by SHYANNE LOPEZ | photos by Jessica Breaux

Dr. Hannanvash and Her Team Offer Specialized Services Unique to Pediatric Dentistry and the San Diego Community

While their recently completed state-of-the-art office is new to the community of Carmel Valley, Little Star Pediatric Dentistry is by no means new to treating their young patients with a specialized, focused approach. The practice, which specializes in infants, toddlers, and children, originally had a small office in Solana Beach, exclusively treating patients struggling with lip and tongue restrictions. After transitioning to their new office in 92130, they are now empowered to provide comprehensive pediatric dental care. “My practice philosophy is to provide the same care for my patients that I would want my own children to receive. To me, anything less than that is unacceptable. I believe in patient and parent education.”


With a deep understanding that every child is unique, the practice tailors their treatments to the individual needs of their patients. Dr. Hannanvash and her team strive to stand out among other pediatric dental offices, not only by possessing knowledge, experience, and comfort in treating patients with all types of abilities and needs, but also providing guidance to help patients establish healthy habits for life. The skilled team maintain that being knowledgeable is a cornerstone for healthy development. After all, dental decay is entirely preventable with proper knowledge and care. “Our staff prides themselves on communicating our years of knowledge to parents and children,” Dr. Hannanvash explained.

“Our staff prides themselves on communicating our years of knowledge to parents and children.”
– Najmeh Hannanvash, D.D.S., M.S.D.

In addition to providing patients and parents with lifelong knowledge about how to maintain healthy oral hygiene habits, Little Star Pediatric Dentistry provides a wide range of comprehensive dental care. These include oral wellness examinations, cleanings, digital radiography, nutritional counseling, behavior management, the full spectrum of dental treatment, nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, IV sedation, treatment of lip and tongue ties (frenectomies), and other soft tissue laser treatments.


There is no greater match for the Little Star team when it comes to friendly, compassionate care for young patients and their families – except perhaps their own office building, which is equipped with the most up-to-date materials and advanced digital technology. With the help of their state-of-the-art equipment, Little Star personnel are able to implement materials and techniques that are scientifically substantiated while maintaining the highest standards of practice set forth by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. While the office is known for these stand out high-tech features, it also is entirely kid-friendly, bright, vibrant, and full of toys and video games to help children feel more at ease during their visit. Each room even has a television screen – and the patient can choose their own movie to watch!

Dr. Hannanvash affirmed, “We want to innovate the dental experience. We want each experience to be a positive and encouraging one, setting the tone for a lifetime of dental comfort and care.”




Business: Little Star Pediatric Dentistry
Owner: Najmeh Hannanvash, D.D.S., M.S.D.
Manager: Tanisha Godfrey, R.D.H.
Years in Position: 7 years
Year of Establishment: 3 years (new location opened in March 2017)
Address: 5550 Carmel Mountain Rd., Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92130
Phone: 619-630-4000
Description of Business: Little Star Pediatric Dentistry is an office that takes an innovative, comprehensive, and compassionate approach to providing dental care to children of all ages and abilities.