Ryan P. Shaw, DMD
David W. Selvig, DDS
Certified Pediatric Dental Specialists
1600 Pacific Avenue - Natrona Heights, PA 15065 map
609 Epsilon Drive - RIDC PARK - Fox Chapel, PA 15238 map
Seeing our patients smile is the best part of our day.
The joys of childhood include fun visits to our office.
We treat each child individually.
We strive for on-time appointments to get back to class fast.
Our team can’t wait to see you in one of our offices soon.
Welcome to Our Office
Your First Visit to Pediatric Dentistry of Pittsburgh
Ryan Shaw was born and grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, spending his high school years in Hays, Kansas. While attending Duquesne University during his undergraduate studies, Dr. Shaw met his wife, Rachael and fell in love with Pittsburgh. Dr. Shaw earned his dental degree at the University of Pennsylvania. After his doctorate, he came back to Pittsburgh for a two-year Pediatric Dental Residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh to become a certified Pediatric Dental Specialist. Dr. Shaw maintains hospital privileges at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
After his formal education and residencies, Dr. Shaw spent 6 years in private practice in the Pittsburgh area while achieving Board Certification by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He maintains his dental education through his affiliations with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Shaw is an advocate of advancing his knowledge in the various aspects of the specialty and has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education to stay current in the field.
Dr. Shaw joined Dr. Selvig’s practice in 2015 and is thrilled to be able to stay in Pittsburgh and raise his family with Rachael. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Together with their children Jake and Tessa, The Shaw's enjoy vacationing, dining out, walking, and taking in all that Pittsburgh has to offer as a family. Dr. Shaw's personal interest include golfing, playing guitar, and all things Pittsburgh sports.
Dr. David Selvig founded the practice has been providing pediatric dental care for his young patients since 1979. He attended West Virginia University, where he received his undergraduate and dental degrees. Dr. Selvig completed a Residency and Internship program in Pediatric Dentistry at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Committed to continuing education, he maintains memberships with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Pennsylvania Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He and his wife, Janet, have three grown children.
We are especially interested in making all our patients feel right at home! We put your needs first to achieve efficient and comprehensive treatment. Our staff is trained and skilled, and we strive to provide energetic and fun-loving service to each patient.
Our office staff has years of experience in treating patients with the highest level of care. We strive to stay abreast of the very latest in technology and advances by regularly attending continuing education courses and seminars.
Our team members enjoy working with children and it shows.
We are available
Monday and Tuesday 7:30 to 5:00
Wednesday 9:30 to 7:00
Thursday 7:30 to 4:00
Friday by appointment only
Our doctor on call can be reached at anytime for after hour emergencies.
Your scheduled appointment time has been reserved specifically for you.
We request 24-hours notice if you need to cancel your appointment.
Our office is committed to helping you maximize your insurance benefits. Because insurance policies vary, we can only estimate your coverage in good faith but cannot guarantee coverage due to the complexities of insurance contracts. Your estimated patient portion must be paid at the time of service. If you have any questions, our courteous staff is always available to answer them.
Your treatment plan will include a breakdown of all applicable fees, and we will inform you of all costs before treatment is administered. Charges are payable at the time of treatment.
We accept payments by cash, checks, and all major credit cards. Please ask a member of our staff, and we will review our payment options to accommodate your financial needs. If special arrangements are needed, please talk to our office manager prior to receiving service.
Although we participate with most major dental insurances, it is difficult to participate in all insurances. We welcome you to our office even If we are out of network with your insurance. With many out of network plans, there is often little or no difference in the out of pocket expense going out of network with our office. We are happy to discuss all of these options with you.
During your first visit to our office we want to take the time to get acquainted and gather information.
This includes a thorough examination and possibly taking x-rays we feel may be required to make a
complete diagnosis. At this time we will also discuss with you the nature of any necessary dental care.
We have ways of explaining procedures to children, being honest and presenting it in a manner that will not frighten them. If your child asks, “will it hurt?” We feel it is wise to say that Dr. Shaw and Dr. Selvig are your friends and will be very gentle with you. Avoid phrases such as “it won’t hurt” and “that wasn’t so bad.”
