Sarah Mathias, DDS

Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist

Doctor Sarah Mathias is a different kind of dentist. With her child-oriented style and fun personality, she gets children excited about their dental care, helping them develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime. During her doctoral studies at the University of Iowa, “Dr. Sarah” found that she especially enjoyed connecting with children to create a positive dental experience. This passion led her to Chicago, where she earned a master’s degree in oral sciences and a specialty degree in pediatric dentistry—a distinction held by fewer than three percent of all dentists.

Read What Parents are Saying!

“We always receive the best care at Jungle of Smiles! My kids are always excited to go and are in happy moods when they leave. Thank you Dr. Sarah and your staff, you're the very best!”

‑Aubrey F.

“Great practice! Friendly admins, and warm and welcoming hygienists plus Dr Sarah is amazing! If you have a kiddo who is afraid to go to the dentist, this is the practice for you! Everything about the experience is top-notch, clean, friendly and makes having healthy teeth and mouth fun.”

‑Michael C.

“Great Dental place for kids.”

‑Camron D.

“It's been about ten years now with Jungle of Smiles, and we couldn't be happier.”

‑Anthony S.

“As always, great hygienist, office staff, and doctor. We love this place. My kids get excited to go to the dentist. I wish this office was around when I was a kid!”

‑Daniel R.

“Great visit! Dr Sarah and her staff are amazing!”

‑Adriel B.

“Dr Sarah and her staff are incredible! My kids have loved going to the dentist since they were little because of this office! So much fun!”

‑Croix M.

“Our dental hygienist was so wonderful with my daughter. Hope we get her again!”

‑Zoe O.

“We love jungle of smiles!”

‑Cody H.

“Excellent service, friendly staff.”

‑Isabella T.

“Their biannual cleanings are always great. We needed an urgent visit to extract a tooth due to an abscess growth and we were able to get in right away. The process was smooth and easy. My daughter was a bit tense and nervous about the procedure but the whole procedure was very comforting by the technician and Dr. Sarah. Everyone is quite welcoming , friendly , professional and efficient.”

‑Brianna C.

“Dr. Sarah is the best. She made sure my daughter was comfortable and that she didn't feel any pain with her tooth distraction. Dr. Sarah was amazing and I would highly recommend her to anyone.”

‑Zoey H.

“My first time meeting Dr. Sarah. She was the most friendly human being! The office staff was also great. They explained my insurance and recommended services very professionally. Highly recommend.”

‑Isaac M.

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Pediatric Treatments

While most adults would agree with the importance of protecting their adult teeth, many overlook the developmental significance of the primary dentition, or "baby teeth." Most pediatric dental patients have both adult and baby teeth, or mixed dentition, and a pediatric dental specialist understands how proper care of both can lead to a lifetime of healthy smiles.

No More Lip‑Tie or Tongue‑Tie

Well before your baby is born, you are committed to doing everything possible to help him or her grow up happy, strong and healthy. Sometimes, you both need extra help to accomplish this, and one common but easily treated problem some parents and infants face is a restrictive frenum. This is also called a frenulum and is commonly known as tongue-tie or lip-tie. A simple laser frenectomy can keep your baby healthy!

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Hard Tissue Laser Dentistry

Laser dentistry is one of the most advanced technologies available to today's pediatric dentist. Laser treatments are especially gentle on your child's existing tooth structure, and as a result are much less invasive and heal much more quickly. Laser dentistry can be used to comfortably treat even the most sensitive of teeth. Dr. Mathias can even use laser dentistry to treat most cavities without the use of needles and relieve your child of canker sores and periodontal (gum) disease.

Our Services

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Infant's First Visit

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For new parents we follow the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry – “first visit by the first birthday”. Recognizing the short attention span of 1 year olds, we will perform an exam, demonstrate proper oral hygiene techniques, and discuss your child's eating, feeding, and oral habits with you.

Preventive Care

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Prevention is always better than treatment. Brush your teeth twice daily using any soft-bristled, ADA-approved tooth brush. We also recommend the use of modern electric tooth brushes such as Sonicare and Braun. Floss daily to remove plaque between teeth that you can't reach with regular brushing.

