Meet Our Doctors
Dr. Hoanh Le, DDS
Dr. Hoanh Le has been delivering outstanding dental care since 1988. He was born in Vietnam and came to the US during his teenage years. He received his bachelor degree at the University of Arkansas and his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In 2001, he decided to further his education and completed his residency in pediatric dentistry at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Miami Children’s Hospital. His education included advanced studies and specialized training in dentistry for children, adolescents and special needs patients.
Dr. Le is committed to providing the highest quality pediatric dental care and is supported by a team that is dedicated to providing each patient with compassionate and individualized care. When he’s not working, he enjoys traveling, barbequing and spending time with his wife, kids, and grandkids.
Dr. Audrey Sill recently joined our office and strives to provide excellent dental care for children in a fun and positive way. She is passionate about educating and empowering parents to establish habits for a lifetime of good oral health. Dr. Sill received her bachelor degree in Cell Biology at the University of Kansas in 2010 and received her Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2016. She then completed her pediatric dental residency at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her education included advanced studies and specialized training in dentistry for children, adolescents, special needs and medically compromised patients.
Dr. Sill grew up in Wichita and is excited to be back home serving the community. When she’s not at the office she enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with her husband, John, and daughter, Ava.
Dr. Audrey Sill, DDS
Dr. Travis Tanaka, DDS
Dr. Travis Tanaka was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, on the island of Oahu. He left the islands for California to receive a Bachelor of Science degree at Santa Clara University. His studies eventually led him to the UMKC School of Dentistry for a general Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, where he participated in advanced studies programs.
In his free time, Travis enjoys watching sports, trying to play golf and experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen. Dr. Tanaka loves the Wichita community and prides himself on serving others with compassion and quality care while spreading the Aloha spirit.
Your Child’s First Dental Visit
Healthy teeth and gums start with the early establishment of a dental home. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends having the first dental visit within 6 months after your baby’s first tooth erupts or no later than his or her 1st birthday.
What to Expect
Your child’s comfort and enjoyment is our priority from the beginning. This first visit will give your child the opportunity to get to know us and for us to build a trusting relationship with your child. The dentist will complete an examination to check your child’s gums, oral tissues, bite and existing teeth for any decay. If necessary, a thorough cleaning, x-rays and fluoride treatment will be completed as well. Afterwards, we will reward them with a prize for their courage and cooperation.
Oral Health Education
One of our main goals is to help your child establish and maintain strong oral health habits for a lifetime of good oral health. Creating these important skills and habits at a young age will help keep them cavity free for years to come. We will teach your child how to brush and floss in a fun and interactive way. We may also discuss several important topics which include:
Proper nutrition and dietary habits
Cavity prevention tips
Tips for a Positive Dental Visit
To prepare for your child’s first dental visit, we encourage parents to take the time to prepare them by reading books and talking about the basics of the dental appointment. If age appropriate, it may be helpful to show your child the pictures in the Office Tour section of our website so they have an idea of what to expect and can see the office. You can use phrases like “they are going to count your teeth” and “make them shiny” or “put vitamins on your teeth”. Please try to avoid phrases like “give you a shot”, “pull your teeth”, or “drill on your teeth”. Our goal is to make your child’s 1st appointment a fun and positive one to set the tone for future appointments and we hope our office will be a place they look forward to visiting.
At Kidspace, we want to provide quality dental care that fits into your budget.
We are providers for most Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas plans, Delta Dental PPO, Cigna, Aetna, Unicare and KanCare (Aetna Better Health of Kansas, Sunflower/Envolve and UnitedHealthcare). Our financial team will be glad to file insurance claims for you. Co-payments are expected at the time of service.
For the convenience of our patients, we accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and Care Credit. For more information or questions about our payment options and insurance providers, please give us a call.
When should I take my child for their first dental visit?
In order to prevent early dental decay, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends your child have their first dental visit 6 months after their first tooth appears or at least by their 1st birthday.
How often should my child see the dentist?
A cleaning and check-up exam is recommended every 6 months in order to prevent cavities. However, the frequency of check-ups may vary depending on your child's unique oral health and dental needs.
When should I start brushing and flossing my child's teeth?
The sooner the better! Creating and establishing proper oral hygiene habits at a young age, will set your child up for a lifetime of good oral health and is one of the best tools to prevent early childhood cavities.
As soon as teeth begin to appear, start brushing twice daily (morning and before bed) using fluoridated toothpaste and a soft bristle toothbrush.
Once your child allows you to brush their teeth, it is time to introduce flossing.
Remember, young children do not have the dexterity to clean all tooth surfaces properly so it is recommended that an adult brush and floss their teeth until they are 7-8 years old.
What is sedation or general anesthesia dentistry?
Sedation or general anesthesia dentistry refers to the use of various pharmaceuticals to aid in creating a safe and comfortable environment for your child to undergo dental treatment. Indications for treatment under sedation or general anesthesia are dependent on your child’s behavior and dental needs. Our dentists can help you determine what is best for your child based on their unique dental needs.
What are sealants and how do they work?
A sealant is a thin layer of tooth colored material that is placed on the top chewing surface of back teeth to fill in the deep pits and grooves.
Food and bacteria often get stuck in the deep pits and grooves of back teeth, which can lead to the formation of cavities. Sealants work by filling in those areas, which prevent food and bacteria from getting stuck there. Sealants also create a more cleansable surface, making it less likely for cavities to form.
Sealants are fast and easy to place, they do not require an anesthetic and can protect teeth for many years.
Why is taking care of baby teeth important?
Primary, or "baby," teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in maintaining space and forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to emerge. Some baby teeth are not replaced by permanent teeth until a child is 12 to 14 years old.
What should I do if my child has a toothache?
You can give them Children’s Tylenol or Children’s Motrin/Ibuprofen for any pain instead of placing Aspirin or Orajel on their teeth and gums. Adjust their diet to softer foods, avoiding things of extreme hot or cold temperatures and call our office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.
Toothpaste: When should we begin using it and how much should we use?
Parents should use a tiny smear of fluoridated toothpaste (the size of a grain of rice) to brush their baby’s teeth twice daily as soon as they erupt. Once children are 3-6 years old, the amount of toothpaste should increase to a pea-size dollop. Children should spit out the excess toothpaste after brushing once they have developed the appropriate skills.
How do I make my child's diet safe for their teeth?
Make sure your child has a well balanced diet consisting of vegetables, fruits, dairy products and meat.
Limit the number of servings and the frequency that your child takes in sugary drinks, snacks and starches. Once teeth erupt, do not allow your child to nurse throughout the night or take a bottle or sippy cup to bed, unless they are drinking plain water. Doing these things will help protect your child’s teeth from decay.
Are thumb sucking and pacifier habits harmful for a child's teeth?
Thumb and pacifier sucking habits generally become a problem if they go on for a very long period of time. Most children stop these habits on their own. If they are still sucking their thumb or pacifier into their preschool years, a dentist may recommend an appliance to help break the habit. Ideally the pacifier or thumb habit has stopped by 18-24 months.
What should I do if my child falls and knocks out a permanent tooth?
Remain calm and try to find the tooth. Hold it by the crown instead of the root and try to re-insert it into the socket. If that is not possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk and take your child and the tooth immediately to the dentist.
When should my child get braces?
The American Academy of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends children receive an orthodontic consult around age 7. Each child grows and develops differently so during each check up with the dentist your child’s tooth positions and bite will be evaluated for different “red flags” that may indicate the need for an orthodontic consult.