At Artisan Dental, Dr. Mary Isaacs and Dr. Christine Nguyen don’t just treat symptoms, they get to the root cause (excuse the pun) of the dental issues that can have a significant impact on the quality of your life. To do this, the doctors are always pushing themselves and the dental industry forward.
“We are constantly educating ourselves.We do extensive training and we use the latest technology, appliances, and procedures,” explains Dr. Isaacs, who has been serving the local community at Artisan Dental for more than 25 years. “We are truly oral physicians, not just tooth fixers. We’re about more than just pretty smiles, but we can do the pretty smiles, too!”
From prevention to diagnosis and treatment, Artisan Dental takes pride in caring for the whole patient, not just the troubled teeth. The practice takes a comprehensive, health-centered, and holistic approach to medicine and offers the latest in general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and laser dentistry, as well as bio-rejuvenation dentistry and sleep therapy, about which Dr. Isaacs is particularly passionate.
Dr. Isaacs recently became the first Vivos Integrated Provider in Central Florida, which means Artisan Dental now offers a noninvasive, nonsurgical treatment option to restore normal breathing and improve the overall health and wellness of sleep-apnea patients and those with sleep-disordered breathing.
“We are so excited about being able to offer this revolutionary procedure,” says Dr. Isaacs. “Sleeping and breathing affects overall wellbeing in a big way. What the Vivos System does is help grow the bone and widen the arches of the mouth, which opens up the airway to the way it is genetically predispositioned to be.”
In order to diagnose whether or not a patient has a sleep disorder, Artisan Dental partners with a patient’s physician. Warning signs include snoring, frequent sleep interruptions, chronic fatigue, morning headaches, and high blood pressure, which can lead to heart attacks, strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, and more.
“We want to help treat the whole body,” explains Dr. Isaacs, who along with her hygienist is a trained myofunctional therapist, working with patients to strengthen muscles in the mouth. “Often, symptoms show up in the mouth that are signs of what is really going on inside the body. Worn teeth and acid erosion could be signs of sleep-disordered breathing. Mouth disease can also lead to things like diabetes and heart conditions.”
The addition of the Vivos System complements Dr. Isaacs’s passion for bio-rejuvenation dental medicine. She looks at a patient’s previous history and puts the pieces together to discover the underlying cause of problems in the chewing system and the airway.
Excellence through Education
Besides her general dentistry expertise, Dr. Nguyen specializes in safe mercury removal, removing fillings without causing toxicity to the body. She has also completed advanced training in facially-generated treatment planning, occlusion, restorative design, and restoring dental implants.
“Dr. Nguyen and I are in sync with our vision and purpose to find the underlying cause of what’s going on,” says Dr. Isaacs. “We get to know our patients so we can develop a co-treatment plan to achieve the health they want. We partner with our patients as dental health coaches and they become like family. We want to help people become the best versions of themselves. We truly believe we can save someone’s life by helping improve the quality of their life. Every one of our staff members receives ongoing training and adds to Artisan Dental’s success and the wellbeing of our patients.”
Dr. Isaacs believes in educating her staff, patients, and the public on the latest advances in dental care and hosts educational seminars twice a month at the office. She is also working on her Diplomate from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, which will earn her the highest status in that speciality.
A Sisterhood of Service
For the past 25 years, Artisan Dental has assisted local youth through its Women in Science Scholarship program, which supports female high-school seniors pursuing a STEM-related career. One senior from each of five area schools receives a $1,000 scholarship toward a college of their choice.
Dr. Isaacs has been married to her high-school sweetheart, Tony, for 35 years and has two college-aged daughters. She is a dental volunteer and travels annually to Nicaragua to provide free dentistry to women rescued from human trafficking, and Dr. Isaacs is also a Eucharistic Minister to the sick.
“It has always been my mission and my purpose to help others,” she says.