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Pediatric Dentistry

Why a Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist?

Pediatric dentists complete 2 or 3 years of additional specialized training (after the required four years of dental school) to prepare them for treating a wide variety of children's dental problems.


Pediatric Dentists are also trained and qualified to care for patients with medical, physical or mental disabilities. Unlike a general dentist or a Children's Dentist, pediatric dentist have extensive experience in sedation dentistry (treating your child when he/she is minimally sedated or completely sleeping).

At Silicon Valley Pediatric Dentistry, all of our Pediatric Dentists have gone through rigorous academic and clinical training in all aspects of pediatric dentistry. All doctors are well-versed in pediatric general anesthesia training and pediatric dental medicine.


A doctor can only call himself/herself a "Pediatric Dentist" if they graduated from an accredited Pediatric Dental Residency.

A "Children's Dentist" is not the same as a "Pediatric Dentist". "Children's Dentists" are self-proclaimed general dentists that have not completed advanced specialized training after dental school to deal with the unique needs of children.  "Children's Dentists" are general dentists that limit their practice to seeing children. 

Drs. Sona Gill, Nancy Li, Raj Lotwala, and Scot Ngai are a Board-Certified Diplomats. They received the highest honor bestowed by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Recipients of this designation are carefully chosen. In fact, only 38% of pediatric dentists receive this recognition.


When you choose a board-certified pediatric dentist, you can have confidence that your child is receiving highest-quality care.

  • What age should I bring my child to the dentist?
    The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends establishing a dental home by the age of 1 or no later than 6 months from when the first tooth erupts. Establishing a dental home early will allow you and your child to learn best practices before bad habits are formed. A dental home is also very important in case you have a dental emergency. Parents should know a pediatric dentist that they trust and can rely on when there is a pediatric emergency. Feel free to bring your child to our office for an office tour or to play in our play-yard before their first visit so they can get more comfortable before their actual visit.
  • Do you allow parents in the treatment rooms?
    Of course we do!!! We want to make your child feel at ease and as comfortable as possible. At SVPDO, we will not perform any treatment that you are uncomfortable with.
  • Do you offer sedation dentistry?
    Yes we do! Please click here to find out more about Nitrous Oxide Sedation (laughing gas) and IV General Anesthesia.
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