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.
Knowing that an informed patient makes a healthier patient, dentist Shira Shasho often lets guests hold a mirror while she is working so she can explain the what and how of her technique. At Edent, Dr. Shasho combines this edifying philosophy with advanced technology and pleasant comforts. Intraoral cameras capture detailed images of the mouth, which can then be displayed for the patient to view. Each station is also equipped with an LCD TV, cable, and stereo headphones so patients can catch up on their favorite TV shows while technicians handle the soap opera being played out between teeth and gums.
Hawaiian-print curtains welcome clients to Suki Day Spa's shabby-chic Fourth Avenue location, where bamboo screens flank cream-colored sofas in wicker or leather and a vast painting of a red blossom reflects punches of crimson in the throw pillows and fresh blooms. The long, lean space reaches beyond the plush pedicure chairs to a hallway with private rooms, where spa treatments such as massages, facials, and spray tans gloss clients' guises more effectively than daily slatherings of vaseline and glitter.
Dr. Pegah Salami, feared opponent of high-fructose corn syrup, will don her spelunking gear and rappel deep into your mouth in search of dangerous cavity caverns and the root of your pain. She'll blast out any impudent plaque with a high-pressure hose and capture your photogenic pearly whites with x-rays for your grandma's mantle, ensuring that your toothstalks are crack-free and as strong as their cuisine-crushing caps. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, improving your mouth's health has a positive effect on the whole body, making a trip to the dentist an essential part of whole-human care.