At Developmental Dentistry, our goal is to provide people of all ages with holistic wellness and non-surgical therapies for symptoms related to craniofacial malformation, TMJ pain and sleep disordered breathing. We imagine a world in which not only are adults freed from pain and sleep disordered breathing but, one in which the next generations are prevented from enduring the consequences of poor airway development.
Our office is leaving the fillings, crowns, and cleanings to the very special and important relationship you have with your primary dentist and focusing on the foundation in which those teeth are held.
Improper bite and alignment of the teeth are the result and not the cause of a patient’s craniofacial disorder. When the maxilla, mandible, palate or tongue do not grow to their full potential, the result is a child with a compromised airway. This child then grows into an adult with a greater risk of systemic disease, physical as well as emotional disorders and even premature death.
Sleep disordered breathing is a medical condition with a dental solution. When it is associated with underdeveloped upper and lower jaws it can be related to very serious health conditions.
In order to achieve the best treatment outcomes for our patients, we believe in an integrated approach with other practitioners. We welcome forming relationships with all of the specialty and primary providers that may be needed in order to get the best results possible.
THE DEVELOPMENTAL DENTISTRY TREATMENT TEAM
Dr. Evie Sabet, DDS
Instead of only introducing myself through a traditional bio, I have decided to share with you my WHY.
The word WHY has inspired not only my professional career but my personal life as well.
WHY has caused me to dig deeper into my impact as a practitioner and the effect that the power of understanding a patient’s WHY can have. Understanding that WHY can heal and even change the length and trajectory of a patient’s life.
As a general dentist for the past twelve years, I have had the opportunity to treat cases ranging from the most complicated full mouth reconstructions to the simplest of fillings. As each case presented, I began to wonder WHY. WHY did the patient get to this point, WHY are they in pain, WHY are their teeth failing them? Then there was the biggest WHY of all. WHY isn’t the patient’s overall health not being addressed in connection with this condition? The question of WHY lead my search into this greater connection. The more I searched the more I came to understand the vital connection between the dental arches and the airway. Once I understood this connection, the WHY for so many of my patients was finally answer!
Airway focused dentistry has become my passion. With every patient I help the drive to impact even more patients’ lives becomes even stronger. That is WHY I founded Developmental Dentistry, to bring healing, health, and longevity to all those we serve.
I look forward to meeting you!
Dr. Julienne “Evie” Sabet is an accomplished general dentist who focuses on craniofacial development, airway health, and TMJ disorders. She has also served as a clinical advisor, retail founder, and product developer. She attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate education then completed her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Maryland. She has practiced in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, public health clinics, private practice, and teaching facilities. Dr. Sabet has designed multiple consumer and dental products and proudly holds multiple patents. She founded Waggletooth, a pet oral health retail company in 2017. She also serves as the clinical advisor for Servant Health and Tomahawk Safety, where she works supplying American made PPE to organizations in need. As a dentist she has made it her personal goal to help her fellow health care professionals get back to work safely during the pandemic. In addition to her professional positions and dental practice, Dr.Sabet is also a proud wife and mother of three.
Patty Lane, CDA
Steve Jobs famously said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
Richard Branson says: “There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions in a way that serves the world and you.”
Or, better yet Confucius said “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,”
A large body of evidence-based career advice says, yes, those who are passionate about what they do will be both happier and more productive at work. Their passion stems from caring deeply about what they do or where they work and being personally invested in and motivated by its mission.
Do you need to be passionate about your job to be happy and successful?
Well, that depends on who you ask…
As for me, that’s the purpose of my career in the “2nd 50 years” of my life.
To back up…I started working in the dental office as a teenager in 1986. I was in a program that allowed me to experience different professions in the medical field. I worked as an intern in a dental office until the summer it was time to leave for college. I turned down that career path, my nursing scholarship and had already feel in love with the dental office. I attended a program at the Medical College of Virginia and became a Certified Dental Assistant. Many years and a few great mentors in the dental office later, I had felt I had reached as far as my career path could take me. I started thinking of quitting.
It was 2001 that I first heard a testimonial from a patient at a SC state dental meeting that shared how she had suffered with TMD pain, struggled to live, thought about suicide and then was rehabilitated. I have been focusing my continuing education on that ever since! Most of that CE through LVI Global, a dental school that focuses on the comprehensive care and physiologic connection important to treat TMJ and Sleep Apnea diagnosed patients. I am always saddened by how many years, minsdiagnosises and providers my patients have been through to seek help. Dubbed the TMJ girl in most of the offices I have been in, I am super proud of how well I understand my patients, their varied symptoms and how each therapy is different. That has lead me to be educated in airway development/sleep apnea since that is a leading factor in how patients start with TMD pain.
Fast forward to 2021. I love helping adults and teens recover from their TMJ disfunction BUT what about preventing the problem? What about growing a generation that doesn’t become one of my adult pain patients? What about educating the next generation’s parents to spot the issues their children are dealing with before they become those unhealthy, painful adults?
Well…welcome to Developmental Dentistry in Durham, NC. I’m excited and inspired to see that vision happen through parent education, co therapies with providers that communicate the health of their patients for our current and next generation. We can’t treat what we can’t diagnose AND what we can’t diagnose what we can’t see. Educating parents is the biggest part of what is the “why” in what I do in my “2nd 50 years”. I want to show parents how what they see going on in their child’s mouth and face shape is related to their health symptoms and what they are noticing at home.
I can't wait to meet you and your family at Developmental Dentistry.