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 Negar Safapour, DDS


Q&A with Dr. Safapour:

Q: What got you into this specific medical field?

A: I have always felt a higher calling in life is to help alleviate the suffering of others. The practice of dentistry has allowed me to help do this both reactively and proactively. First, I can help immediately relieve mouth and tooth pain, but second, I can also educate our patients so they can maintain optimal oral health, so they won’t have that type of pain again.

Q: What landed you in your city, and what is it that you like about the neighborhood?

A: I grew up in Southern Marin, and I have always loved Mill Valley and its surrounding areas, with open-air coffee shops, the thriving arts and theater scene, and the many hiking trails around Mount Tamalpais. The Mediterranean-like climate is a perfect place to raise a family, and I am proud to be a member of this community – with its wonderful nature-culture balance.

Q: Where did you receive your undergraduate and professional degrees, and did you participate in any residencies?

A: I received my Undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Sacramento State University. I then went on to Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for my Doctorate and spent one year in Albany, New York in a Residency at Lutheran Medical Center.

Q: Do you belong to any professional associations?

A: I am a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Redwood Empire Dental Association, and the Petaluma and Mill Valley Chambers of Commerce.

Q: What year did you begin practicing?

A: 2002

Q: What investments in your practice equipment and facilities have you made?

A: Our Mill Valley office is proud to offer Digital Radiography to our patients. This process emits up to 90% less radiation than a conventional film system and eliminating toxic chemical waste. These are important reasons we invested in this new technology. We also have the most updated ultrasonic sterilization equipment to ensure the cleanest equipment is used on our patients. In keeping with our values of providing eco-sensitive Dentistry, we have prepared to go paperless and chartless.

Q: What procedures do you feel your practice excels in above others?

A: We excel with any procedure involving aesthetic and cosmetic dentistry. From veneers to full porcelain crowns, teeth whitening to implants, we have an excellent channel of communication with highly rated laboratories to design the best restoration the first time around.

Q: What are the most challenging parts of your everyday practice?

A: As primarily a PPO private practice and in-network with over 15 dental insurance companies, it is a challenge to see limitations in insurance coverage. As challenging as it may be, I will always spend extra time providing additional documentation that will help explain the diagnosis and the treatment necessity. My office has the necessary expertise to maximize your insurance benefits and minimize your out-of-pocket expense.

Q: What are the best moments that make it worthwhile?

A: Worthwhile moments include receiving inspirational reviews from patients, and watching patients transition from new patients to becoming our advocates, referring other loved ones and friends because of the quality of their experiences in our dental office.

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