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High tech dentist offers homey atmosphere
by Sharon Schnakenburg comfort.
It seems too good to be true: a dentist who “We’ve always tried to do the décor more
fi nds and fi xes cavities without a screaming like a home than a dental practice,” he says.
drill. That and more is nestled inside the The walls are adorned with hand painted
cozy, home-decorated offi ce of David L. wallpaper, and the waiting room features
Rush DDS at Fulton Ranch Dental, where home-style chairs and a big-screen TV. The
technologies such as laser cavity detection aroma of fresh-baked Otis Spunkmeyer
partnered with air abrasion are taking cookies fi lls the air twice daily, and kids
dentistry into a bold new world. can relax in a children’s television room
“Frequently, decay will not show up on featuring theatre seating and DVDs. Patients
an X-ray, so the laser uses fl uorescence to undergoing treatment can also opt to relax
detect the decay,” explains Rush, a Gilbert via conscious sedation or by watching their
resident. favorite TV show on the 100-channel cable
It’s similar to the green glow produced TV mounted overhead.
when black light is shined on a scorpion, he Patients and their families might also
adds. see Rush’s wife, Michelle, working at the
“The light that’s produced by a laser practice, along with one of their six children,
causes bacteria to fl uoresce, and then the Cory, who is predental at ASU. In addition,
laser measures the distance from the tip of son Kyle attends dental school.
the laser to the fl uorescence,” he continues.
Submitted photo
David L. Rush DDS at Fulton Ranch
Because the laser enables much earlier
LIKE HOME: The interior of Fulton Ranch Dental is more like a home setting than a
Dental is located at 4909 S. Alma School Rd.,
cavity detection, Rush can sometimes use dentist’s offi ce. Suite 1. Call 480-895-7070. Business hours
another relatively new technology – air are Tuesdays and alternating Fridays 7:30
abrasion – to remove the decay without driven type. a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
anesthetic or the whine of the drill. Similar to a In addition, the “cosmetically oriented family A second offi ce, Ahwatukee Family Dental, is
sandblasting tool, air-driven abrasive aluminum oxide practice” offers a myriad of other services including located at 11022 S. 51st St., Suite 105 in Phoenix.
powder is sprayed under pressure, cutting through the complex restorative cases, periodontal care, full Business hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays,
tooth. mouth reconstruction and Invisalign orthodontics. Wednesdays, Thursdays and alternating Fridays.
“Because it doesn’t generate heat like a drill Regardless of the reason for a patient’s visit, though, Visit www.ahwatukeefamilydental.com or call
generates heat, you can actually cut through the tooth Rush wants them to feel cared for and “at home” in his 480-893-7674.
to a fairly deep depth without triggering the nerve to offi ce.
fi re,” he explains. “Originally, I really got into dentistry because I
Sharon Schnakenburg is a freelance writer who can be reached
For patients who must go under the drill for other wanted to develop one-on-one relationships with
at Sharon@SanTanSun.com.
reasons, however, Rush uses an electric hand piece patients and to be able to help people.”
instead of the louder, more vibration-intense, air- Rush’s offi ce aesthetics additionally lend to patient
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