High ceilings and delicately blooming orchids greet guests as they step into La Jolla Dental Group's elegant, refreshing atmosphere. This focus on comfort extends to the waiting lounge where coffee and internet-enabled computers make themselves available to guests waiting for their appointment. Once inside the exam rooms, visitors nestle into chairs and peer out through floor-to-ceiling windows onto a flower-filled garden. During appointments, Dr. Mehrack Kajian and her staff confer with guests, answering questions and putting their charges at ease before commencing treatments with the latest dental technology, including an onsite lab that speeds up more in-depth procedures.
Siam Touch's licensed massage therapist, Samak Suiseeya, animates traditional Thai massage techniques gleaned from more than 500 hours of training to relieve stress and aid full-body relaxation. Treat tense muscles and sore skeletons to a 60- or 90-minute Thai herbal massage, which incorporates a variety of soothing techniques—including herbal compresses, acupressure, deep-tissue massage, meditation, assisted yoga, and reflexology—to help patrons achieve higher levels of mental and physical repose. Throughout the intensive, yet relaxing, treatment, the massage therapist makes full use of his hands, thumbs, and arms to break the bonds of internal tension and promptly discard any board games glued to the back. In addition to easing knots and other general aches and pains, the lengthy treatment can also help increase flexibility and circulation.
A theme park, the DMV, and the doctor's office. Although these three are vastly different locales, they all have a single commonality: a long wait. Del Mar Dentistry Center, however, hopes to change that perception, at least for doctor’s offices. In many instances, when a patient comes into the practice, they're immediately taken care of. At the helm of this highly efficient office is Dr. Eizadi, who is known for her ability to work with children and adults with a fear of the dentist. After expunging any modicums of unfounded dread from her patients, she performs all types of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatments.
The Center's stylish and modern office further lulls clients into a relaxed state, boasting a treatment room with its own ocean view and living, breathing Kenny G clone. Rooms also feature headphones and state-of-the-art intraoral cameras.
Pearls, crystal chandeliers, and white roses grace the country-chic interior of The Sanctuary Day Spa, once a 1950s cottage. But as attention grabbing as these embellishments are, it is the lack of patronage that is more noticeable. To make each guest feel like a VIP member, owner Tracy Duhs and her team only schedule one client at a time. This approach, coupled with cups of hand-blended organic tea, has earned the private spa high praise from local and national press. DiscoveredSD.com, for example, gave high marks to the spa’s ultimate facial, which blends vacuum massage, microdermabrasion, and red-light therapy with fragrant skincare products. Numerous publications have raved about the spa's Synergie vacuum-massage treatment, which can reduce cellulite as it detoxifies the body.
The spa space is also packed with high-end products, from herbal-infused Jadience creams, used during customized massages, to Jane Iredale mineral cosmetics, used to cover imperfections and age spots that relay one’s true birth date in Morse code. Clients are also invited to browse a collection of Arcona, Enessa, Bella Luxx, and Fenton Fallon products, which Tracy handpicks from around the world.
A trip to Dr. Ricardo Hernandez's office is a little like walking into the living room of a friend—albeit a friend who happens to be a dentist with more than two decades of experience. When patients arrive, they pick up a drink from the refreshment center. When they're called into the treatment room, they lie back and tune into a ceiling-mounted plasma TV and built-in headphones. Meanwhile, the chair's massage function blocks out any lingering reminders of the preventive or cosmetic treatment to come. Those treatments tend to be over swiftly, in any event: whitening sessions take just one hour, and tools such as digital x-rays and a cavity-finding device make routine exams quicker and more accurate.
Even kids look forward to a trip to Dr. Hernandez's dental practice—he's so focused on making them feel at ease that he wrote a children's book about visiting the dentist. On the companion CD, Captain Oral and the Toothbugs sing original songs about dentistry, rather than familiar old tunes such as "The Bicuspid Is Connected to the Jawbone."
By the age of 6, Dr. Dave knew he wanted to be a dentist when he grew up. The idea stuck, and today he stands at the helm of Coastal Dental Arts. True to its name, the practice has elevated dentistry to a near art form, lavishing patients with accoutrements such as flat-screen TVs and wireless headphones, and dentists set to work on teeth with high-tech tools. The practice uses Lava Chairside Oral Scanners to create 3-D mouth impressions, Invisalign orthodontics to straighten teeth sans metal brackets, and the Zoom! Teeth-whitening system to brighten smiles. Coastal Dental Arts prides itself on safety, which is why the practice is committed to following CAL-OSHA standards.
Working alongside Dr. Dave is Dr. Frank Mac, a member of the United States Navy Dental Corps. Although now stationed at Coastal Dental Arts, he still actively serves the Corps, tending to his duties as a staff oral surgeon at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot and traveling to the aid of any submarine that needs its teeth fixed.