Greater Lansing Business Monthly

Dentists that Pamper

When was the last time you felt pampered and relaxed at your dentist’s office?

While it may seem inconceivable to the 50 percent of Americans whose anxiety and fear of pain keeps them from regular checkups, an enjoyable spa-like dental
experience is possible, and it is available in the Lansing area. For Dr. Martin Valley, founder of Valley Dental Spa in Okemos who has spent the past 12 years practicing dentistry in the community, the dental spa concept fits well with his mission to serve his patients. His office manager and wife, Dawn, explained why they embraced the model for the new office they built and opened in April 2004.

Marty is also a lay minister, and part of his goal in dentistry is for this to be his ministry because he really can’t do both full time. There are not enough hours in a day. There are a lot of great dentists in the Lansing and Okemos area, so to be a great dentist that is not enough. He wants to be a servant…. The spa idea started from there. He wanted to find a way that he could be more than what people expect. So, for people to have a great experience with dentistry, to him, is a service.”

In October 2003. The Valleys and the entire staff attended the American Dental Association’s (ADA) annual session in San Francisco where they had an opportnity to study the latest in patient pampering methods and how to incorporate them into their practice.

Valley Dental Spa offers proven relaxation methods during the patient’s entire visit. Techniques such as paraffin hand dips, warm neck rolls, heated booties, soothing eye masks, and hand and shoulder massage.