Dr. Sadie Mestman and her friendly, talented, and qualified staff work enthusiastically to create and maintain a comfortable, convenient, safe dental office – an office with a welcoming, calming atmosphere.
The Work of a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
Dental hygienists are highly trained, college-educated health care providers specializing in the prevention and early detection of tooth and gum disease. They are qualified to perform examinations, remove calcified deposits, apply fluoride treatments, and educate patients in proper methods of dental hygiene. The work of dental hygienists is closely regulated with written examinations and licensing required in all states.
The Work of a Dental Assistant (DA)
Our DA’s have many years of training and experience with dental procedures. They assist the dentist during tooth restorations. They are skilled in infection control procedures, maintaining supply inventories, and taking x-rays. The work and educational requirements of dental assistants is subject to state regulation and licensure.
- Rosa, Michelle
- Kathy, Christina, Fernanda
- Claire, Dani, Karen, Lisa
Meet Dr. Sadie Mestman
- 1979 UCLA, Bachelor of Science in Psycho-Biology (BS)
- 1983 University of Pennsylvania, Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Dr. Sadie Mestman has been in private practice in Beverly Hills since 1984. She has lectured for several years to the directors of Head Start in preventive care. She co-authored a book titled, “What to Do for Healthy Teeth” that has been used by thousands of Head Start families. The book is in two languages: Spanish and English. Her main focus is prevention and she believes in preventing dental disease from ever happening. Dr. Mestman was born at UCLA hospital and raised in Beverly Hills.
- Member, American Dental Association
- Member, California Dental Association
- Member, Los Angeles Dental Society
- Lecturer at UCLA to Head Start directors
- Member of Mommy Dentists in Business
- Member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
- American Board Dental Sleep Medicine Diplomate
Dr. Sadie Mestman and staff have recently added their emotional support dog, Cali, to the team. As far as Cali’s role, Dr. Mestman explains, “It really helps calm the patients – adults and children alike – having a sweet, patient, relaxed Canine Assistant at our service. Patients who may be anxious no longer focus on anxious anticipation they may have had; they become more focused on being ‘cared for’ in the dental office.”
Animal-assisted therapy, or use of animals for medical purposes, is not a radically new concept. First explored in the 1800s by nurse Florence Nightingale, today, animals are used in a variety of different medical settings, and research continues to support the benefits.
According to the American Kennel Club, a trained therapy pet needs to pass the Canine Good Citizen test and other tests to then become fully certified. Our Cali has passed with flying colors! Cali, my dog since she was a puppy, has now been trained to be your therapy dog at my office (if you’d like). She loves to cuddle and does a great job of relaxing anxious patients. Cali and I are registered with Pet Partners, an international organization that makes it possible for us to volunteer in community settings like hospitals, libraries, and assisted living residences. We are now volunteering on the weekends as a dog-therapy team at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Even though the requirements to volunteer are quite rigorous, I encourage anyone that has a pet to register and apply as it’s very rewarding. In my office I am following the same protocol used in the hospitals where we spray the patients hands with hand sanitizer before and after petting. Patients have been surprised at how relaxed they feel with Cali lying on or next to them. On more than one occasion, I have observed Cali and my patient both falling asleep during treatment. For some reason the sounds of my drill, suction and air filters seem to put Cali to sleep. Everyone including me gets a release of oxytocin! If you are NOT interested in having Cali on your lap let my staff know as Cali is happy to take breaks! Due to my hospital-grade air filters there have been NO issues with those allergic to animals.