Meet Dr. Zaida L. Nieves

PEDIATRIC DENTIST – BOARD CANDIDATE

Dr. Zaida L. Nieves is part of a medical family as both her father and mother were Doctors in Medicine. She is the youngest of four sisters and was raised in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico.

Her passion for dentistry was evident at a young age when she would shadow her mother at her job and showed intense interest in health and serving the community. Her sister Carmen became her inspiration for pediatric and special needs patients.  Her dream to become a dentist became a reality when she achieved the title of Doctor in Dental Medicine after attending Dental School in the Dominican Republic at Universidad Central del Este and becoming the first dentist in her family.  

She then completed her Specialty in Pediatric Dentistry at the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Puerto Rico at the Medical Sciences Campus a very competitive residency program at the only Dental School in the island of Puerto Rico. The Pediatric Dentistry Program is accredited by the Council of Dental Education of the Commonwealth and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.  The Pediatric Dentistry Program at University of Puerto Rico, School of Dental Medicine is fully accredited since 1970.

Dr. Nieves- Lopez During her first year of residency, she was selected to become the Chief Resident for her outstanding performance, her devotion to public health and dedication to her patients and the pediatric dentistry program.  During her years as a resident she authored and presented posters of clinical cases at the Annual Pediatric Dental Academy (AAPD) and the Annual American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). 

Dr. Nieves also regularly participated in outreach missionary trips throughout the island of Puerto Rico after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.  She has also provided pediatric dental care to the less fortunate in the Dominican Republic by volunteering with the Hope and Help Foundation with the University of Florida.  Dr. Nieves- Lopez is also actively involved in advocating for special needs pediatric patients.   

Dr. Nieves moved to San Antonio to be closer to her family and serve the San Antonio pediatric dental community with the highest standards of care and to continue her commitment to providing outstanding dental care for pediatric patients.  Dr. Nieves is married, her husband is a solider in the U.S. Army who also shares the same passion to serve. During her free time, she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family.

ATTN: Families of Kids World Pediatric Dentistry

Dear Families of Kids World Pediatric Dentistry,

We hope you are all well and in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the Texas State Dental Board, American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agency recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff from the current COVID-19 crisis. The process to check in will for now be different than the previous “normal”

        Before your appointment fill our screening questionnaire and any required forms from our website, this will reduce paperwork at the office. You will be asked those same questions again when you arrive at the office in case anything has changed. The patient’s temperature will be taken upon arrival. Please understand that if required we might have to reschedule your visit.

        Check in by phone when you park your car. You will receive a text to enter the office.

        Please bring only the patient that is being seen and one adult.

        We will guide you to either a seating area assigned with a letter or straight to the treatment room.

        Mandatory:  Please wear mask.

        Please maintain social distancing.

        Only patients in treatment areas when possible, this reduces effects of any aerosols.

        We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

        Our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, books, toys, ipads and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

        Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

        We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 210 787 1200 or visit our website at kidsworldpediatricdental.com

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to seeing you and your smiles.

Sincerely,

Kids World Pediatric Dentistry Team

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