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Congratulations to local businesses!

September 4, 2015

Palm Dental Care extends congratulations to local businesses that were recently named in ‘Inc.’ magazine as some of the fastest growing companies in the United States. Included in this prestigious list were MindBody and Water Systems Consulting, both based in San Luis Obispo. Congratulations!

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Even little kids can figure it out! Watch this delightful short video on oral hygiene

August 11, 2015

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What’s new?

June 26, 2014

Hello everyone out there in cyber-land! I haven’t posted in a while, but we have been busy updating our facebook page. Check it out at http://www.facebook/palmdentalcare.
If you are not yet a patient in our office, we encourage you to join our family and see first-hand what everyone reviewing us on Google is talking about! We are currently accepting new patients. We invite you to experience dental care that combines a friendly style, the latest technology, and expert delivery
I wanted to briefly describe some of the new technologies we utilize in our office. We use;
*digital x-rays for the lowest possible radiation exposure
*Invisalign “invisible” orthodontics
*mercury-free, metal-free restorations
*intra-oral photography so you can see what we see
*conscious sedation for our less brave clients
*dental implants
*music and headphones (who wants to listen to a drill?)
Most importantly, we do something quite rare in today’s modern medical offices: we listen to our patients, and help them make informed decisions about their own care. Thanks for reading!

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When Kids Outgrow the Pedodontist

June 3, 2013

When should teens, accustomed to the pedodontist, switch from that specialist to a general dentist? Is it easier to have all members of your family see the same dentist? Is your child ready to see the family’s general dentist? Have their dental needs evolved to where they would be better served by the skills and procedures provided in a family dentist’s practice?

The question I am asked most is when is my child old enough to see the general dentist? I always reply: “it depends.” The determining factors are the child’s maturity, specific needs, comfort level with dental care, and the family’s scheduling needs.

As a General and Family Cosmetic Dentist, I see too many adult patients that were not introduced to dental care in the positive environment pedodontists work so diligently to provide for their young patients. Although I offer dental care for the entire family, I encourage all my parents to take their very young children to the pedodontist so that a positive introduction to dental care is more predictable. If having all members in the family seen during the same visit is more convenient, I am open to seeing most kids, if the children in question can demonstrate an ability to confidently participate in the visit. The last situation that makes it easier to determine a child’s readiness to see the family general dentist is their dental needs. A family dentist is much more familiar with cosmetic restorative treatment.

My daughter, who is seven, sees a pedodontist. I have sat in the waiting room with her at both her pediatrician and pedodontist and seen many uncomfortable teens waiting to be seen, acting embarrassed once their name is called. I believe that these individuals are prime candidates for the calmer setting provided in the general dentist’s office.
Pedodontists, or pediatric dentists, are dentists specializing in dental care for children. In order to deliver their specialized care pedodontists utilize miniturized equipment, psychology, distraction and rewards systems to gently foster compliance throughout the visit. I would say these are the main differences between children and family dentistry.
There are numerous reasons this specialty exists, however, most parents seeking dental care for their children are simply relieved to find a doctor who can provide a basic level of dental care, while avoiding a traumatic experience that can make the bi-annual trip a major headache (and in extreme cases, make seeing the dentist a lifelong challenge of overcoming fear). On the other hand, the family dentist will focus on comfort and relaxation as a backdrop to providing a high quality dental experience.

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Women’s Shelter Teeth Bleaching Promotion

May 30, 2013
Restore A Smile, Restore A Life
Palm Dental Care will once again be participating in the Annual Women’s Shelter Teeth Bleaching Promotion. All proceeds go directly to our local women’s shelter.
  • Dates: June 4, 2013 through June 7, 2013
  • Take-Home a Bleaching Tray System
  • Only $195  (A $390 value)
“This year marks the 10th anniversary of local dentists joining forces to end intimate partner violence in our community! The Restore a Smile; Restore a Life campaign is simple: you can whiten your teeth while bringing a smile to another. Throughout the entire month of June, participating dentists are offering a complete “At-Home” tooth whitening system, including custom fit molds, prescription whitener, and detailed instructions.” Read more on the Women’s Shelter Facebook Page

Call today to schedule your appointment

(805) 543-3747

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Almost the big 1-0!

May 14, 2013

It’s hard for me to believe, but Palm Dental Care has been open for almost 10 years! Thanks to everyone who helped build it into the thriving, state-of-the-art, top-rated dental care facility that it is. I’m looking forward to growing into the next 10 years and beyond!

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Fear of Dental Care

April 4, 2013

I read recently that the fear of dentists was one of the top 10 greatest phobias. As a dentist, I am of course familiar with the fact that people are afraid of dental procedures. But the top ten? Really?? Up there with public speaking, death, and snakes?
Since I graduated (yikes- 10 years ago!) I have been trying to single-handedly irradicate this situation. On my journey I have encountered everything from total irrationality to well-founded suspicion based on horrific childhood experiences. I have tried to patiently and gently guide each of these poor suffering individuals back to the safety of modern, gentle and effective dental care. In most cases, I have succeeded. I can cite case after case of folks once
distraught at the thought of stepping into my office who now earnestly recommend me to friends and relatives, saying, “really, it’s no big deal… just go get it fixed!” I have mastered the art of the dreaded injection (so I’m told time after time). Most people don’t feel anything. At all. Nada.
I explain what I’m doing as I go, and stop when patients need a break for any reason. I’m conservative, thorough, and gentle. That’s how I’ve built my practice. But apparently it’s not enough. To those of you who still cite ‘the dentist’ in your major fears, please come see me. I’ll do what I can.