About Zachary Reagan, DMD
Dr. Reagan is a member of the American Dental Association as well as the Maine Dental Association. His main focus is providing his patients with a comfortable and supportive environment while helping them achieve a healthy and confident smile. In his free time Dr. Reagan enjoys reading, cooking, and yoga, but most of all spending time with his family: his wife, daughter, son, and beautiful pug. Dr. Reagan is extremely excited to be at Saco River Dentistry and is looking forward to getting to know you.
What do you enjoy most about being a dentist?
Without question, the thing I enjoy most is meeting new patients and helping find a way to keep them happy and anxiety-free while in the dental chair. One of the best parts of my day is making patients comfortable throughout what can be a daunting experience. I’ve found that occasional singing helps!
How would you briefly describe your patient care philosophy?
Spending the time to sit down and understand how a patient wants to be treated is the cornerstone for how I approach patient care. Each person is unique in that they come to the dental office with preconceived notions of “what the dentist is,” and “what I need for my mouth.” I believe it is my responsibility as a care provider for both of us to embark upon a journey to discover how to help bring them back to the best oral health they can achieve.
Are there any particular moments in your career that stand out for you?
When I was a recent addition to the SRD family, I had the opportunity to meet a patient experiencing one of the worst days of their lives. They had broken a number of teeth and were in agonizing pain. One of the things I will never forget is coming in to meet the patient and them saying to me, “If you put your fingers in my mouth, I will bite them!” This demonstrates the level of anxiety and pain that the patient was experiencing in the moment. After talking for a while, we decided that it would be impossible to bite me if I only used a mirror. I am proud to say after working with this patient for a few years, they no longer have any fear of the dentist and are working on starting a career as a dentist for themselves.
What’s the top advice you have for someone who is looking for a dentist?
Find a provider who is someone you can trust and understands what you need from them from both an emotional and a dental perspective.