At age 34, Dr. Manoj Bahl of Excel Dental Studio in Merrillville, has discovered education and awareness are far more effective patient tools rather than fear and intimidation.
"When I have a consultation with a new patient, I'm not going to lecture about what that person hasn't done in the past for dental care or regular cleanings and check-ups," Bahl said.
"Instead, I'd rather concentrate on what we can do now and look to the future."
Working with a newly remodeled space that is still enjoying changes and updates, Bahl's office includes five examination rooms and three hygienists.
"We've made updates, like moving to digital x-rays and provided large television screens in each of our rooms which allow special cameras to capture views of the areas of the teeth and gums we are focused on for patients to see and understand the process," he said.
Bahl describes the importance of "modern dentistry" in today's ever changing field, which includes having a laptop computer in each of his exam rooms.
"I think of what we do in my practice as guilt-free dentistry," Bahl said.
One of the innovations he has embraced is a system called The Wand, which is a line of available "less painful" means for administering anesthetic as opposed to the traditional large syringe needles.
"I had one new patient discover that I use The Wand for anesthetic and she was so happy to find us, because she'd had a previous dentist who used the same technique, but had to change dentists because she had moved," Bahl said.
He said his commitment is to provide his patients with "state of the art dental techniques, while in a comfortable calm environment, with a priority is to personalize each visit while making sure patients are fully knowledgeable about their oral health needs."
With a staff of nine team members in his office, they provide aesthetic and cosmetic dental care with veneers, root canals, dental implant restoration, whitening, and a of the traditional dental needs.
Excel Dental Studio also offers clear braces and complex cosmetic surgeries, including using special computer camera and animation technology which can show patients a free "future glimpse" preview of what corrected smiles will look like after the process.
"I have more than 1,500 active patients I see, from age 1 to 90, providing comprehensive care for people who come from Lake and Porter counties, as well as Illinois," said Bahl.
FYI: exceldentalstudio.com or (219) 769-3305.