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.
Dr. Roya Niakiani and the dedicated staff of 6th Avenue Periodontics & Implant Dentistry specialize in implant dentistry and employ advanced surgical and cosmetic procedures to optimize smiles and protect mouths from gum disease and other oral illnesses. The team's digital panoramic x-rays and intraoral cameras diagnose mouths with high-definition imaging, and their powerful laser beams safely and swiftly perform thorough cleanings and precision oral surgeries.
The office, nestled deep within the bustling heart of downtown, is chic and cosmopolitan?its d?cor includes grids of illuminated frosted glass, ergonomic, high-backed chairs, and a space-age foyer lined with cool-hued wall panels. A cache of iPads, TVs, and headsets ensures optimal comfort during all appointments.
San Diego's Teeth Whitening Center streamlines professional whitening treatments into 45-minute sessions valid for anyone with healthy teeth and gums. The center replicates professional dental treatments with hydrogen-peroxide formulas?a common active ingredient in many professional treatments?and accelerates the whitening process with the application of cold-blue-light technology. Dedicated to helping clients achieve long-lasting whiteness, the center also distributes whiteness maintenance kits and enrolls clients in the White Smile Club, which includes discounts on follow-up sessions, enamel boosters, and instructions on how to smile in six different languages.
Although Dr. Hangama Sadat offers a full range of family and cosmetic dental treatments, basic exams always come first. A graduate of New York University Dental School, Dr. Sadat starts on the basic side of things to get an overall understanding of each patient's dental health before discussing solutions for specific dental concerns. Among them, laser whitening treatments gently lift away set-in enamel stains and cosmetic veneers cover up damaged, chipped, or broken teeth. Preventive health is also a main focus at Spectrum, as basic cleanings scour plaque and backup candy reserves from between teeth and under gum lines.
Dr. Nina Mojaver wants to make a trip to the dentist as convenient and stress free as possible. At GM Dental Arts, they keep themselves up to date with all fields of dentistry, ensuring they limit the amount of specialists and appointments needed. But staying abreast of multiple modalities doesn?t spread them thin; on the contrary, they were San Diego Magazine?s top pick for reconstructive, cosmetic, and general dentistry professionals in 2011. Further adding to the comfort of each visit are the offices themselves, which come equipped with TVs, plush blankets, and options for aromatherapy.