Dr. Cyrous Sheikh enjoys working with children and adolescents, and has done so for more than 20 years.
Dr. Sheikh received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1992 and his Master’s degree in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Minnesota in 1994. He practiced as an associate in different offices in Minnesota before relocating to San Diego. In 2000, he opened his own practice in Carlsbad.
But it isn’t like a medical career was completely out of character for Dr. Sheikh. His dad is a retired pediatrician and the good doctor says his father’s focus on his patients has influenced the way he practices dentistry:
“I have always aspired to the ‘old school’ approach that the primary goal of being a pediatric dentist is providing care to kids. As a child, I remember my father answering the emergency calls at odd hours and that dedication is second nature for me. We need to be there for the kids.”
To that end, Dr. Sheikh has worked at Rady Children’s Hospital and, like his dad did so many years ago, shows up at odd hours to help patients with extreme dental emergencies.
In addition, Dr. Sheikh has taught other dental students the skills they need to be successful on the job, and he says being an instructor has given him an edge.
“As a lot of instructors can attest, residents make you stay sharp and the learning process works both ways – we discover answers together many times,” he said, adding that when he was teaching, he always kept a hand in “real-world dentistry.”
San Diego County is a huge metropolitan area, but Dr. Sheikh still ascribes to the ideals of the small town dentist who puts patients first. The reason is simple: “Working with kids is the highlight of my job,” he said. “Kids are fun and simple and seeing them grow is amazing.”
When away from the office, Dr. Sheikh enjoys spending time with his family in Encinitas. His weekends are filled with volley ball tournaments for his daughter and flag football for his son. He enjoys the outdoors, some of his hobbies include photography, hiking at Torrey Pines State Park, as well as fishing and camping with his children.