What Sets Us Apart
Practice History and Tradition
On June 1st, 1985, Dr. Escue opened this pediatric dental office in what is currently The Rose Medical Plaza. In 2008, Dr. Ibarra joined the practice and they formed Houston Dentistry for Children. Our associate, Dr. Howe also joined the office in 2008. Having been in the same location since 1985, we have established a tradition of excellence amongst our peers and a longstanding commitment to our patients, their families, and this community. With 20 plus years of tradition, we are proud to see the children of parents who were once patients themselves. Many of our fellow pediatric dental specialists refer patients to be treated by us. In addition, we take great pride in knowing that pediatricians and fellow dentists bring their children to us.
Specialists in pediatric dentistry
Pediatric Dentistry is one of the nine recognized dental specialties. Only offices with a pediatric dentist are able to have the words pediatric dentistry within its office's name. In order to be certified as a specialist in pediatric dentistry, you must have completed another two years of training beyond the four years of training required to be a licensed dentist. During these additional two years, we are trained in the growth, development, and psychology of children. Within this training, we learn about the use of medications involved in sedations and how to manage patient anxiety, treating cases involving trauma, restoring teeth for children of different ages, and how to best meet the needs of patients with special needs.
High credentials for our doctors and staff
Dr. Ibarra and Dr. Howe are both board certified in pediatric dentistry. Board certification is a voluntary examination process created to validate knowledge, experience, and skills in the field of pediatric dentistry. Board certification is the highest level of certification available within the field of pediatric dentistry. In addition to being board certified, Dr. Ibarra also holds a masters in the field of science in dentistry.
The assistants at Houston Dentistry for Children are all Registered Dental Assistants requiring them to complete continuing education courses yearly in order to remain certified. Our assistants have also demonstrated proficiency in dentistry by receiving certifications involving the monitoring nitrous delivery, taking and processing radiographs, placing sealants, and coronal polishing.
Our commitment to quality
With over 40 years combined of practice in pediatric dentistry, we have a firm belief that a child should not have to have the same cavity treated more than once. Excellent restorative techniques and principles, combined with the highest quality materials in the industry result in exceptional work. We support our treatment and materials by placing a warranty on our work.
When you walk into our office, you will see a giant boat with a fish tank in our play area for our patients while they wait. We have two areas within our waiting room. One always has a children's program on the TV and the other has a more adult programming. While your child or children are being cared for, enjoy our coffee bar, the magazines, and our free wireless internet.
In the Community
In addition to private practice, Dr. Ibarra is connected to the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Dentistry at Houston by serving as a Clinical Assistant professor one day a week. Being a professor at the dental school allows him to teach 100 dental students yearly while testing out the latest technology, and work had-in-hand with the other dental specialties.
Houston Dentistry for Children is also part of The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network. Being a member of the National Dental PBRN allows our office to improve on our patient's oral health through our participation in studies and with the collaboration of fellow dentists within the network. The questions that we search to answer will improve patient treatments and outcomes as well as patient satisfaction, and the efficiency with which we deliver patient care.
Our office prides itself on being highly involved within the dental community through our membership within the following organizations:
- The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
- Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Houston Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Greater Houston Dental Society
- Southwestern Society of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- Texas Dental Association
- American Dental Education Association
- Hispanic Dental Association
- Greater Houston Hispanic Dental Association
- The American Orthodontic Society