Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

El Dorado Hills Dental: A family dentistry serving other families

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DR. JAMES COPE, left, stands with his wife, Kimberly, the office manager, and son, Dr. Ben Cope, near their dental practice in El Dorado Hills. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

Taking “fear” out of dental visits is the ongoing goal of this family-owned El Dorado Hills dental office.

Located at 1220 Suncast Lane, in El Dorado Hills, Dr. Jim Cope and his wife, Kimberly, began El Dorado Hills Dental in 1987.

“It’s dentistry for the entire family,” said Kimberly Cope, RN. “We also do a lot of dental implants and cosmetic dentistry.”

She added, “Another great feature we offer is IV sedation for patients who need it, something that only a few general dentists in the Sacramento area are certified to do.”

According to their son, Dr. Ben Cope, when El Dorado Hills Dental began, there was only one other dentist in El Dorado Hills. Now, this dental practice is seeing its third generation of Copes working within its walls.

“I originally wanted to get into computers,” Ben said. “But then I went with my dad on a humanitarian trip to Mexico about nine years ago. As I was working with patients and saw how fixing teeth and relieving pain affected these people who had no access to dental care, it changed my perspective and I wanted to do that. The biggest benefit of being a dentist is seeing the happy changes that can happen.”

Jim said that being able to administer IV sedation has made a huge difference in the lives of patients who otherwise would not be able to get their dental work done.

“IV sedation is for people who are so paralyzed with fear that they will ignore their dental problems,” Jim said. “So they live with pain and lose teeth and the ability to chew. These patients can have many dental problems fixed in one visit with IV sedation … and wake up without remembering any drilling or shots or pain.”

With over 8,000 patients of record, the experienced staff at El Dorado Hills Dental provide the latest in dental technology including digital X-rays, gentle cleanings in the hands of skilled hygienists, extractions, dentures and “white” fillings, and they accept most dental insurances. Other financial options are available including Care Credit.

Having been in operation for 26 years does have its benefits. Many of their patients are the children or even children’s children of an original patient.

“I think the friendships that we’ve made with our patients are wonderful,” Kimberly said. “We really care about our patients and care about them outside the dental office too. We care about their lives, their families, their children, and I think it shows. We try to give old-fashioned service with high-tech quality.”

Ben added that he recently did a filling on a patient who was first seen by his grandfather and then his father.

For young and old alike, staff at El Dorado Hills Dental will go out of their way to cater to patients’ needs, whether that is simply providing a pillow or blanket, or helping patients get the most from their dental insurance.

”I think people really trust us,” Jim said. “This is an era of some dental practices being owned by big corporations. People will sometimes be ‘over-diagnosed;’ told that they need thousands of dollars’ worth of dental work. On many occasions I have had patients come back to us for a second opinion, and find that a more conservative approach is better for the patient. Our goal is to take care of the needs — no more, no less. As a result, our patients really trust us.”

For more information, call El Dorado Hills Dental at 916-933-9080.

Charlotte Sanchez-Kosa

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