The dentists and dental staff at Exton Pediatric & Adolescent Dentistry provide the highest quality dental care for children in infancy through adolescence. Our office specializes in children’s dentistry, which means we focus on the dental health needs of younger patients. Our services are centered around preventive care to address the physiological and psychological needs of our patients as they grow. We are committed to helping children develop positive associations with good oral health and dental visits.
We understand going to the dentist can make some children anxious, so we strive to create a comfortable, welcoming, and fun environment. Each patient’s oral health is important to us, so we work to make learning and receiving dental care fun. We want every patient to have the foundation they need to keep their teeth healthy for life.
Our mission at Exton Pediatric & Adolescent Dentistry (EPAD) is to serve the unique needs of children by providing a welcoming environment and utilizing the tell, show, do method to provide quality specialized dental care. We respect and acknowledge the trust each parent has given us to care for their child. We consider it a privilege to treat children, and we treat each visit as an opportunity to make a difference in their lives by helping them obtain the best possible oral health through prevention first and intervention second.
Our Core Values
S urroundings | EPAD creates a fun and welcoming environment where children feel comfortable.
M orality | EPAD treats each patient based on their individual needs with kindness and compassion.
I mpartiality | EPAD believes that every child deserves the best possible care for their oral health.
L earning | EPAD strives to educate patients and families.
E xcellence | EPAD strives to exceed expectations by providing outstanding service.
S afety | EPAD uses the safest approach for every dental treatment.
Meet Our Doctors
Hilda Villegas, DMD
Dr. Hilda Villegas was born and raised in Columbia, South America where she practiced dentistry for 12 years, specializing in children’s dentistry. She moved to Philadelphia in 2001 and began teaching at the University of Pennsylvania – School of Dental Medicine, where she taught for 10 years. She graduated from the UPENN Dental School in 2009, and has specialized in pediatric dentistry. Dr. Villegas has been married for 25 years and has two children. She enjoys reading and watching movies.
Doreen Ryan, Office Supervisor
Doreen Ryan is the Office Supervisor for Exton Pediatric & Adolescent Dentistry. She has lived in Chester County for 15 years. Doreen is a proud mother of 2 sons and 1 daughter. She enjoys spending time with her family, pets, hiking, and loves cooking.
Here at Exton Pediatric & Adolescent Dentistry (EPAD), we are dedicated to ensuring not only each child’s visit is a fun and memorable visit, but also a safe visit! “We do everything we can to make sure our patients are safe at all times,” says Eric Felix, D.M.D, owner of EPAD.
Whether a dentist, hygienist, EFDA, dental assistant, sterilization tech, receptionist, or Office Supervisor; each employee at EPAD undergoes vigorous training, protocols, and safety checks. All of these vigorous safety trainings, protocols, and safety checks are continued throughout their employment with EPAD.
The rigorous screening includes a Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprinting check, a Pennsylvania child abuse history clearance, and a Pennsylvania criminal background check. All staff members participate in a yearly training and educational program. These educational topics include HIPPA compliance, workplace diversity and customer service, identifying and assessing victims of abuse and neglect, and x-ray safety. All staff members are trained in CPR every two years, and complete an x-ray class required by the State of Pennsylvania.
Not only does our staff undergo safety precautions, but all of our equipment does too! All offices have a certified technician who comes into the offices every 90 days to evaluate all equipment. The technician comes in to ensure everything’s running smoothly and properly. Once a year we also have an inspection and testing completed by an inspector from the State of Pennsylvania X-rays are taken in one area away from other patients for each facility, each x-ray machine & radiation monitoring equipment. All of our facilities and the x-ray machines have permits and licensing through the State of Pennsylvania.
Each month staff performs a monthly safety checklist. This checklist has staff checking and ensuring all emergency equipment is running properly, all emergency lights work properly, ensures all emergency signs are posted and visible for all patients to follow, and ensures all SDS books are up to date. Each office does a spore test on all sterilization equipment, and the test is sent out for approval each week. This testing ensures each sterilizer is working properly and following all OSHA standards.
Here at Exton Pediatric & Adolescent Dentistry, we train all staff members on OSHA and follow all guidelines. We make sure that all children being seen are wearing safety glasses. We only use mercury-free fillings, and digital x-rays. Digital x-rays use 90 percent less radiation than film x-rays. Digital x-rays are also safer for the environment, no hazardous waste disposal is necessary because digital x-rays do not use hazardous chemicals. We follow the guidelines which are set forth by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) regarding how often x-rays are to be taken, and x-rays are taken in an area away from other patients.
For more information about our pediatric dental services, questions, or to schedule an appointment for your child, please contact EPAD today at 610-363-8872. We are always welcoming new patients to our practice.