We want your child to have positive memories of going to our office.
Please print and fill out our new patient forms. Bring them with you at first appointment, Thank You.
Choose a Pediatric Dental Specialist for your Child
Pediatric Dentistry is the dental specialty recognized by the American Dental Association which encompasses comprehensive dental care for all children, from infancy through adolescence.
A children’s dental specialist like Dr. Shaw is a practitioner who, after becoming a general dentist (often called a family dentist), has completed an additional two years of post-doctoral training in the recognition and treatment of children’s dental services. Specialty education includes child psychology, behavior guidance, preventive techniques, restorative dentistry, orthodontics, sedation dentistry, and the treatment of children with special needs. Both of our doctors are certified pediatric dental specialists.
A thorough exam will be done to evaluate the health of your child’s teeth, gums and mouth. One of our doctors will evaluate your child’s growth and development and check to make sure your child’s oral development is on track. Our office will make child-specific recommendations for the need of sealants, fluoride and other services based on your child’s individual needs and habits.
We strive to make each visit fun, educational and memorable for you & your child!
Children's Dental Topics:
The American Association for Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic evaluation by the
age of 7. Early detection and treatment gives your child the edge - a much better chance for natural and normal development. One advantage of having Dr. Shaw and Dr. Selvig for your child’s dental home is that we monitor their growth & development on a regular basis. Our parents truly appreciate having orthodontic treatment done in our office. This allows them to coordinate cleaning and check-up appointments with orthodontic appointments.
By working with the natural growth instead of against it, we can prevent problems from becoming worse, and give your child or teen a lifetime of healthy smiles! Studies have shown that people who have straight teeth are more likely to smile more. This leads to a greater self esteem which may lead to a more fulfilling life.
Orthodontics for Children & Teens
We appreciated what’s been said about our office!
Dr. Shaw was recommended to us by friends after we moved to the area. We needed to get our children in relatively quickly, due to the requirements of the school district. Dr. Shaw was able to get us scheduled, seen and treated in a timely manner. We appreciated his professionalism and honesty with us regarding our childrens' dental needs and would happily recommend him to other friends and family.
Dr. Ryan Shaw has been our family’s pediatric dentist for eight years. I am continually impressed by his knowledge of dentistry and his overall understanding of children. Dr. Shaw is kind, compassionate, and talented. My son was nervous about having a crown put on his tooth. Dr. Shaw and his staff talked my son through the procedure and showed him the instruments and tools they would be using. My son was smiling and relaxed by the time Dr. Shaw began the procedure. Because of his extensive experience, Dr. Shaw was able to complete the procedure quickly and thoroughly. We are very grateful to have Dr. Shaw as our family dentist. I highly recommend Dr. Shaw and his staff to any family in search of a pediatric dentist. Although we have moved out of the area, we continue to drive to Dr. Shaw’s office because of the extraordinary level of quality care we receive. Thank you, Dr. Shaw! !
I took my son to see Dr. Shaw recently for his first checkup at 2 years old. My son and I were both nervous for this new milestone but Dr. Shaw and his staff made the process an easy one. The entire experience was calm and comforting and my son was able to relax and learn that the dentist isn't a scary place after all! Thanks to Dr. shaw and his staff I believe my son will continue to learn that dental hygiene is important and that the dentist is a necessary (and not scary!) place to be. This practice clearly places an emphasis on prevention of problems and educating parents and patients on how to maintain a healthy smile.
Dr. Shaw is the perfect Dentist for little ones. He is gentle, kind, and understanding and was a blessing to my wife and I and to our family! His team is also "first rate". Bravo and well done!
Ways to Request a Pediatric Dental Visit
Stop by one of our Pittsburgh offices
1600 Pacific Avenue - Natrona Heights, PA 15065
609 Epsilon Drive - RIDC PARK - Fox Chapel, PA 15238
Looking forward to your next visit!