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Dr. Nymphia Naik (Paediatric Dentist)

Dr. Nymphia is a Specialist Paediatric Dentist, who provides comprehensive dental care for children of all ages, including those with complex dental, medical, special needs, injuries and decay. As a Paediatric Dentist, Dr. Nymphia provides treatment to children with chalky teeth, dental caries or decay, dental trauma, special needs and behavioural difficulties requiring management (treatment) with Nitrous Oxide sedation or happy gas, intravenous sedation or General Anaesthesia (GA).
Dr Nymphia has current memberships of the Australian Dental Association, Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry, Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry, Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, and The D3 Group for Developmental Dental Defects.

Dr Nymphia graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from University of Otago, New Zealand in 2000. After completing the Graduate Dental Program she worked in a busy private practice in rural New Zealand in 2001, before migrating across the Tasman.

She continued working in private practice in Sydney and then Perth until 2003 after which she was appointed Junior Dental Registrar at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth. In 2005, she moved to Melbourne to pursue her passion and specialist training in Paediatric Dentistry. She completed her Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Paediatric Dentistry) from the University of Melbourne in 2007 and commenced part-time specialist practice in 2008. She was appointed Clinical Associate Lecturer in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Sydney in 2009 and worked as part-time staff specialist at the Sydney Dental Hospital until 2011.

Her special interests include management of chalky teeth, prevention of dental decay in young children, providing comprehensive dental treatment to children with Autism spectrum disorder, Attention deficit disorder and those with special needs.

When she is not busy running her practice, she is busy running after her very energetic toddler. She also enjoys rock-climbing, yoga and salsa dancing test.

Paediatric dentistry is a specialised discipline, recognized by the Australian Dental Association, which focuses on all aspects of oral care provided by a specialist paediatric dentist to infants, children and adolescents and those with special needs.

As quoted by American Academy of Paediatric Dentistry:

  • The Paediatric Dentist is a specialist who is dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through to teenage years. The very young, pre-teen and teenagers all need different approaches in dealing with their behaviour, guiding their dental growth and development, and helping them avoid future dental problems. The Paediatric Dentist is the best qualified to meet these needs."
  • The Paediatric dentists have acquired additional 2-3 years of specialty training, following their general dental education, and limit the practice of dentistry to treating only children. They learn how to deal with the behavioural aspects of children, how to make them feel comfortable, and to make the experience pleasant. Also, they are trained and qualified to treat children with special needs.

Paediatric Dentist or Pediatric Dentist

Paediatric and Pediatric both medical terms are correct as Pediatrics is the US spelling while Paediatrics is the British (UK) spelling.

Usually the people who speak US English use Paediatrician, Paediatric dentist and Paediatric dentistry while for UK Pediatrician, Pediatric dentist and Pediatric dentistry is used.

As Paediatric Dentists we care for children from infancy through to adolescence offering the following:

  • Management of children with severe decay affecting multiple teeth or those requiring extensive treatment
  • Provision of dental treatment under ‘happy gas’ or nitrous oxide sedation (in office) or general anaesthesia at Sunshine Coast Private Hospital
  • Management of dental conditions such as over-retained teeth, supernumerary or extra teeth and enamel defects
  • Management of children with behavioural or anxiety
  • Management of children with medical conditions
  • Prevention of dental and oral injuries by providing custom fit mouthguards
  • Emergency and follow-up management of dental and oral injuries affecting both primary and permanent teeth
  • Routine and preventive dental check-ups for prevention of dental decay