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. On a daily basis, parents just like you trust us to care for their children and to walk them safely through the journey of discovery that accompanies any dental office visit. Our staff is uniquely prepared to provide dental care in a way that is comfortable, safe and fun for your child. We want to help your child overcome small and big challenges in the dental setting by promoting self-confidence and encouraging curiosity and imagination. 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. I consider the education I received second-to-none, and my passion for treating children has grown through my life experiences. 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. As our world changes, I want to be current with regards to the most effective treatment options available for my 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)

Community

Interestingly (or strangely), I knew from a relatively young age that dentistry was the life for me. There are no other dentists in my family, and so my interest came about sort of indirectly. 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 in Newton in 2009 and Cedar Rapids in 2010. 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!

Dr. Waage with a young patient

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 is unparalleled and their continual support has made me a better father, husband…and even pediatric dentist! 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!