In 1985, Dr. Escue opened his dental practice, Douglas W. Escue Dentistry for Children. In 2008, Dr. Ibarra joined the practice and they formed Houston Dentistry for Children which later became Houston Pediatric Dentistry. In 2023 we moved to our current location as Space City Pediatric Dentistry. We have established a tradition of excellence amongst our peers and a longstanding commitment to our patients, their families, and this community. With 38 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.
Pediatric Dentistry is one of the nine recognized dental specialties. Only practices with a pediatric dentist are able to have the words pediatric dentistry within its practice’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.
Dr. Ibarra and Dr. May 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 Space City Pediatric Dentistry 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.
With 15 years 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. Rarely do we ever treat the same tooth twice.
While your child or children are being cared for, enjoy our coffee bar and our free wireless internet.
In addition to private practice, Dr. Ibarra is connected to the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Dentistry at Houston having served as a Clinical Assistant professor one day a week for 13 years. Being a professor at the dental school allowed him to teach 100 dental students yearly while testing out the latest technology, and working hand-in-hand with the other dental specialties.
Space City Pediatric Dentistry 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: