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Walnut Hills Pediatric Dentistry

Trust your little ones to us!

Choosing your children's dentist is an important decision but can also be fun. Walnut Hills Pediatric Dentistry was created to be a fun, friendly, non-threatening environment for your child. Here’s just some of the ways we’ve made our mark…

A fun atmosphere

Our Barnyard theme is sure to capture your child’s attention. We have a barnyard play area, complete with a silo slide, game room and even 3-dimensional farm animals on the walls. The farm adventure is woven throughout the office so your child’s barnyard adventure begins when they walk through the doors until its time to “mosey on”. We also have flatscreen TV monitors placed above every chair in the treatment areas. The children love watching their favorite shows while receiving their dental treatment. Check out our game room before and after your visits; your child can explore our barnyard play area or test their skills on our “Touch 2 Play” video game console, complete with over 72 games for every age group!

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Cool Prizes

"Yipee, I’m Cavity Free Club" ALL children will receive a gold token to redeem for a prize at the completion of their visit. However, we think children who take extra special care of their teeth should be rewarded. After a "cavity free" checkup our patients get a coupon to one of several local establishments including:

  • The Pizza Ranch
  • Monkey Joes
  • Dairy Queen
  • Warrior lanes

A little something for parents

Make sure you stop and check out our very popular and specially designed parent area we call the "Second-Wind Farm." We understand and accommodate the unique needs of our patients, and we feel parents deserve the same treatment! For those parents who feel their child may have a better experience without their direct presence, we have provided a parents lounge to help make your waiting experience close, comfortable and care-free. Our lounge is in very close proximity to the treatment area, you will never have to wonder how your child’s appointment is going as the room looks out into our open treatment area. Enjoy a magazine, a cup of coffee and some comfy seating within earshot of your precious little ones. This arrangement allows the children a certain sense of independence as they explore this new world of dentistry, and parents get a much-deserved chance to relax!

Individualized Care

Dr. Waage does not believe in the “one size fits all” model of health care. He feels that each child is different, thus the recommendations may be different for each patient, even if they are the same age.

Education, education, education

We place a strong emphasis on educating patients and parents early with the tools they will need to be able to minimize invasive treatment later and essentially take control of their "oral destiny"!

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Our office places a high priority on educating our community as well as our patients, and as a result we enjoy participating in dental health education and services in our surrounding communities. Dr. Waage has lots of experience giving fun, interactive and informative presentations to all kinds of groups in all kinds of settings. We are available to speak at schools, churches, community groups, etc. Just give us a call!

The Finest Care

Dr. Waage is a Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist, which means he’s been through extensive training to be able to provide the very best care for your little ones. A pediatric dentist certified by ABPD is also known as a Diplomate of American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

What does it mean to be certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry?

Not all pediatric dentists are certified by American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD). The ABPD certifies pediatric dentists based on standards of excellence that lead to high quality oral health care for infants, children, adolescents, and patients with special health care needs. Certification by the ABPD provides assurance to the public that a pediatric dentist has successfully completed accredited training and a voluntary 2-part examination process designed to continually validate the knowledge, skills, and experience requisite to the delivery of quality patient care.

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The BEST Dental Team

Dr. Waage has handpicked his dental team based on their outstanding credentials as well as their shared enthusiasm for creating a fun environment for children to experience dentistry. Each staff member is passionate about providing a positive dental experience for your child. From the moment your child enters our office, we promote a sense of excitement and exploration. From the layout of the office to the friendly greetings that accompany every contact with one of our staff members, the office is truly designed with kids in mind!