Western Dental in Santa Maria, CA with Reviews - YP.com
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01/07/2012
By: dro123
Pacific Coast Smiles
If you need a dentist, Pacific Coast Smiles is where you need to go! When you walk in, you feel calm, rather than tense. I suppose it's the decor/ atmosphere, but that's a GOOD thing in a dental office! The dentists there are both quite good; I've seen them both. The hygienists are all three very friendly, although I've only seen one, and she is the best! I have been tense and nervous before at other offices, which makes me not numb as easily, I believe. They seem to get the job done in 1/2 the time of other offices; they're pretty organized. I am recommending to all my friends - I love coming here!
05/10/2015
By: Christy H.
Advanced Smile Design Santa Maria
Excellent dentist! From beginning to end! Very fast and attention to every detail in the work. No pain during the work and no mentionable discomfort afterward. Both the Doctors Nolan are in a class by themselves !! They even have a CT scanner for your mouth!??! What!?!! Very cool! If you want the best, go here. My 85yr old mom and I felt respected and cared for and we will be back without fear of the dentist anymore! Thank you, all.
12/02/2014
By: Jorge Z.
Elwood Grant D DDS - Grant D Elwood DDS
Went in for the first time.made me feel at ease and feel like family.excellent service.dental work was excellent and a fair price.
Tips & Advices
  • Pick Your Plan: Most people purchase three main varieties, usually through their employers.
    • An indemnity or fee-for-service plan means you'll have to pay for annual deductibles and co-insurance payments out of pocket.
    • A preferred provider organization is less costly, and you choose from a network of dentists. However, PPOs have some limitations and accompanying deductibles.
    • A dental health maintenance organization plan limits you to just a few choices of dentists, and one doctor handles all of your oral care needs. However, these HMO are usually much less costly.
  • PPO plans and dental HMOs work with only a select number of doctors. While that usually means fewer costs, it also means you have less choice in the dentist who can treat you Before purchasing the plan, you'll receive a list of dentists in each network. From there, you can then pick a plan with doctors who meet your standards and requirements.
  • When picking a plan, you need to look at just how much you'll pay for each and every service. For instance, some plans won't cover your fillings or X-rays, while others may charge more or less for a crown or tooth extraction. You don't want to be caught off-guard by unforeseen charges.
  • If you're truly comfortable with a dentist and you feel he or she can be an ally in your ongoing oral care regimen, then consider signing a plan to just keep that dentist available. That means potentially deal with costs and other insurance-related factors that you might have wanted to. If need be, you might be able to work with the dentist's office to address some of the plan-specific concerns.
  • Ask family, friends or colleagues for recommendations. They will be able to provide details about a dentist's demeanor, operating style and approach to patient care
  • Meet with any prospective dentists to ask about what treatments they perform most often, procedures they're not as familiar with, what accreditation they have or any organizations they belong to and how their offices handles insurance and payments.
  • Consider driving distance, location and office hours.
  • Check With Your State Board: The state board can outline what requirements your dentist must meet and offer information about any discrepancies in the their background and if he or she has faced any disciplinary actions.
  • Remember Your Angles - When brushing your teeth, always place the brush at a 45-degree angle..
  • Don't Forget the Tongue – Your tongue is the largest source of bacteria. Brush it front to back and don't forget the sides.
  • Floss Everyday - Each time you floss, have at least 18 inches of floss available. For optimal control, hold the floss between your thumbs and forefingers.
  • Watch What You Eat - Sugar, alcohol and coffee contain phosphorus. While some can prove beneficial, too much of this chemical can eat away at your teeth and gums.
  • Keep in Mind the Mouthwash - Mouthwash can be helpful if used to supplement proper brushing and flossing. Most mouthwash brands contain chlorine dioxide, a chemical that targets the majority of oral bacterial strains.
Yellow teeth are the result of a number of bad habits, mainly smoking, drinking too much coffee and improper nutrition. Many dentists will treat with a whitening procedure.
These painful bumps are the result of irritation to the soft tissue of your mouth. These sores can make brushing almost impossible. There are a number of different causes for sores, including anemia or a vitamin B-12 deficiency. Your doctor will have to examine the bump, find its cause and then develop a specific treatment plan, including the use of corticosteroids to reduce inflammation or antimicrobial mouthwash.

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