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NYC Dentist: Dr. Sandip Sachar
Dr. Sandip Sachar is the founder and owner of Sachar Dental NYC. For her complete bio, including details of her dental education, dental residency training, post graduate Spear Dental Education, and work history, click here for her descriptive page.
Dr. Sachar’s interesting and uplifting story
The rest of this narrative will tell the story of how Dr. Sachar started and grew Sachar Dental NYC to be the large, successful, and beloved practice it is today.
Dr. Sandip Sachar, the early years
Her first dental job!
After finishing dental school and undergoing extensive dental residency training, Dr. Sachar started practicing as an associate dentist in New York City. Her first job out of dental residency was in a private practice in New York City. She set a record for the shortest length employment to date. Her first day on the job, was the day that she quit this job.
Dr. Sachar started treating a young female patient. She was instructed by her dentist boss to perform a procedure that entails filing down her patient’s natural teeth in order to insert a bridge. Having undergone extensive dental training, Dr. Sachar did not feel right performing this procedure when there were alternatives that could save the patient’s natural teeth. She discussed this alternative treatment with her patient who then told Dr. Sachar that she was confused. The other dentist had already informed her that she will be having her teeth filed down in order to get her bridge. She was not given any alternative treatment options prior. When Dr. Sachar’s boss discovered that Dr. Sachar wanted to change the treatment plan, he intervened. He informed Dr. Sachar that she was not to make decisions and just follow his instructions.
At this point, Dr. Sachar decided that her ethics and morals were much more important than this job. She informed her boss that she would no longer be working there. Her first day, was her last day.
Dr. Sachar’s second dental job, a complete 180.
Dr. Sachar’s second job after her dental training was a complete 180° change from her first job. Dr. Sachar loved this job. She established herself with an excellent reputation within the community of her patients. Her patients loved her, and she loved them. Her new boss was kind and generous, and was like a mentor to her. She was allowed, and encouraged, to make medical decisions that were aligned with her ethics, morals and medical training. Her boss was equally ethical, and provided guidance whenever she needed it.
While this sounds like a dream job, there was only one problem. This dental clinic catered to mostly under privileged patients that had Medicaid as their dental insurance. Note: Medicaid is the government run insurance for those who cannot afford their own medical and dental care. This government entitlement program unfortunately, limits the dentist’s ability to perform all available treatment options, nor use all available dental materials.
At the time of her employment in this clinic, Medicaid would dictate that Dr. Sachar could not perform procedures that would save a tooth, rather than extracting it. For example, Medicaid would not pay for a root canal procedure. A root canal procedure can enable a dentist to save a badly decayed and/or infected tooth, rather than extracting it. However, Medicaid would pay only for a tooth extraction.
Dr. Sachar’s philosophy has always been to save as much of the natural teeth as possible for her patients. She was very frustrated in this job that would not allow her to practice exactly like she wanted to. In some cases, Dr. Sachar was able to convince her patients to pay the extra money, if they could afford it, in order to have a root canal, and not extract the tooth. Unfortunately, in many cases, her patients opted for the tooth extraction because that is all the Medicaid insurance would pay for. For these patients, against her beliefs, she was forced to give these patients a referral to an oral surgeon to extract a tooth. Root canals are only one example of many similar situations that Dr. Sachar encountered in this clinic.
Dr. Sachar’s third job
Dr. Sachar’s next job found her in a very busy practice in Midtown Manhattan. This dental clinic was one that accepted and participated in all insurances.
Dr. Sachar has always been extremely empathetic, and caring about her patients. After procedures, she would have them follow up regularly in order to monitor their progress and intervene when necessary to ensure that their dental care went well. After a short amount of time, a conflict arose with her boss when Dr. Sachar would bring her patients back regularly for follow-ups, after their dental procedures. With the above-mentioned insurances, follow-up visits were not reimbursed, and hence, not profitable.
Dr. Sachar’s boss took her aside and informed her that she could not perform these regular follow-ups with her patients after procedures. He informed her that she was not using their time efficiently in order to make a profit. After this conversation, Dr. Sachar decided to leave this job.
