Pediatric Dentistry
Children's Mercy Pediatric Dental Specialist with patient.

Pediatric Dentistry

Children's Mercy's Department of Pediatric Dentistry provides comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children, including those who can't receive services elsewhere due to insurance, special health care needs, and those covered by Medicaid.

Dental Services Offered

  • Dental consultations
    • Inpatient and outpatient consults
  • Dental rehabilitation
    • Nitrous oxide
    • Conscious oral sedation
    • General anesthesia in the operating room
  • On-call pediatric dentists
    • 24-hours per day
    • Available through the emergency department
  • Operatories include state-of-the-art, pediatric-appropriate equipment
    • Pulse oximeter
    • Nitrous oxide
    • Panorex/cephalometric machine
    • Digital radiography
  • Oral-hygiene education for patients and families
  • Outreach and Support Services
    • Professional education programs on dental care for pediatric patients are available
    • Oral hygiene education for patients and families
    • Oral pathologist and other dental specialists are available for consultations

Commonly Treated Conditions

  • Cleft lip
  • Cleft palate
  • Craniofacial anomalies
  • Dental anxiety
  • Dental decay
  • Gingival and soft tissue problems
  • Growth and development
  • Oral habits
  • Traumatic injuries

Pediatric Dental Specialists

Our dental staff is comprised of pediatric dental specialists who work closely with primary care physicians, especially when patients have complex special health care needs or congenital problems. Referrals are not needed for dental treatment. Our team uses equipment sized for pediatric patients and our facilities are child- and parent-friendly.

Robin  Onikul
Chair, Department of Dentistry; Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry
Brenda S. Bohaty
Graduate Program Director; Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Amy E. Burleson
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Rachael L. Graue
Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine

First Year Residents

Marc Harrison, DMD
Justin Heaton, DMD
Shane Jenks, DMD
Maha Sidham, DMD
Brett Zobell, DDS

Clinic Manager/ Dental Hygienist

Gladis Washington, BSRDH, MBA

Clinic Coordinator/Dental Hygienist

Jane Hannah, BSRDH

Graduate Program

The Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Program prepares fellows to provide preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence.
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