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What Sets Us Apart

Here at Behind the Smile Dentistry for Children, Dr. Eric Downey, Dr. Carolyn Muckerheide, Dr. Ashley Schaaf, and our pediatric dental care team and our pediatric dental care team love coming to the office each morning. Our practice is a happy one, filled with laughter and smiles from our patients, their families, and our staff. This cheerful atmosphere is carefully nurtured. We actively listen to our patients, providing them with the information they need in an easily-understood manner, ensuring that every visit is filled with positive experiences.

Working with pediatric patients, from infants through young adults, is wonderfully rewarding. We get to start our patients on a healthy path, teaching them about their oral care, and making sure that they develop excellent habits at an early age. This means less dental issues as they grow-up and better overall health. We also stress early intervention, correcting any problems before they become serious. With any treatment, we discuss the options with parents and the patient, encouraging them to play an active role in the decision-making process.

Some young patients fear going to the dentist. They may have heard that the dental office is unpleasant or scary, leading to stress and anxiety. We do everything in our power to disprove that worry. Our offices have been designed for patient comfort, including televisions in the exam areas and play areas where the children and their siblings can enjoy themselves. Before we start any procedure, we talk with our patients about what is going to happen and reassure them that there will be absolutely no pain. For those with severe dental anxiety, we offer IV sedation so they can sleep during the treatment.

Behind the Smile Dentistry for Children has two conveniently located offices. Our Murrayhill practice is in Beaverton and our Amberglen practice is in Hillsboro, OR. We welcome patients from Portland, Sherwood, Tigard, and all neighboring communities. If you would like to schedule an appointment or would like to know more about our pediatric dental services, please call. We look forward to providing your child with gentle, effective dental care that will have their smile healthy and bright.