Dr. Sandra L. Vargas believes in communication, compassion and yes, technology. “As the owner of North Atlanta Family Dentistry, my philosophy is to provide the highest quality dental health care for our patients in a professional, compassionate, and comfortable environment," she says. "All of the associate dentists and hygienists in my practice are well-trained, have gentle hands, and practice with the patient’s needs and concerns in mind. I hope to alleviate any anxieties you may have about dentistry, and to provide you with a positive, compassionate and exceptional dental experience.”
Dr. Vargas received her D.M.D. from the Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine Advanced Standing Program, Boston, Massachusetts and her D.D.S. from the prestigious Javeriana University, Bogota, Colombia. Now, she has an established practice with offices in Johns Creek and Cumming.
She has made philanthropy a priority in her career. Dr. Vargas is a board member of Portal de Salud and a founding member of Together We Smile LLC. Portal de Salud is a local charity that provides a path to healthcare for the part of our local population that doesn’t have the language skills or the education needed to find healthcare. Together We Smile was founded by Dr. Vargas and John Jennings to address the desperate need for basic healthcare for populations in Colombia and other Central and South American countries. While her dedication to giving is a priority, her foundation is her dental practice.
Your dentistry services range from restorative procedures like fillings to detecting early signs of oral cancer. Through an X-ray, you can identify tumors that may be hiding under the surface of your gums. The earlier you can spot cancer, the better chance you have of fighting it. Tell us about some other health issues that dentists can help with and the technology behind them.
North Atlanta Family Dentistry is a modern, digital dental practice. This allows us to provide increased precision and quicker procedures, leading to elevated patient comfort levels and a less painful dental experience. Modern technology creates more inclusion for our patients by giving us very detailed information to aid our doctors and patients in making more informed decisions.
What new technology are you excited about sharing with patients?
We recently started using Pearl-AI (artificial intelligence) in both of our locations. AI is able to diagnose our X-rays in a way that cannot be done by the eye or other technologies available. With AI we are getting an immediate second opinion
Pearl is an innovative AI platform, acclaimed for its accuracy and cleared by multiple international regulatory bodies, including the FDA. This groundbreaking technology aids us in reading your dental X-rays with unprecedented precision and confidence. We believe this powerful tool will usher in an even higher level of transparency, objectivity, and accuracy in our practice.
Pearl employs machine learning algorithms trained on the world’s largest collection of expertly annotated dental radiographs, ensuring reliability and accuracy. The software is smart and very powerful, but it is not meant to replace the dentist. It simply serves as an always-on assistant, strengthening our practice’s diagnostic performance and making it easier for you to understand what’s going on in your X-rays.
How does your team keep abreast of the latest tools and technology?
Our team enjoys providing dental care to our community and we enjoy our profession. Evolving our practice with the latest technology keeps us more in touch with dentistry and allows us to provide the best experience for our patients.
North Atlanta Family Dentistry treats patients of all ages with an array of dental professionals who can treat any oral health issue.
With locations in Johns Creek and Cumming, they provide a full range of dental services including dental implants and sedation dentistry.
Together We Smile, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, provides help for those struggling for basic life needs in impoverished communities in Colombia and other areas of South and Central America.