We make ‘the dentists’ a happy place for your child

Within paediatric dentistry we often treat children with a range of highly complex conditions, whether health or diet-related. Making children feel comfortable in the clinical environment is of the utmost importance, which is why we make it a priority at Sydney Specialist Dental Group.

We strive to position ourselves as your child’s ‘Dental Home’ – a place where they feel safe, and which becomes their familiar environment in which to learn about caring for their teeth from a young age. By doing so, we can help to prevent early childhood issues and lay the foundations for optimal oral health throughout their lives.

Dr Diane Tay and her specialist team not only provide preventative and restorative care, but are also highly skilled in treating medically compromised children and adolescents.

At SSDG you can rest assure that your child’s dental wellbeing is in safe hands.

Dental trauma

Dental trauma is when teeth get damaged in an accident, and can occur in kids of all ages. At SSDG we have the skills to manage paediatric dental emergencies and to make your child feel calm.

Anxious children

The team at SSDG have expertise in managing dental anxiety in children, and in helping parents reduce this anxiety to levels that enable the child to visit the dental practice.

Medically compromised

Children with medical conditions that affect their ability to receive dental treatment are referred to as 'medically compromised'. At SSDG we take extra care of these patients.

Preventive dental care

As soon as babies develop their first teeth, it's important to keep the teeth healthy. At SSDG, we work with you and you child to establish healthy habits and good dental care routines to prevent decay.

Treatment under happy gas

The use of nitrous oxide in paediatric dentistry is a common way of delivering dental care in a compassionate and appropriate manner for young children. Happy gas can help calm anxious children when under going treatment.

Restorative dental care

Fixing damaged or missing teeth are some of the procedures that dentists undertake to keep the teeth and mouth functioning as it should. This may involve the use of fillings, crowns and root canal treatment and pulp therapy.

Dental extractions

The removal of a tooth is known as extraction. If a tooth is decayed, severely damaged, misshapen or have issues with the dental roots, it may need to be removed with a simple procedure under local anaesthetic.

General anaesthesia

The general anaesthetic is a short day procedure completed in a hospital with excellent paediatric and dental facilities. For children who find it difficult in the dental chair, we can perform procedures under general anaesthesia.

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Management of dental trauma

Dental trauma is when teeth get damaged in an accident, and can occur in kids of all ages, ranging from falling toddlers to sporting teens. By quickly managing the tooth-related trauma we can achieve successful outcomes, so if your child damages their teeth it’s vital that you contact us as soon as possible. At SSDG we have the skills to manage paediatric dental emergencies and to make your child feel calm.

Management of anxious children

It is not unusual for a child to be afraid of the dentist. Dental anxiety in children is recognised as a major public health concern, as it can lead to underuse of dental care, as well as poor oral health. Dr Diane Tay and the team at SSDG have expertise in managing dental anxiety in children, and in helping parents reduce this anxiety to levels that enable the child to visit the dental practice.

Medically compromised children

Children with medical conditions that affect their ability to receive dental treatment, or which present as specific oral and dental problems, are referred to as 'medically compromised'. Dr Diane Tay and the team at SSDG have the expertise to manage children that fall into this category.

Preventive dental care

As soon as babies develop their first teeth they are at risk of dental decay, aka Early Childhood Caries. Our Specialist Paediatric Dentists work with you and your child to establish healthy habits and good dental care routines that will strengthen and protect young teeth, and prevent decay.

Restorative dental care

This relates to the procedures that dentists undertake to keep the teeth and mouth functioning as they should, and includes fixing up damaged or missing teeth. This may involve the use of fillings, crowns and root canal treatment and pulp therapy.

Treatment under sedation

The use of sedation in Paediatric dentistry is a common way of delivering dental care in a compassionate and appropriate manner for young children.

There are many reasons why these services are provided and the use of oral sedatives/ medications and/or the use of nitrous oxide sedation (happy gas) are the two most common forms of sedation in paediatric dentistry.

There are also other elements to sedation, including conscious sedation, deep sedation and general anaesthesia.

Dental extractions

The removal of a tooth is known as extraction. There are several reasons why our specialist may advise extraction, including:

  • a misshapen tooth
  • issues with the dental roots
  • a decayed tooth
  • a trauma.

The complexity of the dental problem may require a surgical or non-surgical procedure during which a mild anaesthesia will provide comfort and tranquillity to the young patient.

Space maintainers

If a child loses a baby tooth prematurely it can affect the way in which the permanent tooth develops and places in the mouth. In such instances, the use of a space maintainer will keep the space open until the permanent tooth comes in.

Emergency dental care

We make provision for a certain number of emergency appointments each week. These are predominantly during office hours and are usually for cases in which there is a dental injury or infection causing facial swelling.

If you have an emergency that falls outside of standard business hours, please visit the Emergency Department of your local hospital, as they will have an on-call service for dental emergencies.

