By June A. Corrigan
First-time visitors to Studio Dentistry might double-check the suite number. The soothing sound of water trickling down the wall fountain on their left and the filmstrip-style row of dazzling head shots straight ahead might have them thinking they've wandered into a photography studio in error. There's nothing clinical about the environment, either to incite the senses or stir up latent fears many people experience at the prospect of dental procedures. And that's precisely the intention.
But make no mistake — everyone who steps foot inside Studio Dentistry quickly will discover they're in caring and capable hands. From their first consultation through ensuing appointments, the skill, passion, and dedication they'll encounter on their way to a healthy and beautiful smile will astound. "We've styled our practice to appeal to patients looking for a level of trust and care they haven't found elsewhere," says practice founder Dr. Robert Strain.
Takes Advantage Of Every Tool
The practice's commitment to excellence is evident at every turn. From the use of the latest in digital technology to more subtle patient considerations, such as the open yet private treatment rooms with massage-dispensing dental chairs, Studio Dentistry quickly wins the confidence of all who enter and puts them at ease.
One particular element that sets the practice apart and is the inspiration behind its name is the use of photography throughout. "We utilize cameras daily in our practice," says Dr. Strain.
"Patients particularly appreciate seeing their own conditions on a television monitor." Photos are also an effective way to communicate with dental laboratories and the many specialists the practice collaborates with to provide the best care. Ultimately, images illustrating final results provide positive proof of the resounding success of procedures and are motivating to patients and the dental team alike.
Patient Comfort First — And Foremost
Studio Dentistry realizes that many people visit a dentist with a great deal of reluctance. Or as one patient relates, "Going to the dentist is always a bit stressful for me," says Valerie D. of Palm Desert. "Even if I'm only getting my teeth cleaned it's stressful. A while ago I had a poor experience that left me leery. I couldn't have had a better experience than the one I had at Studio Dentistry. I'd recommend this practice to anyone who wants quality work and a staff that's cognizant of the fact that some of us are a bit stressed when we walk in the door."
Some patients opt for conscious sedation when undergoing extensive procedures, a method the Studio Dentistry team is trained and qualified to provide. "Patients take what is basically a sleeping pill. We monitor their heart, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation, and keep them at a level where they're very comfortable. They can respond, cough, swallow, answer questions, but they generally don't remember the visit. It's very helpful for people who might otherwise not get their dentistry done," says Dr. Strain.
Presents A Well-Rounded Team
About a year and a half ago, Dr. Strain was fortunate enough to have Dr. Laura Wittenauer, a highly experienced dentist in her own right, join the Studio Dentistry team. Mutual involvement with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and similar Midwestern roots brought them together, but it was a shared passion that cemented their professional relationship. "Dr. Strain has such enthusiasm and passion for helping people with their smiles. It's a great opportunity for me to be around somebody so committed to the practice of dentistry, which I love as well," says Dr. Wittenauer. The duo complement each other, and along with their skilled support team, provide patients with reliable Monday-through-Friday service.
To maintain excellence, Dr. Strain and Dr. Wittenauer both train and teach with other leaders in their profession. Dr. Strain devotes scores of hours to advanced education as a member of the Spear Education Faculty Club. He also teaches photography to other dentists, a pursuit that, not surprisingly, is another passion and talent of his. Dr. Wittenauer is a senior faculty member with the Dawson Academy, a premier postgraduate studies group. The position has led her to lecture nationally and internationally.
Stresses Communication And Options
The practice emphasizes communication and sets aside ample time to discuss patient concerns and to review doctors' findings and recommendations. Options are provided that individuals to choose their own health- and appearance-related goals, factoring in time and financial constraints. "We never push people through. We always try to evaluate what their real needs are," says Dr. Strain.
That was certainly Rancho Mirage resident and patient Frank R.'s experience. "I'd never been to a dentist that specialized in cosmetic dentistry and I wondered if I would be sold services or treatments I didn't need. On the contrary! Dr. Strain gave me a straightforward review of my dental needs, which happened to be minimal and never for a moment did I feel pressured into anything. It was a very pleasant and professional dental experience with no pressure and lots of candor," he relates.
Promises Pleasing And Worthwhile Results
A healthy, beautiful smile has the power to boost self-esteem and confidence, not to mention impact potential life expectancy. In addition to their well-known smile transformations, Dr. Strain and Dr. Wittenauer are skilled in all aspects of complex oral rehabilitation, dental implant-supported restorations, bonded fillings, cosmetic dentures, deep cleanings, bite guards, anti-snoring devices, and TMJ disorders. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry has awarded Dr. Strain the highest achievement level toward accreditation of any dentist in Riverside County.
With today's advances in cosmetic dentistry, quick and dramatic results are available to almost anyone. Studio Dentistry accepts new patients who are interested in maximizing returns on an investment in their dental health and appearance.
Studio Dentistry — Dr. Robert Strain & Dr. Laura Wittenauer
71703 Highway 111, Studio 2B, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270