Dentistry for Children of West Essex

dentistry for west essex

412 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ, 07006



  • Dentistry-Orthodontics
  • Dentistry-Pediatric

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Left to right: Drs. Kevin Persily, Angie Yoon, Richard W. Eytel, Iva LeRoy, Elliot Nash

Practicing pediatric dentistry for more than 40 years, Dr. Richard Eytel and his team make children and teenagers feel at home in a welcoming, kid-friendly office. They pride themselves on practicing the “tell, show, do” method of dentistry.

“No matter their age, we take the time to explain treatment to our patients every step of the way—that’s what takes the fear out of dental visits,” says the father of two, who has special expertise in working with special needs patients.

A Team Approach to Dental Care

Dentistry for Children of West Essex attributes its success to its efficient, friendly and knowledgeable team. The practice is following all CDC, ADA and NJ state COVID-19 guidelines to ensure their patients’ health and safety, including appropriate PPE, remote check-in and pre-appointment health screenings.

A board-certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Eytel works alongside pediatric dentists Dr. Iva Leroy, Dr. Angie Yoon, Dr. Vivian Hwangbo and Dr. Philip Lee, orthodontist Dr. Kevin Persily and general dentist Dr. Elliot Nash.

“Some of my staff has been with me for 20 or 30 years, so we’re truly like a family,” he says. “Our dedication, talent and love for children are evident to everyone.”

A Focus on Prevention

The practice offers digital radiography to reduce radiation, and applies sealants to protect teeth from cavities. The chief of pediatric dentistry at St. Barnabas Medical Center, Dr. Eytel can provide dental treatments under general anesthesia in a hospital setting when needed. Dr. Eytel earned his DMD at UMDNJ and completed his training in pediatric dentistry at New Jersey Dental School.

“Our practice is very prevention-oriented. We’re here to help prevent dental disease—not just treat it,” he says. “Our goal is happy, healthy patients who, when leaving our office as young adults, will have a positive attitude toward dentistry for the rest of their lives.”


  • County|Essex

See what parents are saying

"Dr. LeRoy is so kind and gentle, especially with my anxious special needs daughter. She makes going to the dentist a fun experience for all of us! " ~Kathleen, Montclair

"Dr. LeRoy is the best children's dentist! Both of my girls love how sweet and patient she is. She takes her time with the kids and most importantly, she makes the kids feel safe and relaxed. I wish she could be an adult dentist, too! " ~Milagros, West Orange

"Dr. LeRoy takes exceptional care with my special needs son. We never have to remind her of the accommodations he needs at the dentist because it's in his chart and automatically done. She's very sweet, gentle and knowledgeable. " ~Jenna, Livingston

"Dr. Persily is the best orthodontist. He's so funny and nice, and his staff is the best! " ~Diann, Little Falls

"Dr. Persily is very understanding with both of my special needs children. He knows them, and has a funny and easygoing manner. " ~Jenna, Livingston

"Dr. Meeta was both personable and professional. Everyone at Dentistry of West Essex is fabulous. My twins (one with special needs) have been receiving services there since age six months. This year, it was Dr. Meeta Grewal's opportunity to service us. She connected with him right away. She provided words of praise and encouragement frequently throughout his time with her. She even pulled a loose tooth without a fuss, something I was trying to do for over a month. Definitely my favorite dentist and office. " ~Andrea, Newark

"Meeta is a phenomenal doc, as she connects with every kid, makes them comfortable and performs the checkups in a very friendly environment. She gives out a genuine advice to parents and keeps the communication line open. " ~Meenakshi, Short Hills

"Dr. Grewal is truly very detail-oriented and thorough, and has an exceptional knack for gaining her patient's trust within seconds. Therefore, kids look forward to visiting for their follow-up appointments LOVE HER! " ~Vandana, Short Hills

"She truly cares about her patients. She's knowledgeable, patient and professional. We appreciate that Dr. Meeta explains to me and my child the procedure that she's going to perform in a simple to understand and calm way, and she follows up after every visit. " ~Anjali, Short Hills

"Dr. Nash is great with the kids. Really thorough and gentle. " ~Joshua, Westfield

"Dr. Yoon was very nice and kind. She relates with the kids and talks with them about what they like. She talked with my daughter about singing and made jokes about how her husband sings! She’s very funny and down to earth. " ~Mackenzie, East Hanover

"Dr. Eytel is a phenomenal dentist, with a real knack for children. He always explains what he's going to do and what they need to do with such clarity and compassion. After a terrible experience with a previous pediatric dentist, I am so grateful to have found a talented and kind dentist, with the added bonus of being conveniently located, and in a very well run practice! " ~Kathryn, Montclair

"Dr. Eytel is exceptionally skilled, compassionate and patient. He has the extraordinary ability to treat children with special needs and put them at ease while taking care of their dental health. " ~Mindy, Short Hills

"Dr. Eytel is extremely patient, honest and knowledgeable! He really does have the magic touch with children! " ~Sherry, West Milford

"Dr. Eytel has transformed my children's experience. They actually love going. He is a unique doctor who knows exactly how to work with children and earn their love and respect. " ~Ellen, Livingston