Stepping into Tower Dentistry is like stepping into the house of a neighbor?a neighbor who?s really into the Middle Ages. One of the sunny, yellow walls in the reception area gives way to the stone exterior of a castle, where children climb through a kid-size archway to enter their own play space. Overhead, a flat-screen TV entertains parents as they shift focus between the screen and their progeny, sipping coffee or juice on the plush cushions of the sofa. Nearby, a vibrant blue-and-orange flower painting crowns the fireplace, complementing the blue backlighting of the rotunda-like ceiling and the dark-wood cabinets.
If you can bring yourself to leave the cozy comfort of the foyer, you'll find that the rest of the office is just as calming. Satellite TV or music await in treatment rooms, where dentists Adam Raschke, Paul Pierce, Paul Velton, and Frank Duran would love to hear the nicknames you've chosen for each of the fish in their 1,000-gallon aquarium. The caring team maintains its patient-centered philosophy with timesaving, state-of-the-art dental technology. They use a CEREC software system to design and fabricate ceramic restorations in about an hour, and offer mini dental implants that stabilize ill-fitting dentures in a single visit.
Led by a doctor with two decades? worth of experience, the staff at El Cajon Family Dental remains at the forefront of dentistry with advanced tools such as digital x-rays and an intraoral camera. Armed with these technologies, they put patients at ease during an array of general and cosmetic treatments, such as Invisalign trays that straighten crooked teeth or porcelain veneers that cover up rock-chewing habits.
As one of only 50 dentists to have achieved the status of fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. David Hornbrook brings an elite touch to each mouth he beautifies. Because he views each smile as a chance for his clients to show their confidence, he seeks nothing less than spectacular results with each service, whether he's straightening teeth, installing porcelain veneers, or whitening enamel.
To mirror the level of service each client gets in the dentist's chair, the staff stocks their coffee bar with juices and freshly baked chocolate-chip cookies as flickering aromatherapy candles create a light, soothing aroma. After each appointment, they hand patients a lavender-scented facial towel to help them refresh and reward cheeks for waiting patiently as teeth get all the attention.
Technology-driven oral-investigative equipment and creature comforts litter the patient rooms inside Image Dental Group's office. Intraoral-photography systems snap digital shots of mouths’ interiors and exteriors to give dentists a clear picture of their patient's health. When peeping below the skin's surface, technicians shy away from the x-ray vision services of overpriced superheroes, instead brandishing digital x-ray systems that chart bone structures with intricate detail. Movies playing on the office's I-Glasses video system and iPods relax patients snuggling in the plush arms of a neck pillow.
A Shop For Smiles’ Dr. Richard Hagstrom cares not only for his patients, but also for his community and the environment. All of his in-office procedures are designed with the patient's comfort in mind. As a charter member of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS), he specializes in treating clients who suffer from dental anxiety.
Reaching out beyond his practice’s patients, he donates services to raise money for charitable children's organizations via the Smiles for Life Foundation, and has sponsored a Little League baseball team for kids with disabilities. He has traveled as far as the Dominican Republic to tend to teeth in need.
He and his team understand that their practices can have a greater impact on the earth, so they maintain eco-friendly practices such as recycling printer cartridges and keeping water-compressor switches in the "off" position.
In keeping with the commitment to Mother Nature, the office is decorated with a surf-shop theme, featuring a miniature boogie board, a wooden coconut tree, and chairs whose intricately woven, white dental-floss patterns look a lot like wicker.
With more than 30 years of professional experience himself, Dr. Alan Michels is joined at Michels Family Dental by two of his seven sons. Along with a staff of hygienists and technicians, the dentists strive to make every patient feel comfortable as they provide services that range from general to cosmetic, all while employing the latest techniques and technologies.
Preventative dentistry is the foundation of the practice's approach, and the team encourages patients to schedule routine check-ups so that dentists can identify potentially troublesome areas early. If problems do need to be addressed, the staff can confidently revitalize smiles by applying porcelain crowns or veneers, sealing gaps with tooth-colored composite fillings, or even use medical-grade laser technology to fight off villainous tooth fairies. Throughout each appointment, a dentist will work with patients and take care to fully explain all of the available options.