Dental Specialties

Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Gajanan Kulkarni is presently a Professor of Dentistry at the University of Toronto. He first obtained his M.Sc. degree and followed that with a specialty diploma in Pediatric Dentistry and a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Toronto. He is presently a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. His duties as a full-time academic include teaching of undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate dental students. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Kulkarni is actively involved in research. He has published numerous papers in the fields of clinical and basic dental research. Along with his academic career, Dr. Kulkarni passionately enjoys working as a Pediatric Dentist tending mainly to children with special needs. Dr. Kulkarni strongly advocates early and regular visits for the prevention of dental disease and for the optimal growth and development of the jaws and dentition. As a child specialist, Dr. Kulkarni provides the full range of dental treatment for children starting as early as six months of age right into adolescence and including braces. He is trained in providing care for children using various forms of sedation, including Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas), and working with a certified anaesthesiologist, can provide comprehensive treatment for children while they are asleep. Dr. Kulkarni is an avid photographer, world traveller and outdoorsman, enjoying both summer and winter sports with his family.

Services & Treatments

  • Oral care of infants
  • Treatment of children 0 – 16 years
  • Oral care of children with special needs
  • Treatment of anxious children
  • Laughing gas & oral sedation
  • Correction of bites
  • Emergency treatments
  • Hospital referrals

Current Academic / Hospital Appointments

  • Tenured Associate Professor – Pediatric Dentistry and Cariology, University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry
  • Consultant – Hospital for Sick Children Education
  • 1983 – B.D.S. (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) University of Bombay.
  • 1986 – LL.B. (Bachelor of Laws) University of Poona.
  • 1989 – M.Sc. – (Master of Science) University of Toronto.
  • 1992 – Diploma in Pediatric Dentistry University of Toronto.
  • 1996 – Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy University of Toronto.
  • 2000 – F.R.C.D.(C). Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.
  • 2008 – Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

Our doctors are pleased to offer multiple levels of sedation dependent on the patient’s procedure and anxiety level.

  • Local anesthesia is the numbing medication injected into the area of the mouth to be treated. This type of anesthesia blocks the sensation of pain during the procedure.
    Conscious sedation is typically achieved by taking an oral medication, along with an anti-anxiety pill, shortly before the procedure. The medication will make you drowsy and, if given in larger doses, may cause you to fall asleep during the procedure. You'll need a ride to and from the dental office when taking this type of medication.
  • Nitrous oxide or "laughing gas" is a controlled mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen that you breathe through a mask placed over your nose. This allows you to feel relaxed and less nervous about the treatment. The effects of the gas wear off quickly, allowing you to safely drive home after the procedure. Oral medication and the nitrous oxide are frequently used together, in which case you will not be able to drive yourself.
  • Twilight or Intravenous (IV) sedation is administered by taking medication orally or through a vein. IV sedation works quickly, and although you are conscious and capable of responding to your dentist's visual signals, you won't remember much about your appointment. Because Intravenous sedation does not provide pain relief, it is used in combination with local anesthesia. You'll be groggy and need a ride home after the appointment.
  • General anesthesia is a combination of oral and IV medications that sedate you to a level where you are placed in a level of unconsciousness. Those who are heavily sedated may reach stages of complete unconsciousness. The best part is, once you're fully awake, you won't remember anything about the procedure.