Ocean Pediatric Dental Associates

102 East Bay Ave., Manahawkin, NJ, 8050




  • Dentistry-Orthodontics
  • Dentistry-Pediatric

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Ocean Pediatric Dental Associates

Heather Albert, DMD; Miriam T. Furlong, DMD; Raha Ghafurian, DMD; Akriti Gupta, DMD; Victoria Roeder, DDS; Matthew Sones, DMD; Elisa Velazquez, DMD

Pediatric Dentistry / Orthodontics

Left to right: Drs. Akriti Gupta, Victoria Roeder, Heather Albert, Elisa Velazquez, Raha Ghafurian, Matthew Sones

The board-certified pediatric dentists of Ocean Pediatric Dental Associates provide quality pediatric and orthodontic care for infants and children. They offer a variety of modalities to optimize safety and improve the patient experience, including in-office sedation and hospital dentistry as needed.

Fun and Exciting Dental Visits

“Dental visits for children can often be stressful. We pride ourselves on making dental visits exciting and fun to lower dental anxiety and fear—it’s the most rewarding part of what we do,” says Dr. Elisa Velazquez, president of the New Jersey Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

The dentists take a team approach and work together to improve the dental lives of their patients. The friendly, empathetic practitioners are highly skilled in all areas of pediatric dental and orthodontic care. “We love being able to live, work and play in the community along with our patients and their families,” Dr. Velazquez says.

High-Tech, Kid-Friendly Offices

The child-friendly practice exclusively uses digital radiography to reduce radiation exposure, as well as digital scanning and a soft tissue laser to perform frenectomies. The orthodontists offer traditional braces as well as Invisalign. “Our offices are very kid-friendly, which you’ll notice as soon as you walk through the door,” she says.

The dentists constantly pursue continuing education to broaden their knowledge of child development to enhance their skills in all of the latest pediatric dental, orthodontic and sedation techniques.

“Kids are so much fun! We love having the opportunity to help improve the dental health of a child…which can lead to a great, healthy smile into adulthood,” Dr. Velazquez says.



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See what parents are saying

"Dr. Elisa was amazing and incredibly calming with my son after a couple not so great experiences with another office. She took time to explain and break down why we were having specific issues and we left our appointment feeling great with no tears. " K.G., Belmar

"Dr. Velazquez and her team have been amazing with my daughter. She has special needs and for a long time we could not find a dentist who could help her since becomes extremely anxious and upset with anyone touching her, let alone examine her. Dr Velasquez’s team has patience, compassion and the right strategies to help my daughter to better health. We can’t thank her enough. " C.M., Toms River

"Dr. Albert is great with the kids! " D.S., Jackson

"Dr. Raha is honest, trustworthy, caring and loving to all of her patients. " D.B., Beachwood

"Dr. Gupta is super friendly and gentle! She is great with my daughter who is always anxious at the dentist. She is the best! " V.L., Point Pleasant Beach

"Dr. Matt is caring, gentle, and extremely skilled. He puts both my son and me at ease and makes us feel like dental visits are a FUN experience! We love visiting every 6 months. I only wish I could be seen by him too! " M.M., Ocean