5 Reasons to Visit Uptown Dental Associates

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Dentists — and dental offices — are not all the same. At Uptown Dental Associates, we believe quality dental care is about much more than keeping your teeth and gums in the best shape possible. (Although, of course, that is a top priority for us!)

We understand that many people are traumatized, even scarred, by negative experiences in the past. We believe that dental visits don’t have to be something to fear. To the contrary, we know that they can actually be pleasant. And that’s just what we’ve created: a better, anxiety-free dental experience. One that combines second-to-none clinical care with spa-like amenities.

We also strive to offer convenience with our wide range of services and family friendliness.

In this post, we’ve listed five excellent reasons you should consider making Uptown Dental Associates your dental home.

To experience compassionate dentistry in Albuquerque, NM, call us at 505-407-8781. We can’t wait to hear from you.


Reason #1: We Treat the Whole Family

Many people take their children to a pediatric dentist and go to a practitioner who treats only adults themselves. And that’s just fine — if you like to spend time running around town to different offices.

At Uptown Dental Associates, we are a family dentist. This means we are trained in and experienced with treating patients of all ages, from young children to seniors. This offers benefits for you and your family.

You can make all of your family’s appointments for the same day and get them taken care of with just one car ride. This means less gas is used and less time is wasted on the road!

It promotes continuity of care. Your children will not be kicked out of our office when they reach a certain age. We get to know their mouths well for optimal care and we develop a strong personal relationship too!


Reason #2: We Offer a Wide Range of Services

At Uptown Dental Associates, we offer the services that you and your family need. Everyone, of course, should come to us every six months for a cleaning and exam. We also have additional preventive services to keep your family’s smiles healthy: fluoride treatments, sealants, and athletic mouthguards.

We have an extensive menu of cosmetic dentistry procedures including  Invisalign, dental veneers, teeth whitening, gum reshaping, and smile makeovers. If you are suffering from gum recession, we can restore your gum health with the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique.

If your teeth are damaged or decayed, we can repair them beautifully with a root canal, a custom crown, or a tooth-colored filling.

We can make an incomplete smile whole again with a dental implant, bridge, or a conventional or implant denture.

We perform oral surgery — gum and tooth grafting, extractions, and wisdom tooth removal — in office.

Plus, we offer help for TMJ and headache pain, halitosis, and more.


Reason #3: We Keep You Calm & Comfortable

You will notice the difference the moment you step foot in our office. It’s exquisitely decorated in soothing colors. Our waiting area is invitingly and attractively furnished. We have a Keurig machine so you can enjoy a hot coffee or tea while you wait.

Once you’re settled into the dentist’s chair, we want to make sure you’re comfortable. So we have soft pillows and warm blankets on hand. Most of our exam rooms face our beautiful Spanish-style courtyard with its colorful fountain. We also have private care rooms if you’d like extra privacy. We can provide you with a set of headphones to drown out noise and keep you blissfully distracted.

We understand that some patients with dental anxiety will need more than music and a great view to calm their nerves. So at Uptown Dental Associates, we offer three levels of dental sedation to settle those nerves.

  • Inhaled sedation is the mildest form. You breathe in the gas through a small mask placed over your nose. This is completely safe, even for children, and the effects wear off immediately. You will be able to drive yourself home after your appointment.
  • Oral conscious sedation is a prescription pill that you take before your appointment. You will need a ride to and from your appointment.
  • IV sedation is the strongest form we offer. You won’t be completely knocked out during your treatment — you will be able to communicate with us — but you likely won’t remember much after the fact. If you receive IV sedation, you will need to arrange a ride home from our office.


Reason #4: Advanced Technology Delivers Superior Care

Aside from just being awesome, dental technology enables us to give you better and more comfortable care than was ever possible in the past. Here at Uptown Dental Associates, we track of all of the latest innovations in dentistry and adopt the advancements that we believe will most benefit our patients. A few examples:

  • Digital X-rays provide sharp, computerized images that we can easily enlarge and focus. And they do so while exposing you, the patient, to just a fraction of the radiation of conventional X-rays.
  • Our NV Pro 3 dental laser enables us to gently reshape your gums with minimal pain and bleeding.
  • The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique treats gum recession without gum grafts, scalpels, or sutures.


Reason #5: Free Second Opinions Give You Confidence in Your Decision

If you’ve been given advice by another dentist and aren’t quite sure whether you should go ahead and follow it, come to Uptown Dental Associates for a totally free second opinion. Dr. Shepherd is a graduate of Harvard Dental School and completes hours of continuing education every year to stay on top of the latest developments in the field. You can trust his judgement.


To schedule an appointment for compassionate dentistry at Uptown Dental Associates, fill out our convenient online form and we will get back to you quickly. Or call our Albuquerque, NM office at 505-407-8781.