Behind Every Smile There Is A Person

Dentist with patient

I’m a people person. One of my favorite things about being a dentist is that I meet new people all the time. I strive to get to know each one of my patients personally. I believe that the effects of truly outstanding dentistry go far beyond the health of a person’s smile. 

Not a Number. We’ve all experienced how impersonal the medical industry can come across. Sometimes you leave an appointment feeling more like a checked box than a valued patient. At The Dental Care Group, we aim to never let that happen. We want every patient that we see to feel like their experience was special. 

My team and I employ a patient-centered philosophy. This means that the patient’s needs/wants come before our needs/wants, always. We want to give each person who walks in the door the best dental experience they’ve ever had. We will go out of our way to accommodate. Whether it’s grabbing an after-school snack for a patient’s child or working with them to find a convenient appointment time, we enjoy going above and beyond.

We focus on Total Health. What if I told you that your dentist could identify potentially life-threatening diseases before your physician. Well, it’s true! Your oral health is a reflection of your overall health. There are many things dentists can check that are signs of conditions that may seem unrelated to your smile.  There is a saying that “the mouth is the window to the body’ and we see examples of that every day!!

For example, our doctors and hygienists check patients’ blood pressure at least once a year. Often times when we observe abnormally high blood pressure in a patient, and surprisingly we’re the first to inform the patient about it. This means your dentist might be the first to tell you that you’re at risk of having a stroke or heart attack!

Sleep apnea is another condition we can work with physicians to treat. While it’s often associated with snoring, those with sleep apnea can experience other effects that are detrimental to daily life, such as chronic fatigue, headaches, high blood pressure, and more. We have the technology to create oral devices that keep the airway clear while a patient sleeps, preventing sleep apnea.

More than Just Drill and Fill. We prioritize patient education. Whenever we believe that a patient is in need of a procedure, we make sure they understand why the procedure is needed and what are the consequences should they decide to opt out of it. 

We never want a patient to have something done without fully understanding why it’s necessary. At the same time, I don’t want patients to refuse procedures without knowing what that might lead to in the future. After reviewing a patient’s treatment plan, we allow patients the opportunity to ask any questions that weren’t covered in our discussion. This builds trust between us and our patients, which is paramount.

We know that behind every smile, there’s a person, and we want every experience at The Dental Care Group to leave you feeling valued, heard, and thoroughly cared for. Our goal is to earn patients’ trust and keep it for a lifetime.