La Jolla Family Dentistry is ready to handle special-needs cases


When a child with special needs has a dental emergency, anxious parents need an immediate remedy. Thankfully, La Jolla Family Dentistry stands ready to help with a 24-hour hotline linked to the dentists’ cell phones.

Dr. Jana Osmolinski and her husband/partner, Dr. Eric Osmolinski, have handled numerous emergencies, which require their unique skills. Jana is a dental anesthesiologist — one of only 300 in the United States. Eric is an oral maxillofacial surgeon specializing in oral surgery, including dental implants, wisdom teeth extraction, Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ) and trauma care.

Recently, Jana responded to a parent’s request to help their severely mentally challenged 19-year-old son.

“He was in acute pain with an infected molar, which we took care of in one visit,” she said. “We were able to safely and comfortably treat him under anesthesia, so he had a good experience. We not only treated his problem, we were able to establish a new outlook for him as to how he viewed a dental experience.”

A mother’s nervous call requesting help with her 7-year-old son’s infected baby tooth was another situation that required quick action.

“We were able to do a verbal assessment over the phone on a Sunday and treated the child in our office within 30 minutes,” Dr. Eric said.

After hours, office calls are forwarded to the doctors’ cell phones, which are picked up 24/7. An essential part of the Osmolinski’s practice is to carefully look at each patient as an individual. “It’s important for us to spend time with each individual to determine what treatment is right for them, and then tailor the treatment plan according to their medical history, patient experience, patient expectations and long-term desired results,” Eric said.

La Jolla Family Dentistry has a state-of -the-art facility featuring the most sophisticated equipment available. Their X-ray machine emits the lowest radiation of any machine on the market.

“We don’t have to take put X-ray film in the mouth anymore; we have a panoramic digital X-ray machine with extra oral bitewing, and we only need one picture to diagnose anything in the oral cavity,” Eric added.

The couple will present a lecture together on Dec. 7 at the San Diego Dental Convention, titled, “Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office.”

• La Jolla Family Dentistry, Drs. Jana and Eric Osmolinski

7509 Draper Ave., Suite B, La Jolla

(858) 454-8484

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