High ceilings and delicately blooming orchids greet guests as they step into La Jolla Dental Group's elegant, refreshing atmosphere. This focus on comfort extends to the waiting lounge where coffee and internet-enabled computers make themselves available to guests waiting for their appointment. Once inside the exam rooms, visitors nestle into chairs and peer out through floor-to-ceiling windows onto a flower-filled garden. During appointments, Dr. Mehrack Kajian and her staff confer with guests, answering questions and putting their charges at ease before commencing treatments with the latest dental technology, including an onsite lab that speeds up more in-depth procedures.
Dr. Sarah Belderes knows that a visit to the dentist can fill many with anxiety. Some people have a phobia of dental tools; others are afraid the dentist will judge them for covering up teeth stains with whiteout. So Dr. Belderes relies on her training in cognitive behavioral psychology to alleviate the fears of her patients at Academy Dental Care.
After ensuring patients are relaxed, she performs routine checkups, preventative maintenance, and more advanced treatments, taking the time to explain everything that she's doing to further reduce anxiety.
With more than three decades of experience in family, cosmetic, and implant dentistry, Dr. Eric Deverill headlines Beachwalk's bill of professional mouthbone beautifiers, prevailing over tooth decay and gingivitis with quality dental procedures in an office that gazes whimsically oceanward. During an exam, Dr. Deverill will take up his tooth scaler and navigate a client's gum rocks in search of suspicious craters. Then, to strip overaccessorized chompers of their plaque coats and tartar toupees, an adult cleaning will sanitize the oral cavity. Finally, x-rays explore the mouth to check for potentially harmful tooth abnormalities and burrowing bandicoots.
A theme park, the DMV, and the doctor's office. Although these three are vastly different locales, they all have a single commonality: a long wait. Del Mar Dentistry Center, however, hopes to change that perception, at least for doctor?s offices. In many instances, when a patient comes into the practice, they're immediately taken care of. At the helm of this highly efficient office is Dr. Eizadi, who is known for her ability to work with children and adults with a fear of the dentist. After expunging any modicums of unfounded dread from her patients, she performs all types of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatments.
The Center's stylish and modern office further lulls clients into a relaxed state, boasting a treatment room with its own ocean view and living, breathing Kenny G clone. Rooms also feature headphones and state-of-the-art intraoral cameras.
Pearls, crystal chandeliers, and white roses grace the country-chic interior of The Sanctuary Day Spa, once a 1950s cottage. But as attention grabbing as these embellishments are, it is the lack of patronage that is more noticeable. To make each guest feel like a VIP member, owner Tracy Duhs and her team only schedule one client at a time. This approach, coupled with cups of hand-blended organic tea, has earned the private spa high praise from local and national press. DiscoveredSD.com, for example, gave high marks to the spa?s ultimate facial, which blends vacuum massage, microdermabrasion, and red-light therapy with fragrant skincare products. Numerous publications have raved about the spa's Synergie vacuum-massage treatment, which can reduce cellulite as it detoxifies the body.
The spa space is also packed with high-end products, from herbal-infused Jadience creams, used during customized massages, to Jane Iredale mineral cosmetics, used to cover imperfections and age spots that relay one?s true birth date in Morse code. Clients are also invited to browse a collection of Arcona, Enessa, Bella Luxx, and Fenton Fallon products, which Tracy handpicks from around the world.
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."