By Erika Webb
It's impossible not to feel comfortable around Dr. Carlos Medina, even though he is a dentist. The atmosphere in the office at DeLand Dental is friendly and upbeat. The staff is happy and laughter is abundant. Could it be the laughing gas?
The consistently positive reviews on medical website Wellness.com indicate something is going very right at DeLand Dental, where it's all about a "beautiful smile."
So much so, the office is surrounded by a white "tooth" fence.
In addition to preventive care, oral surgery and endodontics, DeLand Dental specializes in lava and zirconium crowns, veneers, Lumineers, dental implants and Invisalign Braces. Their in-house lab provides fast, professional service for dentures, partials and repairs.
Since a beautiful smile showcases the rest of the face, Dr. Medina performs other cosmetic treatments including Botox injections and dermal fillers.
DeLand Dental has been serving West Volusia for 25 years; Dr. Medina has owned it for 11. He said there are two primary reasons the practice has successfully endured.
"We have an impeccable reputation and we care for our patients like family," he said.
He's not just uttering marketing buzzwords. The waiting room doesn't feel like one. The chairs are comfortable. The television is on. Patients from children to the elderly, several family members there at once for cleanings or other procedures and working-class people on lunch breaks all seem at ease.
Affordability is another chief concern at DeLand Dental. Low fees, large discount offers and financing with approved credit are all designed to make quality dental care attainable for everyone.
Dr. Medina said though he plans to open more offices in Central Florida, he intends to practice most of the time in the DeLand office. Apparently he's comfortable there, too.
"Over the years I've seen a growing commitment to the Downtown DeLand area, where my business is located," he said. "The continued improvements generate a true hometown feeling."
Office manager Sony Soto starts to laugh as she describes working for Dr. Medina in what she calls "an easy-going, stress-free" environment.
"We come to work and it's like going on an adventure," she said. "I just love him. He's so fun and because of that the patients love him."
DeLand Dental is at 240 E. New York Ave., DeLand. Call (386) 736-7309. For information and discount offers visit www.delanddental.com. Se Habla Espanol.