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Glendale's premier
pediatric dental provider

Thunderbird Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics is a pediatric specialty dental practice exclusively for children and teens. Our Pediatric Specialists, Dr Duckworth and Dr Stephanie Pagels, consider your child’s safety and comfort as their top priority. Our caring staff and welcoming environment provide a positive experience for your child as they prepare for a lifetime of incredible smiles!

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Our services

The services we offer include complete children’s dentistry and orthodontics in one convenient location! We believe in providing quality care to every patient and we  design our  treatment plans based on individual needs, not fee schedules. We accept most insurances, including Medicaid and we file all claims with your insurance company on your behalf and even  offer flexible payment plans and CareCredit.

Meet Our Team

Our dental team is comprised of board-certified pediatric specialists and general dentists for children. Our dental assistants and staff are all specially trained to cater to the needs of kids. We hire only the most talented employees and givethem opportunities to grow within our organization. We realize that taking care of children involves much more than just fixing teeth.That’s why we take the time to develop lasting relationships with each child built on trust and kindness. It’s the cornerstone of who we are.

Stephanie Pagels, DDS

Stephanie Pagels, DDS, board-eligible pediatric dentist, was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2008 with a BA in Psychology, and earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Southern California.

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Damon Duckworth, DDS

Damon Duckworth, DDS, was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Duckworth graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. He then graduated from the University of Southern California’s Ostrow School of Dentistry

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About us

Our modern, fun décor office is equipped with the latest dental technology.  Designed with children in mind, our bright office and  in-chair HDTVs will keep them busy and comfortable before and during treatment. Our spacious hygiene area is  comfortable and open. and our treatment rooms provide privacy when needed for more involved procedures. Our offices are designed to entertain the young ones, yet does not exclude the comfort of teens. 

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Why choose us

Dental exams and cleanings

Regular exams are an important part of maintaining your child's oral health. During your child's regular exam, we will:

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Restorative care

Traditional dental restoratives, or fillings, may include gold, porcelain, or composite. Newer dental fillings include ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth.

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Special needs dentistry

Providing comprehensive preventive and therapeutic dental care to patients who have special healthcare needs is an important aspect of our practice

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Pediatric Dentistry

We specialize in dentistry for children ages 9 months to 18 years old.  Staffed with pediatric specialists and general dentists for children, we can offer basic quality care  like exams and cleanings all the way up to specialized procedures and even hospital dentistry. We are one of a few practices offering multiple types of sedation dentistry for children for added comfort, when prescribed or necessary. Our focus is exclusively on kids, which is how we create such a positive dental experience for them.

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Meet some of our patients

Stephanie

Dr. Duckworth is AMAZING! I will never go to another dentist for my children. He is so kind, warm, understanding, caring, and does such a great job with my kids. My oldest daughter has Down Syndrome and he’s just the best with her. She loves him! Along with my 8 year old daughter. The whole office and team are great. Couldn’t recommend more!

Chase

This place is so great whether it's the welcoming atmosphere or the friendly staff! Kids (2 and 4yrs) always look forward to coming here, very satisfied!

Jenna

I love taking my kids here! Staff are super nice every time and the dentist's are very kind always. My kids love the TV's they have which makes for a less scary experience for them. I highly recommend this place for anyone, even kids as little as 2!

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