled patients.
The services provided by the Department of
Pediatric Dentistry at the LSUHSC School of
comprehensive oral examinations,
professional teeth cleanings, radiographs
and professional fluoride applications
sealants (a protective layer of resin on the
grooves of teeth to prevent decay)
dental restorations (white fillings, silver
fillings, white caps, silver caps)
therapy (management of pain in the nerves of
space maintainers (to hold space for
permanent teeth if baby teeth are taken out
interceptive orthodontics and guidance of
eruption (early and selective management of
dental crowding or spacing problems in
children so that permanent teeth erupt in a
more favorable and esthetic position)
diagnosis and management and/or referral for
pathologic lesions in the mouth of children
management of trauma to primary (baby) and
interdepartmental care coordination with
other specialties of dentistry on a case by
natural for children to feel apprehension and
even exhibit uncooperative behavior for a dental
appointment and our doctors and staff members
make every effort to provide care for children
in a compassionate and friendly manner. The
doctors in our clinics also use advanced
behavior management techniques to help children
better tolerate the dental care provided. These
Tell-Show-Do: The dentist or assistant
explains to the child what is to be done, shows
an example on a tooth model or the child’s
finger and then the procedure is done to the
2. Positive Reinforcement: Rewards the
child who displays cooperative behavior with
complements, praise, a pat on the shoulder, or a
3. Voice Control: The attention of the
disruptive child is redirected by a change in
the tone and volume of the dentist’s voice
4. Mouth props: A device is placed in
the child’s mouth to prevent closure of the
child’s teeth on dental equipment
5. Hand and/or head holding by dentist,
dental assistant, or parent: An adult keeps
a child’s body still so the child cannot grab
the dentist’s hand or sharp dental tools. This
is to ensure patient safety.
6. Medical Immobilization: The child is
placed in a restraining device made of cloth and
Velcro. This is to ensure that the child does
not hurt himself/herself by his/her movements.
7. Nitrous Oxide Sedation: Nitrous
oxide (“laughing gas”) is a medication breathed
through a nose mask to relax a nervous child and
enable him/her to better tolerate dental
treatment. The child will remain awake but is
expected to be relaxed and calm. The nitrous
oxide is breathed out of the child’s body within
a few minutes of being turned off. We recommend
an adult hold the child’s hand as they leave the
8. Oral Sedation: Sedative drugs may be
recommended to help your child receive quality
dentistry in a safe manner if other behavior
management techniques do not work.
9. General Anesthesia: The dentist
performs the dental treatment with the child
anesthetized in the hospital operating room at
Children with Special Health Care Needs
Our doctors work in consultation with other
medical specialists in order to provide oral
health care for children who have special health
care needs, such as complex medical problems,
behavioral problems and developmental problems.
The Department of Pediatric Dentistry
accepts Louisiana Medicaid and LACHIP. No
additional fees are required to be paid for
procedures that are covered by Louisiana
Medicaid. However, your child may need other
services, and the fees for those services will
be identified to you.
not accept any other type of dental insurance
and fees for the services provided are expected
to be paid in full at the end of each
child has CHAPS through Children’s Hospital, you
will need to bring the Tooth Bus referral form
to the Special Children’s Dental Clinic.
Provides the Care:
Our doctors are first- and second-year
residents, who are already licensed dentists.
However, due to their motivation and interest in
specializing in the dental care for children,
they choose to continue their education in the
specialty of pediatric dentistry. They always
treat children under the supervision of faculty
members who already are pediatric dentists.
LSUHSC School of
Dentistry 4th floor Clinic
Building, 1100 Florida Avenue, New Orleans
Children’s Dental Clinic, Suite 2103,
Children’s Hospital, 200 Henry Clay Avenue,
New Orleans LA 70118
8:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm