Welcome to Southland Children's Dentistry
Where Southern Smiles Grow
Are you looking for a gentle, caring pediatric dentist for your child? Do you have questions about dental sealants or other procedures and how they could be beneficial for your child? No matter your pediatric dental needs or questions, our team is here to help!
Providing Quality Pediatric Dental Services Since 1980
Since 1980, Steven D. Sample, D.D.S. has been providing excellent comprehensive pediatric dental care to children in Albany, GA and the surrounding communities. In 2016 Dr. Sample decided that after 35 years of service that it was time that he found someone that cared about his patients as much as he did so that he could begin his journey towards retirement. After a diligent search process he found Dr. Ron Fields. Dr. Fields came into the practice and the only thing that changed was the name! The practice is now called Southland Children’s Dentistry. Committed to providing children with the most innovative, cutting edge technology available, our entire team works hard to ensure every patient receives the care they deserve. We are specialists in providing dental care for infants, children, adolescents and special needs patients.
Dr. Ron Fields is always continuing his education in pediatric dentistry to ensure that he and his team are providing the highest quality of care to their patients. Our #1 Goal is for “Every child to have a good experience at Every appointment”. Our gentle and kind staff is dedicated to this goal and work with each child to achieve it. We take the time to discuss one-on-one with every patient and their parent about the patient's dental options and what best fits their needs, and will lead them to a beautiful smile as they grow.
Our facility houses the most up to date and high-tech x-ray equipment which allows a more accurate diagnosis as well as an exponential reduction in radiation exposure. We are also the only pediatric dental office in the region which offers IV sedation for children performed by a pediatric anesthesiologist. This allows even the most anxious of children to have extensive dental work performed in a calm and relaxing atmosphere. We are dedicated to creating a compassionate and welcoming environment whereby every child is happy to come to the dentist.
What is a Pediatric Dentist?
A pediatric dentist is a specialist, dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teenage years. Pediatric dentistry is one of the nine recognized dental specialties of the American Dental Association. Pediatric dentists complete two years of additional specialized training after the required four years of dental school to prepare them for treating a wide variety of children’s dental problems. They are also trained and qualified to care for patients with physical, mental or other medical disabilities. The very young, pre-teens and teens each have special dental needs. The Pediatric Dentist’s job is to make a child’s dental experiences enjoyable and to promote life-long good oral hygiene habits at an early age. Many parents recognize this special commitment and wisely choose a pediatric dentist to care for their children.
The key thing to remember is that preventing dental problems is easier, less costly and less scary for the child than fixing dental problems and preventing dental problems is what the pediatric dentist does best!
Your First Visit
We believe that first impressions are important. Your child’s first visit will be customized based on your child’s level of comfort and confidence in order to help foster a positive long term relationship.
In order to stream-line the check-in process, you can bring your new patient forms to the office with you on your first visit. If you are bringing more than one child, please fill out each form for each child. If you are unable to complete the forms ahead of time, please arrive at least 15 minutes early to do so.
At the first visit, Dr. Fields will complete a comprehensive dental exam making sure your child’s oral cavity is healthy and identify any dental decay that is present. If x-rays were taken at another office, please bring those images with you or have them emailed to our office. A dental prophylaxis and fluoride application will also be completed at this visit if necessary.
Tips for a Successful First Visit
Stay positive!! A child will use what they learn from their parents to decide how they feel about visiting the dentist. Tell your child that we visit the dentist to make sure our teeth are clean and healthy.
Avoid sharing too many details with your child that may be confusing or scary. Answer questions your child might have about the upcoming visit, but if there are questions you are not sure how to answer, in a child friendly way, please tell your child you aren’t sure and will ask the dentist.
Words to Avoid!
- Needle (Instead say sometimes the “sleepy juice” feels like a “mosquito bite”)
- Shot (Instead say we put cavity bugs to sleep with “sleepy juice”)
- Pain (We go to the dentist to help keep teeth from hurting or to get them to stop hurting when they do.)
- Drill (Instead we brush the cavity bugs out with our special “watergun toothbrush”.)
- “If you don’t behave the dentist will pull out all of your teeth.” (Or any variation of this phrase)
Whether your child is in need of a routine dental cleaning, tooth filling, or sealants; we are here to help. Call us at 229-439-8896 to make an appointment for your child today! We can't wait to see you!