Meet Dr. Nick Waage

Dr. Nicholas Waage, Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist in Waukee, IA

I feel truly blessed to be able to practice children’s dentistry. I am excited to welcome you and your children to Walnut Hills Pediatric Dentistry. As a parent to three small children, I understand how difficult it is to trust someone else with your child’s well-being. The doctor and staff at Walnut Hills are committed to a philosophy of compassion, education and communication. Our staff is uniquely prepared to provide dental care in a way that is comfortable, safe and fun for your child. Our goal is to help your children overcome big and small challenges, promote self-confidence and encourage their curiosity and imagination as they navigate these new experiences. We hope that these small victories will last a lifetime! We are committed to starting a positive relationship with our patients that begins the moment they walk through our door. I look forward to hearing about all of their adventures, and listening to the things that makes each one of them unique!

Commitment to Education

I grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa and attended Valley High School in West Des Moines. I pursued my undergraduate training at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I was accepted into the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and would receive my D.D.S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree after four years of training. During dental school, I had a knack for treating children and wanted to pursue additional education in that area. I was accepted into the residency program at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. After two years of intensive training, I received my specialty degree in pediatric dentistry. The strong educational background I received has instilled in me a desire for lifelong learning. I believe that research and continuing education is critical for the progression of our field. In 2009, I had my first research manuscript published in the May/June 2009 issue of Journal of Pediatric Dentistry. I was invited to present my research at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Annual Session in Washington, D.C. We make it a strong priority to stay current with regards to the most effective treatment options available for our patients and their families.

I have been practicing pediatric dentistry and serving the Des Moines area since 2008. During this time I have earned and maintained certifications from various professional organizations in my field including:

  • Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Certified Specialist in Pediatric Dentistry by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD)
  • Member in good standing with
    • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD)
    • American Dental Association (ADA)
    • American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD)
    • Iowa Dental Association (IDA)
    • Des Moines District Dental Society (DMDDS)
  • Staff privileges at Mercy Hospital and Lakeview Surgery Center
  • Certified in Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (BLS and ACLS)


Interestingly (or strangely), I knew from a relatively young age that dentistry was the life for me. I was always interested in the smallest of details, and I liked working with my hands, but I think I got my real spark when I received an invitation to be part of a mission trip to South America during my first year of college. A group of dentists and doctors from the community were heading to Venezuela to head-up a week-long healthcare clinic and my dentist at the time suggested I come along and observe. Part of a medical and dental team, I had the unique opportunity to watch and learn from some pretty great people! I would ultimately get to be a part of a similar trip to Costa Rica years later. These trips have had an amazing impact on my life; I would love to participate in these trips on a yearly basis! On the more local level, I’ve been involved with the Iowa Mission of Mercy and Give Kids a Smile Day. I enjoy doing classroom presentations for all ages, and speaking at health fairs, church events and community groups about the benefits of good oral health. Long story short (too late), I like to be involved locally and beyond. Let us know of any opportunities that may exist in the community, we’d love to be a part!

Family, Family, Family!

I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful family. My wife, Dani, and my three children, Raegan, Presley, and Miles are what keep me going day-in and day-out. The excitement they bring to my life and their continual support has allowed me to continue to do what I love every day. I am grateful for my Iowa upbringing and am excited to be able to contribute to the surrounding communities of the very town I grew up in. Since those early days, I’ve lived all over the map from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to the Atlantic Coast of Connecticut…and a few great places in between. Despite all that adventure, it was a pretty easy decision when it came time to settle down and declare a home. I’m just an “Iowa Boy” at heart and I believe I ultimately just found my way back to the place where I feel most “at home”! We love being from Iowa, we love the people and the sense of community that just can’t be found anywhere else!

I am truly looking forward to meeting you and your children, and helping your little ones find a place that they can grow and develop good oral health habits that will last a lifetime!