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Meet Dr. Lugus
Dr. Karl E. Lugus is one of a limited number of Board Certified Pediatric Dentists in the greater Atlanta area and is an active member of The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, The American Society of Dentistry for Children, The Southeastern Society of Dentistry for Children and the Georgia Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He is also a Fellow with The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Lugus received his dental degree in 1983 from the Medical College of Virginia (Virginia Commonwealth University) School of Dentistry. He then completed a post-doctoral hospital affiliated residency program in Pediatric Dentistry at the Medical College of Georgia in 1985, certifying him as a specialist exclusively in Pediatric (children’s) Dentistry. Dr. Lugus then went on to complete four additional years of continuing clinical and didactic training in comprehensive orthodontics for children and adolescents in Oklahoma and California. In 1994 he completed his requirements for board certification in the specialty of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Lugus continues to pursue ongoing studies in both orthodontic and restorative dentistry for children in order to stay in the forefront with literature and research regarding the most recent treatment recommendations in the field. He has been practicing the specialty of Pediatric Dentistry in the Atlanta area since 1985, and opened his first private practice location in Lawrenceville in 1987. Dr. Lugus and his wife Claire have two daughters, Anna and Kristiina. Claire is a pediatric ICU trained registered nurse and serves as the office nurse.
Dr. Lugus’ other interests include music, art and the outdoors. He is currently continuing classical studies on the pipe organ while his wife and daughters are studying the piano. Both Anna and Kristiina also studied ballet and other forms of dance.
Every member of the office staff is highly experienced, skilled and caring in all aspects of children’s dentistry. All have been with the practice from ten to twenty years and accompany Dr. Lugus to both practice locations. Their dedication to the practice and to the children helps to insure that the optimal quality of care and compassion extended towards all of our patients is second to none. A shining example of this is Carrie Rebisa, our office manager, who will stop at nothing to make sure that every visit to the office is an informative and pleasant one, both for you the parent as well as your child (children).
Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist?
You have most likely chosen a pediatric dentist rather than a general (family) dentist for your child’s (children’s) dental health care for the same reason that you have chosen a pediatrician for their medical needs. The distinction is important.
A pediatric dentist is first a general dentist (often referred to as a family dentist) who then must complete a minimum of two additional years in a hospital affiliated specialty residency program in Pediatric Dentistry. This training encompasses comprehensive dentistry for all children and adolescents, and includes well, sick and special needs patients. It involves the proper diagnosis and treatment of all aspects of children’s oral health and development including restorative (reparative), preventive, emergency and orthodontic issues. Great emphasis is also placed on child psychology and behavior guidance. The pediatric dentist is therefore the only type of dentist fully trained and qualified to deliver all aspects of oral health care for children and teenagers.
Children are never too young to be seen by a dentist, particularly for issues involving an injury to the mouth, or if the parents or child’s physician see or suspect any oral/dental problems. However, the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry ideally recommends scheduling the first preventive dental visit by twelve months of age, or soon after the emergence of the first baby (primary) teeth, and certainly no later than eighteen to twenty-four months of age. A thorough oral evaluation at that time along with any indicated x-rays is very important in detecting a host of possible problems that may be already present or potentially ready to develop, such as tooth and oral soft tissue disease and abnormalities, developing bite problems and many others. By beginning early and maintaining regular check up visits, normally every six months, these dental problems can be minimized or prevented altogether.
This first dental visit involves an oral-facial examination along with preventive home care guidance and tips for the parents including oral hygiene and nutritional information, proper fluoride levels etc. A dental cleaning may be attempted along with possible indicated x-rays depending on the child’s age and comfort level. This visit is a thorough but short and easy get-acquainted visit. It will help pave the way for a less anxious child for subsequent appointments, should any dental work be required.
In preparing your child for their first dental procedure such as a filling, always be optimistic and matter of fact. Keep explanations short. Do not show any signs of your own fear that you may have, and do not use words like “hurt,” “needle,” “drill,” “shot,” etc. If necessary, offer your child some type of incentive in order to get them to the appointment. Be positive. Prepare them for a fun visit. Then leave the rest up to our office. We will provide the excellent care that you desire and your child deserves, and will make the experience as pleasant as possible at the same time.
Our Lawrenceville office is located in a beautiful professional office park immediately next to or in close proximity to a major medical center/hospital as well as multiple other medical and dental specialists both within and surrounding the parks themselves. Our office is clean, spacious and comfortable with ample room in the waiting areas, which include large television screens for patient movie viewing as well as a separate but visible game room.
The treatment areas for the children are also set up in large cheerful open treatment bay type rooms as well as separate private interconnected rooms with easy viewing through large windows on all sides. All rooms also have TV monitors for movie viewing as well as stereo/CD music for the children.
Our office is set up with the finest equipment and supplies for optimum patient comfort and safety. It is also completely equipped with central nitrous oxide delivery as well as any needed emergency equipment and supplies.
Thanking Our Community by Giving Back
We’re offering music that Dr. Lugus was involved in making as a gift for your donation to Gwinnett Children’s Shelter. Please help a child today with your donation. Make checks payable to Gwinnett Children’s Shelter and drop it by our office, we’ll forward it to them.
Dr. Lugus had fun singing and playing keyboards & synth bass in the band“4 out of 5” dentists.
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