By Debbie Hall
Child & Adult General Dentistry, Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry, Porcelain Veneers, SnapOn Smile, Invisalign, Dental Implants
Eastern Canyon Dental is the vision of Dr. Joel Stokes featuring the latest in restorative and preventative dentistry adding his personal approach to family dental care. Dr. Stokes decided at age thirteen that he wanted to be a dentist and followed his dream. Besides earning his doctorate from the Dental School at the University of the Pacific, San Francisco, Dr. Stokes has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education with emphasis in preventative, cosmetic and restorative dentistry.
His extensive focus on comprehensive dentistry is combined with his dedication for one to one interaction with patients and helping them to look and feel better in a high trust, low stress environment. Some of the newest procedures his practice offers include non-metallic dentistry, Invisalign, dental implants and porcelain veneers.
“I understand going to the dentist can be an anxious time and I want to put everyone at ease.”
Why did you become a dentist?
“My dentist in San Diego always seemed to be happy about the work he did. He was truly a professional and he encouraged me to go to dental school. In fact his daughter also became a dental hygienist. I felt that being a dentist would allow me to provide a needed health care service.”
Why do you have such a passion for dentistry?
“I understand that sometimes not everyone is able to keep up with their regular dental care. I never judge anyone. I only want to help people get back on track with their dental care and help them maintain good health.
“I meet and interact with individuals and community groups to help inform our community about how our dental office can help elevate the level of dental health with a high trust and low stress environment.”
What is your relationship with your patients?
“Time is very valuable and I don’t want my patients to wait for me. Each patient is greeted and brought back to the exam room as soon as they enter the office within five minutes of their arrival. Once a patient is seated, I am there ready to treat them. I understand going to the dentist can be an anxious time and I want to put everyone at ease.”
What measures do you take for safety of your patients?
“To add to everyone’s sense of security, I make certain that each patient and their family understands that the protection of a patient’s health is at the top of my standards. Our office takes extra measures to coordinate each patient’s medical and dental care. I designed my current office with a state-of-the-art sterilization room and all staff strictly adheres to all OSHA and CDC sterilization standards. All instruments remain sealed in a sterile field until opened for the specific patient.”
What charities about good dentistry can you recommend?
“As for local charities and events related to dentistry, February is Child Dental Month, and the American Dental Association offers Give Kids A Smile program that people can support, volunteer and donate their time and skills.”
What advice can you give for good dental health?
“Prevention is the key. Constant monitoring and consistent care allows the patient to spend the least amount of time in the dental chair with the least amount of cost long term.”
What about your personal life?
“I am married to Sandy and we have three children. Adam is a local attorney, Alexis a dental hygienist and Jesse attends college and plans on attending medical school.”
8605 S. Eastern Ave. Suite A
Las Vegas, NV 89123