Thu 4 Feb 2010
Imagine a world where going to the dentist no longer involves needles or drills. Then, think about the possibilities of a paperless dental office where x-rays are digital. Build on that image by visualizing the comfiest of dental chairs, each equipped with its own widescreen TV…
At Issaquah Highlands, there’s no need to imagine such a place. Highlands Kids Dentistry, which opened February 1, offers all this – and more – right in our neighborhood. Founded by Dr. Shadi Araghi, who tells us that her name rhymes with “froggy,” Highlands Kids Dentistry is unlike any dentist office you’ve ever visited.
Highlands Kids Dentistry offers the latest technology in pediatric dentistry. Dr. Araghi uses lasers instead of needles and drills for most procedures, minimizing much of the pain and discomfort associated with the dentist’s chair. The use of lasers also reduces the need for anesthesia.
Highlands Kids Dentistry also uses digital x-rays to minimize exposure, as well as an intra-oral minicam during visits. These new technologies offer safer and more precise dental care. According to Dr. Araghi, the practice was designed from a child’s point of view to create a relaxed environment – even for the most nervous of visitors. Highlands Kids Dentistry has a familiar atmosphere filled with books, toys and games. Parents can also bring their child’s favorite DVD to play on the widescreen TV that faces the dental chair.
Dr. Araghi, who is a pediatric dentist, specializes in treating children from birth to age 18. Typically,
pediatric dentists like Dr. Araghi train two to three years more than general dentists in order to gain expertise in children’s dentistry. In the case of Dr. Araghi, she practiced general dentistry for seven years before completing her pediatric residency, also at Tufts. During her residency, Dr. Araghi focused on the use of lasers, pediatric sedation, orthodontics, and on treating patients with special needs. She also completed a pediatric rotation at the New England Medical Center.
For adults in Issaquah Highlands, the best is yet to come. Highlands Kids Dentistry isn’t only about kids. The practice also offers dentistry for adults. Dr. Araghi will be joined at the practice by her husband, Dr. Ray Besharati. Dr. Besharati is also a dentist, but only treats adults. The practice will offer dentistry for adults including laser treatments and digital x-rays, as well as whitening and Microscopic dentistry, in the same relaxed and welcoming environment.
Highlands Kids Dentistry is open six days a week and offers appointments on evenings and Saturdays. All new patients will receive a $20 visa gift card as part of the welcome package and for each referral. Free teeth whitening is also offered to new adult patients. The office is located at 2520 NE Park Drive. More information is available at www.highlandskidsdentistry.com or by calling 425-996-0457.