At my physician's urging, I urgently needed an evaluation by a qualified general dentist to rule out an abscess or other dental-related cause for periodic fever. I was referred by a first cousin, a periodontist who practices in Sugarland, to Dr. Dale J. Brant of Medical Center Dental Group. My cousin said, "This is EXACTLY the guy you need to see; he's whip-smart, excellent chair-side manner, and a superb professional."
Dr. Brant and his staff completely lived up to that recommendation: They worked me into their schedule much quicker than I would have ever thought possible. His staff showed all the signs of having worked closely together for a long time, like pieces of a fine Swiss watch, in supporting his practice of the art and science of dentistry.
Dr. Brant's chair-side manner was indeed exceptionally warm; he pitched the level of detail in his diagnoses, explanations, and recommendations PERFECTLY given my particular needs and ability to follow, with no hiding behind jargon. He did rule out abscess or other dental problems as a possible cause of my fevers, and shared his x-rays and other records with both my physician and, as it turns out, my cousin the periodontist, who I will need to see on a non-urgent basis for treatment of periodontic disease. Some or all of that work Dr. Brant is also qualified to do himself — but knowing who'd referred me, he made absolutely no attempt to "upsell me" or persuade me to let him undertake that periodontic work. We also discussed some other general dentistry issues based on his exam, including addressing my teeth-grinding and sleep apnea/restricted airway issues, for which I intend to return to him for treatment.
And his fees were very reasonable — much less than I had expected and would gladly have paid.
In short, I left Dr. Brant's office feeling completely confident that I've found my new general dentist, upon whom I can rely in both the short and long term. Even in a community marked by fine teaching hospitals and dental schools and all sorts of world-class health professionals, Dr. Brant is a gem. Read more