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Pediatric Dentistry of Florida New Procedures

3 Tips for Visting During COVID

What are you doing to ensure my children are safe at the office due to COVID-19?

Your safety remains our top priority. We have implemented additional safety and sanitization measures in accordance with O.S.H.A. and CDC guidelines to protect you and our team:

Preemptive screenings –

All patients and staff members will be screened and have temperatures taken upon arrival. Patients will be asked to complete additional health history information.

Curbside check-in

    • All patients will be asked to come to the office door upon arrival for an appointment and wait for a staff member before entering the practice. It is important that appropriate steps are taken to minimize the number of people in our office and complete specific screening steps prior to entering, in accordance with CDC, state, and O.S.H.A. regulations.

Continued social distancing practices

    • Once your checked-in for your appointment, please wait outside the office and we will text or call to let you know the team is ready to begin your appointment. Companions of patients will be asked to wait outside of the office during a patient’s appointment. One parent or guardian will be allowed to accompany a minor patient.

    Adherence to standard sterile healthcare environment protocols

    including hand hygiene, use of personal protective equipment (e.g. gloves, masks, face shields, eyewear), respiratory hygiene, sharps safety, safe injection practices (when applicable), sterile instruments and devices, and clean and disinfected environmental surfaces and common areas. Patients will be asked to wear a mask to their appointment, with no exceptions unless under the age of 2.

    We want you to feel confident and comfortable visiting our office for your dental appointments. Maintaining your oral health is important to your overall health.

Practice to Open – May 6th 2020

Dear Parents,

We are pleased to let you know we’ll be reopening our office on May 6, 2020. With state restrictions lifted, we are able to responsibly re-open fully and resume seeing our patients for regularly scheduled dental appointments and treatment.

Your safety remains our top priority. We have implemented additional safety and sanitization measures in accordance with O.S.H.A. and CDC guidelines to protect you and our team:

  • Elevated infection control standards including the thorough sterilization and disinfection of treatment rooms and instruments between each patient.
  • Preemptive screenings – All patients and staff members will be screened and have temperatures taken upon arrival. Patients will be asked to complete additional health history information.
  • Curbside check-in – All patients will be asked to come to the office door upon arrival for an appointment and wait for a staff member before entering the practice. It is important that appropriate steps are taken to minimize the number of people in our office and complete specific screening steps prior to entering, in accordance with CDC, state, and O.S.H.A. regulations.
  • Continued social distancing practices – Once your checked-in for your appointment, please wait outside the office and we will text or call to let you know the team is ready to begin your appointment.  Companions of patients will be asked to wait outside of the office during a patient’s appointment. One parent or guardian will be allowed to accompany a minor patient.
  • Adherence to standard sterile healthcare environment protocols including hand hygiene, use of personal protective equipment (e.g. gloves, masks, face shields, eyewear), respiratory hygiene, sharps safety, safe injection practices (when applicable), sterile instruments and devices, and clean and disinfected environmental surfaces and common areas.
  • Patients will be asked to wear a mask to their appointment, with no exceptions unless under the age of 2.

We want you to feel confident and comfortable visiting our office for your dental appointments. Maintaining your oral health is important to your overall health. Please call us at (239) 482-2722 to schedule an appointment or fill out the appointment request form, or ask us about any concerns you may have. You may also visit our website for additional information on our new procedures.

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida Statement on Coronavirus

At Pediatric Dentistry of Florida, the health and safety of our patients, dental team, and all of their families is our number one priority. The past few days have been challenging as we monitor and sort through all of the newly available information regarding the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. We know that any decision we make will affect our patients, dental team and our community.

In accordance with the recommendation from the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), we have made the decision to limit any treatment to true dental emergency cases. Pediatric Dentistry of Florida emergency phone number is (239) 482-2722.

In this time of uncertainty, as healthcare providers, we have to abide by the oat we took to, “first, do no harm”. Our hope is that we are doing our part to help decrease the spread of a virus that we are continuing to learn about. Thank you for understanding and doing your part as well.

  • We are rescheduling all patients from 03/20/2020 – 05/08/2020
  • We plan to resume normal patient care on 05/09/2020, but this is subject to change.
  • We will be available for dental emergencies through our emergency phone number. As the hospitals and emergency rooms are already strained, we encourage you to call us with true dental emergencies such as swelling of the face or trauma.

We understand this is an inconvenience for many families, and just like you, we are hoping for a return to normalcy sooner rather than later. Thank you for your understanding, please stay safe.

Sincerely,
Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD

Dr. Tim Verwest Re-Nominated for America’s Best Dentist 2020


The National Consumer Advisory Board re-nominated Dr. Tim M. Verwest, DMD as one of America’s best dentists for 2020. Dr. Verwest selection is based on a proprietary assessment of a dentist’s experience, training, continuing education, and commitment to excellence to ensure the most impartial unbiased review of all applicants.

He’s is a board-certified diplomat of the National Board of Pediatric Dentistry with professional interests in the areas of pediatric pharmacology, biomaterials, and pediatric anesthesia. He believes in lifelong learning and continues his education by taking courses in pediatric sedation, pediatric oncology, sealants, prosthetics, pediatric cosmetic dentistry, pediatric materials, childhood growth and development, and more.

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD & Associates continues to provide pediatric dental care to children for over 28 years. Areas of service include comprehensive dental exams, cleanings, composite fillings, dental hygiene education, extractions, fluoride treatments, sealants, sedation dentistry, space maintainers, x-rays and tooth nerve treatment. For more information, visit www.DrVerwest.com or (239) 482-2722.

Pediatric Dentistry of FL 4th Annual Touch-A-Truck

Touch A Truck Flyer 2020

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD & Associates is hosting the fourth annual family-friendly ‘Touch-a-Truck’ Fort Myers on Saturday, April 25, 2020, from 11 am to 2 pm. This free interactive experience creates a safe place for children to learn about work vehicles in their community.

Touch-a-Truck is a hands-on experience where children will be able to learn about their favorite trucks and vehicles, plus interact with those who drive them. Children will be able to be as if they were the true professional behind the wheel. Featured vehicles will include emergency service, law enforcement, military, public service, and local commercial businesses.

Other activities include trackless train rides, face painting, and costume characters. For entry, please bring can food donations directly benefiting the Harry Chapin Food Bank.

There will be a special ‘horn-free’ hour from 11 am to 12 pm for children with special needs and sensitive ears. Touch-a-Truck is free to the general public and is located at Pediatric Dentistry of Florida, 8016 Summerlin Lakes Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33907.

Touch-a-Truck Video Recap:

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida Sponsors C’MON Jingle Bell Bash

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida, Dr. Tim M. Verwest, DMD & Associates are sponsoring the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples Jingle Bell Bash on December 6. Attendees will get a chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus as well as take part in the tree lighting ceremony. There will be many children-friendly activities along with a few winter surprises. For more information visit,  https://cmon.org/event/jingle-bell-bash-2019/.

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD & Associates are celebrating its 27th anniversary this year and provides a full complement of pediatric dental care to children throughout Southwest Florida. For more information, visit www.DrVerwest.com, or (239) 482-2722.

Orthodontist Joins Pediatric Dentistry of Florida

Now Offering Orthodontics!

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida, Dr. Tim M. Verwest, DMD & Associates have added full-service orthodontic services and treatment to compliment the variety of pediatric dental services. Experienced orthodontist Dr. Joseph Whitesides, DDS will provide exclusive oversight for patients of the practice.

“Dr. Whitesides is a great addition to our team. It will allow us to provide comprehensive oversight of the full dental experience when it years past we had to refer orthodontics to other offices,” said practice owner, Dr. Tim Verwest.

Complimentary evaluations for braces are being offered to the general public and patients of the Pediatric Dentistry of Florida. The dental office is encouraging those to refer their friends for braces.

If you refer a friend and they sign up for orthodontic services you will receive your choice of (2) two tickets to (1) one of the following theme parks – Disney, Busch Gardens or Universal Studios. To schedule a complimentary orthodontic evaluation call (239) 482-2722.

Best of Fort Myers Makes Dentist Smile

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida, Dr. Tim M. Verwest, DMD & Associates has been voted the best pediatric dentist of Fort Myers by the 2019 News-Press Readers Poll. The News-Press 29th annual best-of awards recognize the top businesses in the community selected by their readers.

Dr. Verwest is a board-certified Diplomat of the National Board of Pediatric Dentistry with professional interests in the areas of pediatric pharmacology, biomaterials, and pediatric anesthesia.  He believes in lifelong learning and continues his education by taking courses in pediatric sedation, pediatric oncology, sealants, prosthetics, pediatric cosmetic dentistry, pediatric materials, childhood growth and development, and more.

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD & Associates are celebrating its 27th anniversary this year and provides a full complement of pediatric dental care to children throughout Southwest Florida. For more information, visit www.DrVerwest.com, or (239) 482-2722.

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida Sponsors Run for Prevention

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida will be a red ribbon sponsor of the 2019 Busey Bank Run for Prevention, hosted on October 5th at Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers. This run is in support of the Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida and helps make many of their initiatives throughout the year.

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD & Associates are celebrating its 27th anniversary this year and provides a full complement of pediatric dental care to children throughout Southwest Florida. For more information, visit www.DrVerwest.com, or (239) 482-2722.

The Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida was founded in 1989 by Jim Nathan and a group of community activists from a mutual concern about the increasing use of drugs by youth in Lee County. For more information on the Run for Prevention, please visit www.drugfreeswfl.org.

Shark Teeth!

Courtesy of the Business Observer! 

NAPLES — When it comes to alleviating children’s anxiety over visiting the dentist, Pediatric Dentistry of Florida provides an undersea environment of whimsical whales, sharks and other sea life to help take a bite out of their apprehensions. Practicing in Fort Myers since 1992, Dr. Tim Verwest reinvented his approach in 2013 when he rebranded the business and opened a new office that is part theme park at 8016 Summerlin Lakes Drive.

When his next location opens in mid-July, Verwest will expand his footprint into Collier County with a new, 4,000-square-foot office at 1035 Piper Blvd., Suite 103 in Naples. Just as at the Fort Myers location, when parents bring their kids to see the dentist, they will be immersed into a world of aquatic wonder.

“We wanted to create an office to take the brand we have built in Fort Myers and create something inviting not just for the kids, but to the parents as well,” Verwest tells Coffee Talk. “Sometimes when you put things together as a clapboard office, it doesn’t delver then results you want. We want to make a unique and pleasant experience for everybody.”

From the reception desk to the waiting room to the six-bed open bay to the three private treatment rooms, the practice transports young patients to a world of an underwater shipwreck and sea life including a coral reef, various species of tropical fish, stingrays, a mermaid and a 16-foot whale shark and blue whale suspended from the ceiling.

Verwest is also becoming a landlord. The entire building is 10,000 square feet with 6,000 square feet being leased to a urology practice. Verwest has invested $2.5 million in the building, with build-out by Lee Berchtold of Fort Myers and whimsy provided by Imagination Dental Solutions of Alberta, Canada, with a Florida office in Pompano Beach.

Declining to disclose build-out costs compared to a traditional dental practice, Verwest says the investment will pay off in more ways than patient comfort.

“I think the environment helps attract quality personnel,” he tells Coffee Talk. “When they see you have created an office space that is comfortable, that is up to date technologically and is a pleasant space to work in, it gives them a sense that this is a real practice.”