SOURCE: 1st In Smiles

1st in Smiles Plano Dental Office

April 29, 2016 12:30 ET

Plano Dentist Participates in Auction to Benefit Autism Program

PLANO, TEXAS --(Marketwired - April 29, 2016) - A Plano dental office is donating services to support an institution that brings technical training and employment opportunities to people with autism.

1st in Smiles, operated by Dr. Rick Barfield, donated in-office whitening treatments as part of a silent auction and gala held on April 16 to benefit the nonPareil Institute. The institute has a location on the Southern Methodist University north campus in Plano.

"This was a great opportunity for us to get involved and make a difference in the community," Dr. Barfield said. "I work closely with dental patients who have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum, so the nonPareil Institute is close to my heart."

The nonPareil Institute is a nonprofit technology company that offers housing and employment opportunities to people on the autism spectrum. The company trains workers to develop digital products like applications and games.

The institute opened its first operation in Plano in September 2010. The program started with eight students and then grew to more than 50 students in about eight months. There are now 180 active members. The company has produced more than eight applications for mobile devices in the iTunes store.

"The nonPareil Institute is quickly making a difference in our community, and we're overjoyed to help their effort of changing the lives of those diagnosed with autism," Dr. Barfield said.

1st In Smiles, 1300 Village Creek Dr., is a comprehensive dental practice that offers preventive care, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, sedation dentistry, orthodontics, endodontics and implant dentistry.

1st In Smiles offers free exams and digital X-rays for new patients, as well as Sonicare electric toothbrushes. The practice also provides free second opinions and price matching and renders free nitrous oxide for anxious or fearful patients.

The Plano family dental office provides services such as root canals, dental implants and Invisalign that typical general family practices do not. By offering all dental services under one roof, 1st In Smiles can keep all treatment in-house and cut down on patients' appointment times and overall visits.

In addition to offering nitrous oxide, 1st In Smiles is certified to render safe and comfortable oral conscious sedation, which is prescribed in pill form. This type of sedation can help patients who are fearful of the dentist -- or those who need extensive dental work. Using oral conscious sedation, Dr. Barfield can complete full-mouth restorations in one relaxing visit.

For more information about 1st In Smiles' cosmetic dentistry or teeth-whitening solutions, call the office at 972-905-9266 or visit the website www.1stinsmiles.com.

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