[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]It is late in the day, and Dr. Saadia Mohammed is walking her patient and his mother to the door. The young man, with a twisted balloon animal in hand, is wearing a smile and checks it out in the mirror placed at child height. His mother is leading him out the door, but the young man is in no hurry to go. “Generally, kids are crying going into a dentist’s office,” says Dr. Saadia. “In our practice, they go out crying because they don’t want to leave.”
What is it that keeps youngsters and their parents looking forward to a visit with Dr. Saadia? It starts, she says, with the environment. For parents, that environment includes a state-of-the-art facility directed by the only female board-certified pediatric dentist in Boca Raton. The office features everything from an intra-oral camera, so patients and parents can see what Dr. Saadia sees, as well as a digital X-ray machine that emits 90 percent less radiation than traditional X-rays. The staff at Palm Beach Pediatric Dentistry also embraces quantitative light fluorescent technology as a diagnostic tool and has a microscope onsite for closer views.
For patients, Dr. Saadia says, the environment is welcoming and nonthreatening. “It’s got to be about fun, “she says. Perhaps no one has more fun than the dentist herself. “I have a blast doing what I do,” says Dr. Saadia. “There are not many professionals who can say they have as much fun at work as I do.”
Aside from making balloon animals—something she learned during her fellowship in pediatric dentistry at Yale New Haven Hospital—Dr. Saadia might spend time in the playroom filled with donated toys, helping a young patient get over some early misgivings. While it looks like play, there’s a very serious side to the business. “It’s a time of bonding,” she says. “Children aren’t going to trust just anyone to look in their mouth, let alone work in it.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]