Tongue-tie

Tongue-tie occurs when the thin piece of skin under the baby’s tongue (the lingual frenulum) restricts the movement of the tongue. In some cases the tongue is not free or mobile enough for the baby to attach properly to the breast.

Release (snipping) of the tight frenulum can improve the baby’s ability to breastfeed. Snipping a tight frenulum in young babies is a simple procedure that takes only a second or two. No anaesthetic is needed. The baby usually breastfeeds straight after the procedure.

Mouthguards

When a child begins to participate in contact sports and physical recreational activities, the risk of sustaining oral injuries increases significantly. A mouthguard can help prevent or lessen the severity of oral injuries such as fractures to the teeth or surrounding bone, or cuts to the tongue, lip or cheek.

A custom-fitted mouth guard tailored to your child’s activity is even more effective at preventing oral injury as it remains in the optimal position in the his or her mouth. It is also more comfortable for the child when talking and breathing. Ask us about the use of mouthguards and the most suitable solution for your child. Our practice can provide a custom-fitted mouth guard tailored to your child’s needs.

Making them feel right at home

At Sydney Specialist Dental Group we combine professionalism, care and comfort to remove any worries you or your child may have. 

Paediatric dentist Specialist care

Our paediatric dental specialists have a wealth of experience treating children, including those with anxiety or additional needs

Professional and quality dental service

Our team of dental specialists continually update their skills and training to deliver you child the best possible care and outcomes

Private health insurance accepted

We work with private health funds to enable more young people to receive the high level of dental care they require

Your children's safety is our top priority

Above all else, we strive to ensure the safety and comfort of all our young patients throughout every procedure

Dental care for kids with additional needs

Sydney Specialist Dental Group is an additional needs dentistry practice where everyone is welcomed with a big smile!

We are passionate about our work, and our practitioners are highly trained to effectively treat  children with a wide range of additional needs. Whether your child has developmental, physical, emotional, cognitive and/or sensory needs, we have the skills to make dental procedures as stress-free as possible.

With a wealth of experience in compassionately treating kids with additional needs, our Specialist Paediatric Dentists and Oral Health Therapist are committed to delivering the same high standard of dental care to every single patient.

Autism

Children and adults with autism maybe at an increased risk of oral health conditions which can be brought on by certain prescribed medications or oral habits. It’s therefore important to have regular dental check-ups and daily oral hygiene routines.

We understand that children on the autism spectrum can be hypersensitive to their environment, which can make them feel more anxious and uncomfortable. This can make their dental visit more challenging for them.

We strive to maintain a calm and consistent environment where children, in particular, can feel relaxed and safe. We encourage parents or caregivers to work with us to ensure that the patient’s visit to the dentist is a positive experience. The first visit is generally shorter so that the patient can be introduced to our Specialist Dentist, other staff, facilities and the instruments that will be used to examine and treat their teeth. It may take a number of visits to build their confidence and for us to acquaint ourselves with their behaviour patterns, but no matter how long it takes, we will be there to support them.

Cerebral Palsy

Patients with cerebral palsy....can present with cognitive rather than mental and physical challenges that can impact on their oral health care.

Children and adults with cerebral palsy can have some unique and additional dental health needs. Maintaining daily oral care might also be more challenging. Our team have the skills and knowledge to provide you with strategies to simplify teeth cleaning and maintaining good oral care for your child.

Before the first visit to our clinic it’s essential that we receive a medical history that is both accurate and current. This will give us time to review the patient’s situation before the appointment, and we can make informed decisions on how to best treat and manage their oral health.

In many cases, children who cannot control or coordinate their facial muscles find it difficult to chew and swallow; drooling and the inability to empty food pouches after a meal is common, and brushing and flossing their teeth and rinsing their mouths may be difficult. In these circumstances plaque can form on the teeth which in time can cause tooth decay.

Our surgery is wheel-chair friendly to your family's ease and comfort. It is our mission to work together with you to ensure your visit to our clinic is a pleasant and anxiety-free experience.

Downs Syndrome

Individuals with Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21) can have more complex dental needs. Some common dental issues include: acid wear on teeth, mis-shapened teeth, missing teeth, issues with their bite (occlusion) and slower growth and eruption of teeth.

As each child is unique, they may require specialised care to ensure the best outcome for their teeth and oral health. We strive to understand their medical background and needs, even before they attend the appointment, to deliver safe and effective care.

The expertise and experience to care for your child's dental wellbeing

Making our young patients feel relaxed and comfortable is a priority for the specialists at SSDG.

Dr Diane Tay

Paediatric Dentist

Dr William Tang

Paediatric Dentist

Dr Zanab Malik

Special Needs Dentist

Alese Troussas

Oral Health Therapist

Make the switch to specialist dental care today!

