Can going to the dentist be as fun as a day at the beach?
For Dr. Melissa Rozas and her pediatric dental patients, it is! Walking through her office on Sandy Lake Road, you are transported to Galveston Island, where Dr. Rozas grew up.
Dr. Melissa Rozas discovered her passion for healthy teeth at an early age. When she was just three years old, she had several teeth removed and filled from dental decay (cavities). Three sets of braces later, she graduated from high school and set out on her journey towards becoming a pediatric dentist. “What stands out the most from all of this is that I had such positive experiences with my dentists,” she says. “It was the start of a lifelong desire to take care of my teeth, and I want to instill that in my patients as well.”
Dr. Rozas moved to Coppell in 1998 with her husband, Tim, after finishing her pediatric dental residency to open her private practice, and chose to raise her children, Bryce and Lauren, here as well. Her office manager, Priscila Swearingen, has been with her since they opened their doors in 1998. They have worked side by side not only creating a beautiful office but building an amazing team. Since opening, her staff has grown to 14 employees, including her associates, Dr. Loria Nahatis, and Dr. Terra Compton, both board certified pediatric dentists.
Dr. Rozas and her associates are committed to educating every family they treat on the importance of good oral health, and they truly believe that each child deserves a healthy and happy smile. “Your child will never outgrow his or her smile and establishing good dental practices early on will have an impact that lasts a lifetime. We embrace taking care of our patients as they transition from toddlers to teens. “We are flattered when our college age patients don’t want to leave our practice because they feel that this is their dental home,” she says. Dr. Rozas is honored that former patients are now bringing their children to the practice to receive the same excellent care that they received themselves.
CREATING THE EXPERIENCE
Dr. Rozas believes that choosing the right team is a win for both patients and parents. “Most of my staff have been with me for over 12 years,” she says. Each person is carefully chosen not only for their skills, but for their love of children and their enthusiasm to help create a special bond with each child. “When we ask parents what they love most about our practice, they always say ‘the staff!’” An arcade for children called The Shark Shack, an aquarium with tropical fish, and movies playing throughout the office are just a few of the ways this office puts kids at ease. The Learning Lab encourages patients to perform a variety of quick experiments while learning about healthy lifestyle choices that will lead to a healthy body and smile. Giving back to the community is something else that is held in high regard at Dr. Rozas’ practice. She sponsors school events, and sends her mascot, Sammy the Shark, along with the Smile Guards (her staff) to teach kindergartners about taking care of their teeth and good diet choices every February. Dr. Rozas also holds a Cash for Candy drive after Halloween where they collect candy and canned goods for the local food bank at the same time. “This is a terrific way to get the candy out of the house,” she says. “Parents are happy, and the kids don’t feel cheated.”
WHAT’S NEW IN DENTISTRY?
Dr. Rozas offers digital X-rays, which reduce radiation exposure, and at the same time produce a more detailed image. She uses intraoral cameras, which are small cameras used to take clinical pictures. “We use these images not only to track decay location and size, but to educate patients and parents,” she says. Dr. Rozas is an avid learner and continues to seek the best products to offer her patients such as sealants, resin restorations, and safe and effective fluoride products. “We look forward to future advancements in pediatric dentistry that we can offer our patients.” Dr. Melissa Rozas thrives as a leader in the dental community. Currently, she is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and serves on the Board of Directors for the Dallas County Dental Society. In addition, she is in her 11th year as Chairman of the Greater Dallas Pediatric Dental Society. She is past president of the Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and a past director of the College of Diplomates/American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She is a current member of the American Dental Association, Southwest Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Check out her website and Facebook page for more information and current events in the office.