Pediatric Dentistry

 of Pittsburgh

724-224-0790

1600 Pacific Avenue - Natrona Heights, PA 15065  map

609 Epsilon Drive - RIDC PARK - Fox Chapel, PA 15238 map

Ryan P. Shaw, DMD  •  David W. Selvig, DDS

Certified Pediatric Dental Specialists

Nandita Pearce DMD, MS, MSD

Orthodontist

Dr. Jeff Borandi

Board-Certified Dentist Anesthesiologist

 

I had the opportunity to learn the art and science of anesthesia during my dental training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. Fear of the dentist is pervasive in this society, and there’s a shortage of professionals who have the appropriate skill set to treat these anxious patients, particularly children.

 

I was drawn to the immediate impact that the dentist anesthesiologist can have in the lives of both the patient and the treating dentist. Before I knew it, I graduated from a three-year dental anesthesiology residency program.

 

Since then, I have been fortunate enough to carve out a niche within the pediatric dental community using cutting-edge techniques for outpatient, office-based anesthesia. Through my faculty appointment at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine’s Department of Anesthesiology, I am blessed to be able to teach this skill set to future generations while staying current with emerging treatment modalities.

 

I am Board-Certified by the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology and belong to the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists as well as the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology.

 

If your child needs I.V. sedation for treatment, it will be done by me or one of my associates at Pediatric Dentistry of Pittsburgh.

 

Nitrous Oxide

Some children are given a combination of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oxygen to relax them for their dental treatment.  This blend of two gases is given through a small breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose, allowing them to relax without putting them to sleep. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective technique for treating children’s dental needs. The gas is mild, easily taken, and it is quickly eliminated from the body and it is non-addictive. While inhaling nitrous oxide/oxygen, your child remains fully conscious and maintains all of their natural reflexes.

 

I.V. Sedation

I.V. Sedation is recommended for children who cannot undergo dental treatment in a traditional environment or simply with nitrous oxide.  Often these patients are very apprehensive, too young to tolerate treatment, have too much work to realistically expect for a child to tolerate, or children with special needs.  Dr. Shaw performs the dental treatment in our office with the child anesthetized under I.V. sedation, which is administered and monitored by Dr. Borandi or one of his associates.