At Helotes Family Dentistry, Dr. José Brigman wants to keep patients comfortable during treatments. When patients need a stronger distraction than the flat-screen TVs that are in every room, the staff provides electronic movie glasses and headphones during cleanings, fillings, and teeth-whitening treatments. The team also offers conscious sedation to especially anxious patients, which lets them stay alert and responsive while easing pretreatment jitters.
When it comes to looking your best, the team at I Heart Beauty Co. believe in taking the healthy route. That's why they use natural, organic ingredients in each of their services. DaVinici teeth-whitening treatments gently brighten grins using an organic, mineral-based gel, and Norvell airbrush-tanning solution bronzes the skin with a blend of plant-based DHA and vitamins. Those looking to shed pounds can wrap up in an Ultimate Body Applicator, a woven cloth enriched in botanical-based ingredients that may tighten and firm skin without forcing clients to roll around in a greenhouse all day.
Family dentist Dr. Tom Watkins, who received his advanced training in dentistry while serving in the US Air Force, divides his time between fostering greater grins and teaching at the University of Texas Dental School. Dr. Alejandro Cavazos, previously a science teacher, employs his extensive experience in implants and oral surgery to provide a high level of care for his patients. Together, they helm W Dental Group, realigning teeth with ClearCorrect orthodontics and replenishing smiles by implanting dental prostheses or pieces of corn soldered in gold.
During exams, W Dental Group's staff snaps candid shots of teeth with x-rays to better assess overall dental health and identify any existing issues, then stores the photos in an electronic database, alongside clinical photographs and impressions, for future visits. They also assuage anxiety with sedation dentistry, helping patients to relax with nitrous oxide, IV sedation, or stories about a very calm whale learning to read.
The office makes time for philanthropic pursuits—the team recently participated in San Antonio's Smiles for Hope, an annual event for families unable to afford dental care or insurance, and Dr. Watkins regularly travels to Central and South America to deliver dental care to those without access to it.
Dr. Joshua Austin's dad was a dentist—so in a way, he followed in his father's footsteps. However, Dr. Austin has put a distinctly modern spin on the traditional dentists' office. That's why his peers voted him a Texas Super Dentist in Texas Monthly, and why even as a high schooler, his classmates voted him Most Likely to Run a Super Modern Dentist Office.
Dr. Austin's comprehensive services cover cosmetic, orthodontic, and implant needs, featuring innovations like Invisalign and teeth whitening. Even his waiting room amenities are modern—the office boasts a coffee bar stocked with javas, hot chocolate, and Torani syrups. His only old school characteristic is that he strives to build personal relationships with his patients, making them not just patients, but friends.
Although it's led by Dr. Tiffini Stratton, who holds a doctorate of dental surgery from The University of Texas Health Science Center, Dominion Dental Spa isn't confined to teeth cleanings and orthodontics. Though many clients do get their teeth whitened or their gums lifted, others receive SkinCeuticals facials from aesthetician Bre Jackson.
And the office isn't some sterile clinic, either. During appointments, clients recline in treatment chairs that face wood- and wrought-iron-framed windows overlooking lush trees and a rolling golf course. Fresh-cut flowers add color to the reception area, where guests may enjoy snacks and drinks from the office's mini bar. In the children’s area, tots entertain themselves by playing with toy trains or watching Fellini films via the TV and DVD player.
Medical aesthetician Monica Pacheco and Drs. Stan Zebrowski and Irene Blaess aim to make a trip to the dentist's office something to anticipate with a smile during general-dentistry and cosmetic-dentistry appointments or aesthetic spa services. A complimentary sugar scrub and paraffin hand treatment helps soothe every patient and client to leave hands soft enough to participate in unarmed pillow fights. Teeth-whitening treatments or porcelain veneers rehabilitate tarnished grins, and a variety of facials and chemical peels helps countenances return to healthy, youthful states. Clients enjoy the fragrant candles and soothing music as a gently gurgling aquarium displays fish who lazily swim toward the light of newly radiant enamel.