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Dental Care

Cook Children's can serve as a child's dental home for patients between the ages of 0 to 16 years old. Cook Children's board certified pediatric dentists help to simplify dental care to improve overall health for kids.

We accept Medicaid and CHIP patients and can treat children with medical conditions.

Dental services

As a first dental home provider, we provide oral health education for our patients and families, along with the following dental services:

Preventive treatment

  • Exams
  • Digital X-rays
  • Cleanings
  • Sealants

Restorative treatment

  • Fillings
  • Stainless steel crowns
  • Extractions
  • Pulpotomy

Sedation dentistry

  • Nitrous oxide
  • Conscious sedation
  • Topical anesthetic
  • Local anesthetic

Preparing your child for a dental visit

Some kids like going to the dentist, but others might be afraid of a visit to the dental office. If your child is worried or fearful, a little preparation before the visit can be especially helpful. Here are a few tips to help make the experience easier for your child and for you.

  • Be positive about the dentist visit. Don't use the dentist as a threat to try and get your child to brush their teeth or eat healthy. Instead, reassure your child that the dentist just wants to keep their teeth as healthy as possible. It may be helpful to plan a special activity for after the visit!
  • Talk with your child about what may happen, using simple language. For example:
    • "The people at the dentist's office might want to take x-ray pictures of your teeth so that they can see if they are healthy."
    • "The dentist will look at your teeth, and a dental hygienist may come in to clean your teeth and teach us how to keep your teeth clean at home."
  • If you'd like, Child Life can provide you with a dental take-home kit. The kit contains materials you can use to help your child learn about the tools and equipment that he or she will see during your visit to the dentist. We can even arrange for you to have these materials prior to your first visit.
  • Having a visual schedule can help some children through the visit by making them feel a little more in control. The schedule lets them know what to expect each step of the way during the visit. Please contact child life if you would like to receive a visual schedule.
  • If your child has a developmental condition such as autism, or other health problems that may make oral care and dental visits particularly challenging, be sure to let the dentist's office know when you make the appointment. This will allow us to ensure that your child has as pleasant an experience as possible.

Meet your team

Sheela Patel, D.D.S

Sheela Patel, D.D.S

I have always loved being around children of all ages. I was drawn to pediatric care while I was volunteering for the Give Kids A Smile program offered through the University of Nebraska Medical Center Dental School. We provided free dental screenings, treatment and education to underserved children in rural areas of Nebraska. Not only did I enjoy treating children, I was able to take part in educational activities to increase their awareness of oral health and discuss the importance of taking care of their teeth at a young age. I also was fortunate to have the experience to provide dental services to children in need on a mission trip to Honduras during my residency training. I am a big proponent of preventative dentistry and committed to improving the health of children by educating families on the importance of oral health care. I love showing children that dentistry could be fun and also provide a positive experience and trust that they can take with them forever.

I enjoy spending time with my husband, Jay and my son, Niam. I also enjoy being outdoors, reading, music and traveling. My husband is also in the medical field and is a practicing surgeon in the greater Fort Worth area.

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Shawne Barron, D.D.S., M.S.

Shawne Barron, D.D.S., M.S.

I am grateful beyond words to be surrounded inspiration daily ... from the kids that come into the clinic with their amazing families, to the brilliant ladies I get to work with at Cook Children's Renaissance, to my three sons who inspire me to step outside the box and have adventures and depend on God daily, to my sweet daughter-in-law who shows me what it looks like to walk in faith, to my twin daughters who are always exciting and resilient, not the least bit boring, and to my amazing husband who is my best cheerleader, coach, mentor, and friend. He shows me daily the courageous example of generosity.

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Felixia Cates, BSDH, RDH

Felixia Cates, BSDH, RDH

Felixia Cates joined Cook Children’s in 2014 as a Registered Dental Hygienist. She graduated from Del Mar College in 2013 and received her Bachelors in Dental Hygiene from the University of UT Health San Antonio.

My goal is to create a safe environment for not only my patients, but also for the parents and/or caregivers. I believe it is a family effort to achieve a successful dental visit for those that may be afraid of the dentist. It is a blessing to have the opportunity to meet and serve the dental needs of our community. Thanks to our amazing dental team we have the ability, wisdom, and knowledge to accommodate the needs of our patients.

Felixia resides in Burleson with her husband and amazing son. When she is not working she is spending time with her family, loves the outdoors, and is also a foodie!