Always rinse thoroughly with water after brushing (or after meals if you are unable to brush.) You may occasionally use a mouthwash to rinse. Children may benefit from the use of ACT fluoride rinse, to help prevent cavities from forming in between the teeth.

Child's First Cleaning

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We recommend a complete dental exam, a professional cleaning, and a topical fluoride application at 2 to 3 yrs of age. During this visit we allow extra time for your child to become acquainted with our staff and to inspect our facilities. By proceeding at a reasonable pace and explaining procedures in age appropriate terminology, most fears and anxieties are eliminated.

We evaluate your child's brushing skills and correct any deficiencies. X-rays are not a routine part of our exam, and are only administered when further information is necessary to complete an accurate diagnosis.

Sealants and Fillings

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Normal pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces of back teeth can trap food that can't be removed by brushing or washed out by water or saliva. A sealant is a tough material designed to bond (stick) to tooth enamel.

Composite fillings are more than just attractive. They require minimal tooth preparation, in other words less healthy tooth structure is removed to restore the tooth. Also, a sealant can be placed over the remaining exposed grooves of the tooth to minimize the risk of decay on another area of the tooth.


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A crown (often called a cap) covers the tooth and restores it to its original shape and size. Decay is removed and cleaned from the tooth and a preformed crown is placed over the tooth. Unlike adult crowns, in which the crown is made to fit the tooth, which requires two appointments, baby crowns are placed in one visit, because the tooth is prepared to fit the crown.

Space Maintainers

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When your child prematurely loses a baby tooth, the use of a space maintainer may be used. A space maintainer - a combination of bands and wires designed to hold the remaining teeth in a position that will allow the future permanent tooth to erupt in the proper location.

Safe Sedation

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We offer several sedation dentistry options depending on your child’s needs and how much treatment is needed. Nitrous oxide is a safe, effective option for children who are apprehensive about treatment and quickly dissipates with normal breathing after the treatment completes.

Mouth Guards

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We recommend mouth guards for all our sports active patients. A mouth protector minimizes the potential for tooth fracture or loss due to traumatic injury. In addition, it can reduce the concussive effects of certain head injuries.

We provide custom-made pro-style mouth guards to all of our orthodontic patients free of charge during treatment.

Patient Comfort

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Our office was designed for infants, children and teens. Our facilities are designed to make kids feel right at home. It's a unique Jungle-themed atmosphere that helps children relax and enjoy their experience. Children deserve to experience a gentle, caring approach to their dental care.

We offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) for the slightly anxious child. An extremely safe option, nitrous oxide helps a child who is cooperative but worried about various aspects of their appointment. It helps alleviate anxiety about having instruments placed in the mouth.

Digital X-Rays

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Dental x-rays or radiographs allow the dentist to see things about your child's oral health that cannot be seen by the naked eye. These items include cysts, cancerous and non-cancerous tumors, invisible decay that occurs between teeth, and the location of teeth that haven't grown all the way in.

Modern dental x-ray machines are very safe. We use only state-of-the-art, low radiation machines. The amount of radiation exposure your child's body receives on an airplane flight from Los Angeles to New York exceeds the amount of exposure they will receive from a modern dental x-ray machine. Contrast this minimal exposure with the risk of not finding an illness until it is too late, and you can see why we prescribe regular diagnostic x‑rays.

Smile Whitening

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Tooth whitening has become a cost effective and valuable tool in the creation of a beautiful smile. However, many patients experience unnecessary sensitivity and discomfort when whitening. Dr. Mathias offers an affordable, comfortable, and customized whitening program which eliminates many of the discomforts and inconveniences associated with whitening.

Baby Root Canals

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Also known as a Pulpotomy, a root canal is required when decay has reached the nerve of a baby tooth. It can be quite painful, so we recommend this treatment to preserve the tooth so that it can fall out naturally. Unlike adult root canals, this is a very short procedure that only requires part of the tooth pulp to be removed.

Sarah Mathias, DDS

Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist

24422 Avenida de La Carlota, Suite 120
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

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New Patient Hotline: (888) 240-2903

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Office Hours
Monday-Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm

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We offer patient financing through CareCredit to help get you the care you need.

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