Your Above + Beyond Visit
- We invite you to join us for an ABOVE + BEYOND experience.
- We are here when you need us, Monday through Friday.
- We schedule appointments at your convenience.
- Appointments are often available on the same day.
- Dental appointments are excused absences from school.
- Young children and apprehensive children have a better
experience in the morning, when they are rested.
- Free initial exams are offered for infants up to age one.
Your First Visit to Our Office
Did you know that the average three-year-old has two cavities? Dr. Shaw, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Dental Association recommend children visit the dentist around their first birthday and twice a year thereafter. Your child's first visit is as important to us as it is to you. We will go ABOVE + BEYOND to make this experience pleasant and informative.
Parents are welcome in the treatment room during their children's first visit and all subsequent checkups. We are a family-friendly office.
The first visit includes a thorough examination, teeth cleaning, fluoride treatment, x-rays if needed, oral hygiene instructions, and then we prepare a personalized treatment plan. We use the technique known as tell, show, and do and follow up with positive reinforcement. We realize each child is unique so we patiently follow their lead. There is constant informative conversation to eliminate the silent periods that allow children to dwell on their fears. Our goal is to build a trusting relationship as we focus on your child.
With a focus on prevention, our team will educate you and your child on various dental topics, including the causes of dental decay, the importance of fluoride, and good dental hygiene to prevent decay and tooth loss. Dr. Shaw will answer all your questions about cavities, treatment options, bottle and sippy cup use, thumb-sucking habits, orthodontic concerns, sealants, tooth loss, and anything else you have in mind.
Dr. Shaw believes every child deserves a beautiful smile™. She wants
to set the stage for a lifetime of good habits.
Every appointment concludes with a visit to the toy box and our tooth fairy, Sabrina.
Dr. Shaw's friendly staff will go ABOVE + BEYOND to assist you in financial matters. We are happy to file insurance for you. If treatment is needed, we can file a predetermination to your insurance company. This will give you an estimate of what your out-of-pocket expense, if any, will be before beginning treatment.
We are an in-network provider for many insurance plans, including Delta Dental Premier, Delta PPONM, Aetna PPO, Assurant PPO, Sun LifePPO, Guardian PPO, and the Cigna Discount Plans. We accept and can file all other insurance plans on an out-of-network basis, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Metlife, and United Healthcare. Employers that we often work with include Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia Labs), Intel, the University of New Mexico (UNM), Lovelace, the City of Albuquerque, the State of New Mexico, Albuquerque Public Schools (APS), Fidelity, Tempur-Pedic, Ethicon, Presbyterian, Albuquerque Health Partners, Bernalillo County, Honeywell, US Military, General Mills, and Thomas & Betts.
Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express are all welcome.
We do not accept any of the Medicaid plans, such as Salud and Centennial Care.