While many children may fear visits to their dentist, Dr. Andrew A. Beuttenmuller said his patients hardly ever want to leave.
When he moved back to the area in 2011, Dr. Beuttenmuller became the areas first pediatric dentist in 10 years. He worked two days a week at the office of his oral surgeon father, Erhard Beuttenmuller, but now he has his own practice, Watertown Pediatric Dentistry at 22645 Summit Drive.
Parents are excited to have a nice new kid-friendly office to come to, he said during an open house Thursday at the practice. Were specifically trained to work with kids. You cant treat kids like adults.
He said parents can help by making sure their childrens teeth are brushed twice each day and that they eat healthfully and visit the dentist regularly.
As visitors walk through the practices doors, they see a model-train track suspended from the ceiling with either a Santa Fe or New York Central train going around. To the left is a waiting area for older children and adults, and to the right is a kiddie area with books, activities and a television set. The family bathroom has toilets and sinks the right sizes for adults and small children.
Throughout the office, walls are painted white, yellow and blue. Both dental hygiene areas have train pictures, TV sets and other visuals. Childrens artwork is hung throughout the building, which was designed and built by Lunco Corp., Carthage. The back half of the 2,400-square-foot building also houses a sterilization area, a laboratory and a space for a state-of-the-art X-ray machine.
It lets you take X-rays without putting anything in their mouths, Dr. Beuttenmuller said, referring to bite wings. Most kids wont let you put things in their mouth.
Eventually, he said, hed like to have a second pediatric dentist at the office. Space is reserved for two additional hygienists and an operatory. Watertown Pediatric Dentistry also has a separate space, complete with a comfortable couch and television, for children who will undergo conscious sedation.
Dr. Beuttenmuller also has private office space in the building. The total project cost about $1 million.
Perhaps the biggest highlight, he said, is two prize towers toward the exit from the exam/operatory area. If children are good throughout their visit, theyll get a coin they can redeem in the prize tower for a little toy.
Dr. Beuttenmullers wife, Jessica B., said he is booked out one month now but still is accepting new patients. The practice participates with Met Life, Delta Dental, United Concordia and Child Health Plus through Healthplex. Mrs. Beuttenmuller said claims may be submitted to other insurance companies.
I think its been fun seeing the growth of my practice, Dr. Beuttenmuller said. It happened very quickly.
The new office has been open since the spring.
For more information, call the office at 221-4044, or visit its website, www.wtdentist.com.