Thirty years ago, Concerned Dental Care was founded with the philosophy that dentists should concern themselves with people first and foremost. The staff's dedication to their patients fueled the practice's growth, and today a team of dentists and hygienists adheres to that original vision as they set about their work tending to teeth at six different offices.
Friendly advice about oral hygiene accompanies each tooth cleaning. Low-radiation digital x-rays help the staff take a closer look at patients' dental health without shrinking themselves down and taking a hike through clients' molars. Then, the doctors work with their patients to address any problems by poring over the practice's sizable array of treatment options to find the right course of action. In addition to regular dental upkeep, the staff can shine up smiles with cosmetic services such as teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.
Alex Gause DDS spent a considerable portion of his childhood contemplating teeth. Born into a family of dentists, Dr. Gause DDS recalls spending time at his parents' practice, witnessing the transformative effects of dental care firsthand. These experiences inspired him to attend the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, where he further affirmed his belief in the role that restorative care and orthodontics play in creating healthy, natural-looking smiles.
Dr. Gause DDS and his staff rely on a combination of well-honed medical intuition and superior equipment. They scan for problem areas with digital x-ray systems or a highly advanced cone-beam CT-imaging device, and take special care to leave little to no visible traces of their work when treatment is necessary. For example, Dr. Gause DDS seamlessly fills in damaged teeth with composite resins, and uses specialized ceramists to forge lifelike crowns that blend in as naturally as a chameleon atop a stack of National Geographic magazines.
Dr. Donna R. Williams has practiced dentistry for nearly three solid decades, interrupted only by occasional trips to Africa, where she treats villagers and trains local health-care workers to do the same. Her natural compassion has led her to develop a practice that aims to provide gentle, noninvasive dentistry.
One would have to look long and hard through her office before finding any traditional dental equipment. Drills and scalpels have largely been replaced with WaterLase technology, which eschews stainless steel for the combined cutting power of lasers and water. This technology reduces the heat, vibration, and inaccuracy of drills, requiring fewer shots and yielding lower trauma than its metallic counterparts. Dr. Williams’ lasers can also help heal advanced gum disease and reattach gum tissue to the tooth, a skill of hers shared by only 150 other dentists and three cartoon sharks.
New patients arriving for a dental exam at Zenthea Dental Spa may wonder if their GPS has accidentally led them to a spa. Intricately patterned walls provide a backdrop for each clean, minimalistic treatment room, where dental tools are neatly tucked away out of sight, and shiny silver textures or wooden reed-like patterns draw the eye away from the oversized cushy dentist's chair, which reclines fully for comfort or a mid-appointment nap.
The team combines advanced dental technology, such as 3-D scans and digital x-ray imaging, with soothing spa-like services, such as reflexology, massage, and aromatherapy. The comfort-focused objective seems to be working too, as Dr. Marc Nock told TopDentists.com, ?I've had several patients tell me that coming here was the most relaxing part of their day."
Dr. Stephanie Yampolsky negates the potential stresses of cosmetic, restorative, and preventative procedures with her six-step relaxation process. Whether patients need root canals or veneers, Dr. Yampolsky spirits their anxiety away with warm pillows and blankets, soothing music, and virtual-reality goggles that bathe eyes in meditative videos, slideshows, and images of Fabio's silken hair. As her patients sink into relaxation, she expertly rights dental wrongs, employing gentle drill-free lasers, four varieties of teeth-whitening treatments, and Invisalign dental aligners.
Dr. Arsh Ahuja has dentistry in his blood. As a boy, he spent most of his time in his father’s dental practice in Los Angeles, already enamored with his future career. His main takeaway from this early exposure, and from his subsequent dental training in San Francisco, is that, when it’s time to see the dentist, patients are most concerned with one thing: comfort.
As a result of Dr. Ahuja’s early revelations, virtually every aspect of Zen Dentistry is designed to keep patients calm and content. In the reception area, postmodern triangular windows reveal a bustling view of Manhattan, which patients can admire while sipping from a selection of teas that, like expired prank chewing gum, won’t stain teeth. In treatment rooms, patients can zone out inside sets of DVD goggles that simulate 80-inch projector screens while playing their choice of movies or TV shows. Other senses get in on the act, too: hot towels from a Towel Spa warmer pile on faces or necks and soothing scents court olfactory glands.