Marysville, Ohio – For the last ten years, the dental practice of Robert C. Wenger, DDS and Kevin T. Weitzel, DMD, MS has been helping its pediatric and adolescent patients smile brightly and confidently.
In 2003, Dr. Wenger was recruited by Memorial Hospital of Union County and the Union County Health Department. At the time, the number one need in the county was pediatric dental care, especially for pediatric patients requiring specialized care. Soon after being approached, Dr. Wenger started a branch office at 445 Allenby Drive and quickly established patients. As his practice grew over time, Dr. Weitzel later joined Dr. Wenger in providing expert care in 2011.
A partnership with the Union County Hospital Association (UCHA), a non-profit subsidiary of Memorial Hospital of Union County, helped the practice reach out to patients, especially those un- or under-insured. “All children should have access to quality health care,” says David Allen, President of the Board of Trustees for the UCHA. “We strongly believe in improving the well-being of our community, whether it’s making specialized care easily accessible or just making sure fundamental services are available to anyone in need.”
“Our office was established to provide high quality dental care for any child in need,” remarks Dr. Wenger. “Whether a child requires routine care or specialty treatment, our staff is here to serve our patients, helping them feel comfortable with coming to the dentist and helping parents understand how they can best care for the dental needs of their child.”
Much like how a pediatrician is concentrated on the care of young patients, a pediatric dentist offers dental care tailored to the unique needs of infants, children, and adolescents. They have the same qualifications as a general dentist, with an additional two to three years of specialty training. Pediatric dentists also receive specific training for sedation and general anesthesia. This is especially helpful for children who would otherwise be unable to tolerate dental care, such as children with great anxiety or children with special needs or medical conditions.
Both Dr. Wenger and Dr. Weitzel boast outstanding academic achievements, including Board Certification from The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, serving as Chief Resident of Pediatric Dentistry during their training at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and graduating with honors from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and Case Western Reserve University College of Dentistry.
It is recommended that parents establish a relationship with their child’s dentist at an early age, to help familiarize the child with the doctor and establish a plan for routine dental care. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a first visit for your child around one year of age. Your child’s pediatrician can help you determine when to begin dental care, as each child develops at his or her own pace. When children mature and reach age 21, Dr. Wenger, Dr. Weitzel, and office staff help refer them to a general dentistry practice, often that of their parents.
“We tend to really get involved with patients around 18-months of age, if there are no existing medical conditions or special concerns,” shares Dr. Weitzel. “At that time, we’ll do an exam with the child seated on the parent’s lap, allowing us to take a look and then create a care plan for the child. From there we will set routine visits and address any special needs that may exist.”
The office is currently accepting patients and all payment methods are accepted, whether patients utilize private or public insurance or are self-paying. To schedule an appointment, call (937) 644-2310.