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     Women’s Health & Fitness, December 2005

    Checking In to a ‘Dental Spa’

    If you‘re a scaredy cat when it comes to going to the dentist, new technologies at a ‗dental spa‘ near you can de-stress your experience.

    I found myself surrounded by mosaics and fountains featuring

    Bottichelli‘s Venus as I relaxed in an ergonomically-correct dental chair watching my own television monitor, perfectly positioned overhead.

    The strange thing about this moment of comfort is that I had just had

    cavity fillings done painlessly with a laser; I was calmly awaiting my

    permanent crown, which a supermodel-looking technician in a glass

    room across the hall milled carefully. An assistant handed me a cup of

    my favorite herb tea and a cozy chenille blanket. ―Just relax for about

    10 minutes and your crown will be ready,‖ she assured.

    It was then that I knew what was meant by the label ‗dental spa‘.

    At first I‘d thought I‘d be treated to a massage or facial to help me

    recover from drill-induced trauma. But I realized the real foundation of

    a dental spa is marked by vast improvement in service and technology.

    The spa-like perks don‘t hurt either.

Spa-Like Service & Pain-free Technology

     ―I thought it was time to bring dentistry out of the dark ages,‖

    said Dr. Shawn Gurley, D.D.S, of his vision to provide a spa-like

    environment at the dentist‘s office. Beyond the gorgeous décor, this

    dentist‘s quest for the best technology to eliminate pain and

    inconvenience launched what might have been the original dental spa.

    Now, six years later, he numbs my tooth with a sci-fi looking unit

    called WaterlaseMD? and performs my dental work with no drill, no pain, and no shot. My lunch meeting would not have gone so well if

    I'd been drooling all over myself, trying to converse through a numb


    Modern dental offices across the country are following the

    business model of the medical spa: ―Superior service, technology, and

    comfort in a beautiful environment,‖ as defined by Dr. Gurley. At the

    Laser Dental Center in Laguna Hills, California, Dr. Payam Ataii, D.D.S. also relies on the laser, not a massage, to offer comfort in the dentist‘s

    chair. Though his state-of-the-art facility is relaxing and comfortable,

    the luxury most appreciated by Dr. Ataii‘s patients is avoidance of pain.

―I use the laser for almost every procedure in this office,‖ states Dr.


    Foothills Dental Spa in Denver, Colorado also feels more like an escape stone fireplaces and water fountains greet you as you enter

    the lobby. After each treatment, patients are treated to hot, moist

    towels scented with eucalyptus. But when it comes to comfort and

    quality, the latest Biolase? laser is reins supreme at the dental spa.


    In the beginning, laser dentists typically needed a different laser

    for different types of procedures; one dentist may have the laser for

    crown-lengthening (fixing a gummy smile), but any other dental need

    would require a drill. Another may have a laser for fillings, but not

    that nasty gum infection that must be taken care of. ―Now we have

    WaterlaseMD?, a computerized laser that does all types of procedures

    and with more precision than its predecessors,‖ explains Dr. Gurley.

    The High Tech Scoop

    First, low amounts of laser energy are used to numb the tooth,

    then, the highly-targeted laser light is absorbed by the decay, so no

    trace is left in your mouth. The fine particles of the water spray

    hydrate and cool the tooth‘s surface as the laser operates with no

    bleeding (instantly sealing blood vessels).


    Dental Spa pioneer Dr. Gurley created my crown on a state-of-

    the-art, computerized CEREC? machine. As comfy as I am in this spa-like environment, I prefer not to have to come back soon taking on

    the literary world awaits! CEREC? milling unit, which (at press time) 5% of dentists nationwide offer, provides unprecedented efficiency for

    technicians, which translates into ultimate convenience for me I get

    everything I need done in one trip; there is no need for annoying

    temporaries. With the convenience of this CEREC? system, Dr. Gurley

    and his supermodel lab technician, Tracie Francis, were able to send

    me on my way with a permanent crown an hour later! Moral of the

    story: Find a dentist with CEREC? and crowns or even veneers can be done while you wait in the dental spa.

    The High Tech Scoop

    The dentist prepares the tooth that needs a crown and takes a

    digital picture of it. This is transferred to the CEREC? 3D software and

    converted into a virtual model. Within a few clicks of a button, the

    dentist manipulates the image to form a perfect fit. Then, the dental

tech mills the ceramic, designs, color matches, and glazes the crown.

    Ten to 20 minutes later, the dentist bonds it place and sends you out

    into the world of soy tacos and carrot sticks . . . maybe after your on-

    site paraffin hand treatment.

Side Bars:

According to Dental Tech Tracie Francis of North Atlanta

    Aesthetic Dentistry, face-to-face interaction with an on-site lab

    tech ensures each unique crown perfectly fits the individual

    needs of the patient and expert recommendations of the

    dentist (as opposed to having your crown created over the next

    two weeks by a far-away lab how passé).

Hi-Tech Dental Spas Across the Country


     North Atlanta Aesthetic Dentistry

     Dr. Shawn Gurley, D.D.S.

     4165 Old Milton Pkwy. Suite 140

     Alpharetta, Georgia 30005

     (770) 664-1244

    ? Spa setting

    ? CEREC? Crowns and Innovative Aesthetic Solutions lab

    ? WaterlaseMD?

    ? Zoom!2 teeth whitening


     Maharukh Kravich, D.D.S., F.A.G.D.

     30 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 1824

     Chicago, IL 60602


    ? Waterlase?

    ? Spokesdentist for Academy of General Dentistry


     Foothills Dental Spa

     Dr. David Bennett, D.D.S.

     16205 64th Avenue, Suite 200

     Arvada, Colorado 80007


    ? Laser technology

    ? Massage therapy room

    ? CEREC? Crowns and complete on-site laboratory

Los Angeles

     Laser Dental Center

     Dr. Payam Ataii, D.D.S.

     24881 Alicia Parkway, Suite H

     Laguna Hills

     949.707.LASER (5273)

    ? YAG laser technology

    ? Invisalign, undetetable teeth alignment

    ? Facial cosmetic procedures (Botox, Restalyn)


    Dr. Allen Berry, D.D.S.

    16940 SW 94th Court

    Miami, FL 33157

    (305) 255-4140

    ? Garden setting; no wait service

    ? CEREC? Crowns and Onsite lab

    ? Waterlase? (original model)

New York

    Dr. Larry Rosenthal, D.D.S.

    The Rosenthal Group

    30 East 76th Street Suite 5B

    New York City, NY 10021

    (212) 794-9600

    ? WaterlaseMD?

    ? Client comfort selections for music and/or movie, candle sent,


    ? Argon Laser teeth whitening

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