When my oldest child was young, maybe three years old, I took him to a pediatric dentist (I won’t mention names) for his first dental visit. He was very uncomfortable at the office, though it was supposed to be child-friendly, and was terrified of the dentist and cried the entire time. It was tough for the dentist to even see what his teeth looked like with all the drama. This dentist wanted to put fillings in ALL his molars, as a measure for preventing cavities! I would have had to take him to the hospital and they would have used anesthesia on him to knock him out for the procedure! I couldn’t believe a dentist would require such extreme measures! I decided I’d better get a second opinion, and thank goodness I was recommended to try Dr. Murdock.
I was worried about how my son would react to Dr. Murdock, but the experience was completely the opposite of the first dental visit with the pediatric dentist. Dr. Murdock’s son was there that day, and he made the visit so much fun for my son! He let him “shoot” the water sprayer at targets along the sink, made him balloons out of latex gloves, played with him and was so cute with him! The rest of the staff is much the same with my kids — fun, upbeat and friendly. There are always toys and games, books and movies for kids when they come to the office, so even though Dr. Murdock isn’t known as a pediatric dentist, I would say his office is every bit as kid-friendly as any pediatric dentist’s, if not more so. They even have iPods kids can use to watch cartoons while Dr. Murdock is working on their teeth! At the end of a check-up, all kids receive a gold coin to use in a vending machine, where they can purchase small toys. They especially love this and are always so excited when I tell them it’s time to see the dentist! 🙂
When I told Dr. Murdock what the pediatric dentist had wanted me to do and showed him the estimate sheet I was given, he was appalled. After looking at my son’s teeth (he calls it “counting” their teeth to make it fun), he informed me all he had was stains — no cavities. What a relief! Dr. Murdock is very careful when prescribing treatment and will only recommend getting fillings or other dental work if he feels it’s absolutely necessary. I’ve had him watch a small cavity of mine for more than a year, checking each visit to see if it was getting any bigger. He won’t fill a cavity unless it’s big enough to warrant it or it’s causing discomfort. He makes a point of communicating everything to his patients, so they understand why he’s recommending a certain treatment, or why he thinks it should wait.
I really can’t say enough good things about Dr. Murdock. I haven’t had any experience with Dr. Searle, but if he works with Dr. Murdock, he must be good. All the staff members are friendly and make you feel right at home. This is an amazing office and I have told my friends and family how awesome it is, and have sent many their way. Don’t hesitate to go to this office – you won’t regret it.