Now Accepting New Patients

Santa Maria Infant Dentist

Creating healthy smiles for little ones

Preventive & restorative pediatric dental services

General anesthesia and minimally invasive cavity treatment

Spanish speaking pediatric dentist & staff

We accept Denti-Cal!

Space maintainers for your child’s future smile

Who doesn’t love a good tooth fairy visit? Infant dentistry is about ensuring that little ones are taken care of when it comes to their teeth. More than just cleaning and check-ups, it’s also about preventing problems before they start and catching any issues early on. Plus, forming good habits when it comes to taking care of their teeth will make things a lot easier for them down the road.

At Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry we’ll ensure your kid’s teeth are healthy and that they’re having fun while they’re at it. Give your kid an awesome future smile! Request Appointment!

Benefits of working with Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry for your child’s smile

  • Our staff is specially trained to work with children from all educational and developmental backgrounds.
  • We offer general anesthesia to ensure your child can undergo the treatment they need with less stress and discomfort.
  • We offer most treatments in-office, so your child will always work with a familiar dental team.
  • We accept Denti-Cal and many other payment and financing options to ensure you can afford your child’s care.

Is infant dentistry covered by insurance?

While every insurance policy is different, most insurance plans cover at least a portion of infant dentistry treatments. Contact us for full details of your coverage.

Hear from our patients


A really amazing experience! Dr. Pederson was so nice and welcoming. I am definitely excited to bring my kids back here in 6 months! Thank you Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry!

– Jasmine V.

How can I prepare my child for their first dental visit??

To prepare your child for their first dental visit, it’s important to start by talking to them about the importance of taking care of their teeth. You can use simple language and age-appropriate examples to explain why visiting the dentist is necessary. It’s also helpful to read books or watch videos that depict children visiting the dentist in a positive light. You can also play pretend dentist with your child using a toothbrush and a stuffed animal as a patient.

It can be helpful to schedule the appointment at a time when your child is typically calm and well-rested, and to let the dentist know if your child has any specific fears or concerns. It’s also important to visit the dentist with your child for the first time, to provide them with a sense of comfort and security.

At Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry, our staff is specially trained to work with children from all educational and developmental backgrounds. Rest assured that your child is in the best hands!

Questions about your child’s first dental visit? Contact us

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Infant Dentistry FAQs

When should my child first see a pediatric dentist?

It’s recommended that a child should have their first dental visit by their first birthday or within six months of their first tooth eruption.

How can I help my child maintain good oral hygiene at home?

Encourage your child to brush their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, and limit sugary and sticky foods. Supervising and helping your child with their oral hygiene until they’re 7-8 years old is also important.

What’s the difference between a pediatric dentist and a regular dentist?

Pediatric dentists have completed additional training and education in child development and behavior management. They’re also trained to handle the unique dental needs of children, including those with special needs.

What should I do if my child has a dental emergency?

If your child is experiencing severe pain, bleeding, or injury to their teeth or gums, contact your pediatric dentist immediately. If they are unavailable, visit the nearest emergency room or urgent care center.


Denti-Cal & most insurance accepted

We are in network with most PPO dental insurances, and are the only local pediatric dental specialist accepting Denti-Cal. Not sure if your specific plan is accepted? Contact us today for a complimentary benefits check.

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No insurance? We’ve got you covered.

We offer an in-house discount plan and payment plans to help you afford care.

Our in-house discount plan includes:


  • 2 comprehensive exams and cleanings per year, including any needed x-rays
  • Discounts on any needed treatment

All Families Welcome

At Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry, we’re proud to offer a comfortable dentistry experience to all families in our community.

We offer a full range of restorative and preventive services in a comforting and encouraging environment. At your child’s appointment, we’ll check on their oral health and fill you in on any recommended treatments.

You can trust Dr. Pedersen to provide a comfortable and encouraging oral health experience.

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Our Office

1414 S Miller St Suite J
Santa Maria, CA 93454

Get Directions

Call (805) 922-9626


Monday - Thursday: 8am - 4pm

Friday: 8am - 12pm

Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Now Welcoming New Patients