Board the spaceship, they’re ready for take off! Next stop: the planet of pearly whites. That’s right, this is a dentist’s office none other than Starship Pediatric Dentistry in Madison!
Dr. Sky Berdahl started the practice not only to subtract fear and add fun to any child’s trip to the dentist, but to make one of his childhood dreams become reality. That dream: to become a pediatric dental astronaut.
This dentist’s love for sci-fi originated from the first movie he ever saw: “Star Wars”.
“I’m a boy at heart,” Dr. Sky Berdahl said. “I’m a collector, I’m an avid fan of mainly all things sci-fi whether it’s ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Dr. Who,’ anything on television I’m a fan.”
Dr. Sky Berdahl said he tried to incorporate a little bit of everything, as evidenced by his shelves stocked with R2D2 models and Rainbow Bright figurines.
Pediatric dentist Jennifer Wilbur walked us through the space-themed dental experience complete with cleanings, fluoride treatments, movies and puppets.
“A lot of times kids get very nervous about going to the dentist or doctor because they come in and know it is something maybe they should be nervous of,” Jennifer Wilbur said. “What we wanted to do was make it a very exciting experience from when you first walk in.”
Surrounded by toys, iPads, movies, TV and the spaceship décor the kids are put at ease.
“We try to make it a completely different experience—more like a ride than a dental experience,” Wilbur said.
Parents tell their kids they’re not going to the dentist, but going to the spaceship. All aboard and smile bright!
For more information, visit StarshipPediatricDentistry.com.