- Dr. Nanna Ariaban Board Certified Pediatric Dental Specialist
After a happy childhood in the suburbs of Washington, DC, Dr. Nanna Ariaban excelled at the University of Maryland, earning a bachelor’s of science in neurobiology and physiology. Next, she served in a civilan capacity at the Naval Hospital Research Facility, working on how to prevent lethal combat injuries. Her success was measured by the hundreds of lives that were saved in combat when the military implemented her research.
During the same time as she was conducting research with the Navy, she discovered her love for pediatric dentistry through a job shadowing arrangement. Helping children is where her true passion lies.
Dr. Nanna, as her patients call her, chose the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. It is one of only three universities at that level with a dental school. Her passion to help children shined through in her participation with the annual Special Olympics of Philadelphia and her internship at the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic, which is world-renowned for the help it brings to children.
Once she had earned her doctorate of dental medicine, Dr. Nanna continued her education at the University of Illinois-Chicago to become a board-certified pediatric dentist in Alpharetta, Georgia. She was specially trained to serve the dental needs of children of all ages, from infant though young adult, and also is trained to help those with physical and mental disabilities.
Her pediatric dentistry training was enhanced with instruction on special communication techniques to both distract and manage the behavior of her young clients. She is also able to administer oral sedation at her office or, when necessary, complete dental treatment at a hospital. Her research interest is the relationship between oral health literacy and oral health knowledge. This research earned her a master of science degree in oral sciences. She was privileged to present her research at the 2010 American Academic of Pediatric Dentistry’s annual Chicago meeting.
Dr. Nanna is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Georgia Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Dental Association. She makes her home in Fulton County with her husband and enjoys spending her spare time cooking, reading, working out and creating and browsing Pinterest boards!