At two locations, experienced dentists Steven H. Poulos and Sid Stevens revive smiles with veneers, implants, and orthodontia. Sedation dentistry relaxes anxious patients as the doctors restore teeth to their shipshape selves, and those opting for a full day of treatments are lavished in massage and aromatherapy. In addition to whitening, straightening, replacing, and analyzing the dreams of teeth, Poulos and Stevens craft dentures and custom antisnoring devices. Though they specialize in cosmetic dentistry, their expertise also extends to disease treatment.
Dental anxieties evaporate at Scottsdale Dental Arts, thanks not only to the spa-like treatment rooms, but also to Dr. Jason McCargar and his friendly staff. Clients can kick back with a beverage and a soft blanket atop a memory-foam dental chair, as the staff hands out warm, lemon-scented towels. From there, soothing music that streams from the office iPod—and perhaps a few jokes chucked by Dr. McCargar himself—keep them at ease during appointments, be it a biannual cleaning or fitting for veneers. The team can also help extra-anxious patients by bestowing them with light sedatives and paper bibs embroidered with peaceful mantras.
Scheduling a dental exam after years without seeing a dentist can seem intimidating. That's why Dr. Brannon Reed promises to treat all new patients with extra TLC and never to begin with anxiety-inducing lectures. After passing the reception area's colorful metallic artwork and desk made of stone and marble, patients relax in treatment rooms that look out across the fairways of a golf course. As Dr. Reed and his staff provide cosmetic and general treatments—using only mercury-free fillings when needed—they can also entertain themselves with movies or watch as private jets descend toward the nearby airpark, skywriting reminders to floss daily.
Dr. Diana Batoon—the wizard behind the curtain at Bonita Dental— refurbishes smiles using her expertise in dental-implant restoration, TMJ, and full-mouth rehabilitation. She also performs cosmetic treatments that get people smiling again, including brightening teeth with Invisalign treatments and hiding unsightly chips and major stains with porcelain veneers. When she is not in the office, Dr. Batoon takes her expertise to the streets by spreading the importance of good oral health during seminars and particularly long elevator rides.
Just Smiles’ Dr. Stephen Resnick is always on call. When Just Smiles is closed, the Tufts University grad has all incoming calls kicked to his cell phone, demonstrating that from the moment patients walk through the door to even after they leave, Dr. Resnick and his staff put them first.
In the office, new patients begin their dental journey not by slinking into an exam chair, but rather by taking a tour of the multifaceted facility. Within consultation rooms, the doctor maps out treatment plans for cosmetic treatments such as Invisalign, veneers, lumineers, bridges, and crowns—all of which come with a limited lifetime warranty and a memory book filled with someone else’s baby teeth. Individual audio and video systems outfit the treatment rooms, distracting patients as the doctor fiddles with crowns or performs standard checkups. After each dental procedure, clients can relax in the designated recovery rooms before heading home and awaiting a checkup call from the friendly staff within 24 hours.
There are several reasons why Dr. Samandari's patients at A Reason to Smile have no fear of metal dental tools. One is that he communicates openly and amiably with each guest, ensuring that they have a total understanding of what will happen during their visit. Another is that he offers conscious sedation for those who suffer from dentistry-related phobias. Perhaps the most relevant reason, however, is that the staff avoids using metal tools whenever possible—they can gently clean teeth with pressurized water instead.
The office's combination of friendliness and careful service results in smiles that are both healthy and genuine. The team administers medical and cosmetic treatments alike, from placing crowns to whitening teeth. They also specialize in tooth-colored fillings, which are less noticeable than metal fillings and far less likely to become magnetized and stick your head to the fridge. Beyond basic dentistry, Dr. Samandari has assembled certifications in Invisalign, implants, and oral surgery; he has also traveled to donate his services to patients in need in other countries, and regularly helps make care affordable for those who need it at home.