At Hospital Dentistry for Kids PLLC, we are committed to providing the best comprehensive dental care for all patients requiring treatment in a hospital setting. Our mission is to provide easy access for pediatric and special needs patients, who are in need of complete oral rehabilitation, to receive care in a controlled and caring environment. Please note Hospital Dentistry for Kids, PLLC operates only on the referral of a dental provider.
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At Hospital Dentistry For Kids, PLLC, we are pediatric dentists focused on providing the best comprehensive dental care possible for children and all patients with special needs or different abilities. We work closely with families to achieve our number one goal of keeping their children safe, comfortable and healthy.
Dental treatment under general anesthesia, or oral rehabilitation, is a safe, humane and effective way to provide medically necessary care to those children who may be cognitively immature, highly anxious or fearful, have special needs, or are medically-compromised and unable to receive treatment in a traditional office setting. Included in this group are infants and children who have not yet developed the ability to understand the need for treatment and are lacking the appropriate skills to cope with invasive and potentially uncomfortable and psychologically threatening procedures.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recognizes that dental treatment under general anesthesia increases access to care and results in the immediate improvement of a child’s oral health and physical, emotional and social quality of life. According to the AAPD, very young children who have been treated under general anesthesia have been found more likely to exhibit positive behavior at subsequent recall appointments than those treated with conscious sedation or other behavior management techniques (protective stabilization/papoose restraint).
Dr. Khurana is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She earned her dental degree from the University of Maryland and attended New York University’s College of Dentistry for her specialty training. At NYU, Dr. Khurana supervised undergraduate dental students and provided treatment in complex cases involving patients with special needs.
To this day, she maintains a profound interest in her work with children and adults who have rare health conditions, syndromes, and genetic disorders. She enthusiastically collaborates with other dental and medical specialists, including occupational and speech therapists, to ensure that every patient receives the best comprehensive care possible.
As a mother of two young children herself, she draws from her personal experiences to cultivate a safe, supportive and loving relationship for her patients; nurturing the mother and infant dyad. Dr. Khurana finds so much joy in helping mothers and their babies and looks forward to helping in any way she can.
Jessica plays an integral role in our office as well. As the Hospital Dentistry Coordinator, Jessica’s mission is to help make your child’s dental experience as stress-free as possible. Jessica also has a background in working with children and young adults, specifically those with special needs and different abilities and finds that to be her true passion. She continues to advocate for this demographic and exudes her kindness in working with the children in her family-run childcare. As a mother of two young children herself, Jessica understands the importance of establishing a warm and inviting, all-inclusive dental environment that makes every interaction serene for even our most apprehensive patients and/or parents.
Are you accepting new patients?
Yes, new patients are accepted upon receipt of a referral from their primary dentist.
What insurance plans do you accept?
We accept most PPO dental insurances, federal plans and Medicaid.
When can I schedule the hospital appointment?
Our Hospital Dentistry Coordinator will guide you through the process of scheduling once the required paperwork has been completed and returned to our office.
Why do I need to turn in my paperwork first?
Because we are referral based, it is very important for us to collect all patient information such as medical and dental history and all patient demographics, prior to scheduling.Why does it take so long to schedule?
A preauthorization must be obtained from your medical insurance for services completed in the hospital. This process can sometimes take up to 30 days. In addition to this, we work in collaboration with the hospitals to find the soonest appointments available.
Can I bring my paperwork to the office?
Paperwork can be returned via email, fax or US mail only.
Can I schedule a consultation with the doctor before the procedure?
Teledentistry consultations are available when requested.
Will my child be fully sedated?
Yes, the patient will be fully sedated under general anesthesia. Our Hospital Dentistry Coordinator will provide instructions prior to the procedure. The pre-operative team at the hospital will be in touch to review the entire process and any medical questions you may have.
May I stay with my child during the procedure?
Parents will be instructed to wait in the reception lobby. You will be notified once the procedure has been completed.
My child has a stuffy nose/fever, can we still have the procedure completed?
If your child is sick, please contact our office to reschedule the appointment. We are unable to proceed with any hospital dentistry procedure until your child is in optimal health.
I paid my estimate up front, why do I still have a balance?
Final balance due will depend on actual services rendered during the procedure and insurance benefits and payment.
Why did I receive a bill from the hospital after my child’s hospital dentistry procedure?
Hospital Dentistry for Kids submits to insurance for ONLY the dental services rendered during the procedure; any hospital related treatment such as the facility setting and anesthesia services are submitted to your medical insurance separately by the hospital. You will need to contact the hospital directly to determine why you are receiving a medical bill.
Supporting articles from theAmerican Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) for children’s dental treatment completed using General Anesthesia:
If you have a patient who has at least two or more quadrants of visible decay AND has situational anxiety or fears, special needs, and/or exhibits pre-cooperative behavior due to his or her age, you may refer this patient for treatment under general anesthesia in a hospital facility.
Dr. Khurana’s staff, once they have confirmed with your office that the patient is a suitable candidate for hospital dentistry, will counsel the families. The staff will then walk them through the necessary steps to ensure that both medical and dental pre-authorizations are obtained prior to confirming a hospital appointment.
Once at the hospital, a thorough diagnostic examination including digital radiographs will be completed and a detailed comprehensive treatment plan will be established. The patient will have all of their restorative work completed inclusive of any necessary space maintenance during their hospital appointment.
Dr. Khurana will monitor the patient’s recovery and remain accessible to families at all times following the hospital appointment. She will be available for after-hours and emergency care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.It is recommended that two weeks post-surgery, a follow up examination be completed at the referring provider’s office. During this visit, a thorough head and neck, hard and soft tissue examination should be completed along with assessing all restorations and oral hygiene, giving the family instructions on how to maintain optimal oral health.
Dr. Khurana will advise that the patient continue all routine preventive maintenance with their referring doctor. She will remain available at all times to the referring doctor and patient for future consults and follow up.