How Sachar Dental NYC was started
After the above experiences, Dr. Sachar came to a conclusion. “If I want to treat patients the way I want to treat them, and if I want them to get the care that I would want for myself or my family, then I must start my own practice.” In 2002, Sachar Dental NYC became a reality to fulfill Dr. Sachar’s dream practice.
In the early days of Sachar Dental NYC, Dr. Sachar had a small practice. It consisted of one dental exam room, one assistant, one front desk person, and of course, Dr. Sachar. Like every new medical and dental practitioner who starts their own practice, it started off very slowly. Just like every journey starts off with just one step, a new practice starts off with just one patient. Very quickly, Dr. Sachar’s practice started to grow. Within two years, Dr. Sachar had grown a following by word of mouth. Her practice grew from one exam room to three exam rooms, and she hired her first dental hygienist. Her patients loved her and referred their friends, colleagues and family. She did the right thing for her patients by practicing ethically like she always wanted to. Due to her excellent outcomes, empathy and bedside manner, her practice continued to grow.
Unlike her experience with her first three jobs out of her dental training, Dr. Sachar quickly realized that by doing the right thing for your patients, growth and success come organically, and naturally. By treating her patients like family, ethically and morally, her patients quickly became her biggest advocates toward her practice’s growth. Her referrals grew, and continue to grow to this day.
Today, Sachar Dental NYC is a full service, multispecialty, one stop dental practice for all of your dental needs. We have multiple exam rooms, an in-house dental laboratory, four dentists, two specialists, three hygienists and a large office staff.
In addition to our highly skilled general dentists, cosmetic dentists and dental hygienists, we also have on our team, a periodontist, prosthodontist and dental implant specialist, in our office. We routinely perform simple dental cleanings and checkups all the way to complex dental surgery such as full mouth reconstructions, dental implant surgery, and smile makeovers.
How and why Sachar Dental NYC became green
Dr. Sachar has always practiced with a philosophy of being conservative by using the least invasive procedures possible. However, Sachar Dental NYC was not always such a “green practice”. Along with some other principles, green dentistry is a term used described the high-tech approach to performing dentistry with the goal of reducing the exposure to toxic materials.
Dr. Sachar became aware of the toxicity that is associated with using dental materials, after investigating the many causes of cancer in our society. Unfortunately, this research was performed after her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. With no family history of cancer, and no obvious reason why her mom would be diagnosed with cancer, Dr. Sachar set out to research how this could be true.
Dr. Sachar discovered that many of the foods in the American diet contain carcinogenic ingredients as do many of the products that we come in contact with every day. For example, many of the plastics we use every day in our lives contain BPA, a known endocrine disruptor and carcinogen.
In general, Dr. Sachar researched and set out to discover if there was a link between our lifestyles, and exposure to toxins in our environment, and the onset of inflammation and diseases.
During her research, she discovered that many of the products that are used in everyday dentistry for implantation into patients’ mouths contained materials that can be toxic.
Dr. Sachar’s mom recovered and became well. Dr. Sachar became mindful of the use of these toxic materials in dentistry. She made the decision to change her practice to always use the least toxic materials possible, and despite and added cost of these materials, she does not pass them on to her patients. Examples of non-toxic materials used in our practice include:
- Night guards
- And others
Additionally, we only use digital x-rays in order to reduce our patients’ exposure to radiation. We take into consideration our environmental impact and carbon footprint. We reduce the amount of waste that we introduce into the environment. We use clean steam sterilization for instruments. In general, we focus on practicing dentistry while supporting the entire wellness lifestyle. As always, we opt for the least invasive procedures and most conservative options available. In the end, we also create safe and natural-looking restorations while still using the least toxic materials, and high-tech composites and porcelains.
Where is Sachar Dental NYC today?
We are very proud to have treated thousands of New Yorkers like they are part of our family. We invite you to read our reviews and take a look at our before and after pictures:
Dr. Sachar is currently in the process of completing her “Detoxification Certification” and the use of integrative and alternative treatment options where suitable.
As the owner of Sachar Dental NYC, Dr. Sachar has assembled and oversees an interdisciplinary team of doctors, dental experts, and a highly skilled administrative staff.
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