Whether you’re seeking a better dental experience for yourself, your child or another family member, we’re ready to welcome you to Sydney Specialist Dental Group.

Dr Diane Tay

SPECIALIST PAEDIATRIC DENTIST

BDSc(Hons), DClinDent (Paed Dent), MRACDS (Paed Dent), IPPAHC (Child Health)

Diane is a registered Specialist Paediatric Dentist. Originally from Singapore, she is fluent in both English and Mandarin.

Diane graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) from the University of Melbourne, and after several years of working in both the private and public sectors in Sydney, pursued her passion for paediatric dentistry, successfully attaining a Doctorate of Clinical Dentistry (Paediatric Dentistry) from The University of Sydney.

In addition to her services at Sydney Specialist Dental Group, Diane works with the Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney, managing complex, but rewarding, cases involving special needs and medically compromised children, paediatric oral medicine, pathology and dental trauma. She is also a Clinical Associate Lecturer with The University of Sydney, a role in which she lectures to both medical and dental colleagues.

When not practicing dentistry, Diane enjoys spending time with her three children, as well as indulging in her passions for cooking and eating!

Dr. William Tang

SPECIALIST PAEDIATRIC DENTIST

BPharm (Hons), BDSc (Hons), DClinDent (Paed Dent), MRACDS (Paed)

William completed his undergraduate training in Dentistry in 2000 at the University of Sydney.

After working for several years in the Hunter-New England (HNE) region, he commenced specialist paediatric training at Westmead Hospital and Children’s Hospital Westmead (CHW), which he completed in 2018.

While Will’s skills in paediatric dentistry are multi-faceted, he has a special interest in endodontic treatment in the child patient, and in treating dental trauma.

In addition to his work with Sydney Specialist Dental Group, Will works in specialist roles across private practice in Newcastle and Health services in HNE, Westmead Hospital and CHW.

When he’s not in the dental surgery, Will spends his spare time scuba diving, travelling and exploring his passions for food and wine.

Dr Zanab Malik

Special Needs Dentist

BDS, DClinDent(SND), FRACDS(GDP), MRACDS(SND) 

Zanab completed her undergraduate training in Dentistry in 2011 with the University of Adelaide. After moving back home to Sydney, she worked for seven years in both private practice in regional and metro NSW and as a resident in public specialist paediatric and special needs dentistry departments at Sydney Dental Hospital. She attained Fellowship with the Royal College of Dental Surgeons (FRACDS) in 2018. Finding her passion, Zanab went on to specialise and successfully attained a Doctor in Clinical Dentistry (Special Needs Dentistry) in 2020 with The University of Sydney as the third graduate of the program. During her training at Westmead Centre for Oral Health, Zanab was the recipient of the prestigious Ronald Ettinger Scholarship and received multiple awards for her research.

Zanab is passionate about the comprehensive dental management for people with special healthcare needs, is a strong advocate for these patients and believes they should receive the highest quality dental care. She is excited to be working with Sydney Specialist Dental Group and combining her experience with both paediatric and adult patients with special healthcare needs, particularly as they transition to adult services and establish a lifelong dental home. Zanab continues to develop her knowledge and skills to help those people with disabilities and the most vulnerable of our population, currently completing a Diploma in Dementia Care. She also continues her research in bariatric dentistry, an area of expertise, having published widely in well renowned journals and presented her findings locally and internationally.

In addition to her work with Sydney Specialist Dental Group, Zanab works in the public Gosford Hospital Dental Clinic with Central Coast Local Health District, managing medically complex patients and is involved in undergraduate teaching of oral health in a conjoint role with the University of Newcastle. Zanab enjoys teaching and sharing her expertise and is the current RACDS NSW/ACT Candidate Advisor in addition to being an active member of the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Special Needs Dentistry, Australian Society of Special Care in Dentistry, Australian Dental Association and International Association of Disability and Oral Health.

When Zanab isn’t in the dental surgery, she spends her time working on creative projects for her etsy store LifebyTeeth to raise money for people with special needs, spending time with her family and friends and exploring (and indulging) in high teas and good food!

Alese Troussas

ORAL HEALTH THERAPIST

BOHT

A multi-skilled Oral Health Therapist, Alese graduated with a Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy (Adult Scope) from the University of Newcastle. In addition to her bachelor’s degree, Alese is also a registered nutritionist.

While studying for her degree, Alese was selected to take part in a placement in Cambodia providing dental treatment and oral health education to Cambodian school-aged children.

With a preventive and holistic approach to oral health, her focus is on patient care and creating achievable dental health goals.

Alese’s areas of expertise include delivering comprehensive dental care for both children and adults; preventive oral health treatment planning; oral health education; and nutritional and dietary counselling.

Outside of work, Alese can be found doting on her children, cooking up a storm in the kitchen, pursuing outdoor activities and ardently supporting her local cafes!