Dr. Tej A. Shah was born and raised in Dover, NH and has spent most of his life in the New England area. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006 with a degree of Information Systems and Human-Computer Interaction. He then worked for Lockheed Martin as a software engineer making video games to help train the U.S. Marines.
Dr. Shah then did the most logical next move: go into dentistry! He graduated from Tufts School of Dental Medicine in 2015 and has worked in many different dental clinics in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
Because Dr. Shah had a different career before becoming a dentist, he is able to see dentistry from an outsiders’ point of view.
Dr. Shah understands the need for full transparency between the doctor and the patient and the role that patient education plays in successful treatment. Dr. Shah is committed to helping the patients help themselves.
Dr. Shah also recognized a way to bring entertainment to the dental chair to soothe his clients. Bringing his love of video games, movies, and music to his dental practice has provided a calming distraction for his clients, who thank him for the most pleasant dental experience they’ve ever had.
In his free time, Dr. Shah plays plenty of video games (his favorite being the Final Fantasy series), watch movies and design software.
Most dental practices are open Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. But we recognize that for many professions, people can’t take time off of work for much needed preventative care. We also know that having a dental emergency is no fun - especially when you can’t find a dentist that will treat you on the weekend.
That’s why Zen Family Dental decided to open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday so that you’ll never miss time at work or school.
We don't have a "new patient" form; we have a "new patient interview". We find out your needs before your first visit. From there, we have an understanding what you are looking for and can schedule you accordingly.
By building the practice from scratch in the year 2020, we can design a practice that already has defenses against COVID rather than having it as an afterthought. We have a screening isolation room before patients are allowed in the waiting room. All of our operatories are a closed system that expunges air rather than recirculate it. This also allows us to put negative pressure in each room to prevent any cross-contamination. We also have a state of the art sterilization and a mouse/keyboard free EHR system not used anywhere else.
Clean a patient’s mouth: it is a clean for a day. Teach a patient to clean their own mouth, you have a clean mouth for a year. There is a surprising amount of work that you, the patient, can do on your own without our help and we want to teach you how. Our goal is to make sure you have all the tools and knowledge you need to stay cavity free.
Our main goal is to prevent problems before they happen. With regular cleanings and proper tools and oral hygiene, our patients can enjoy a clean mouth and stay cavity free.
Having a dental plan isn't all that it's cracked up to be. Although we accept most dental plans out there, we also provide our own “worry free” membership plans in which you pay a fixed amount per month. That way, you can plan your own finances without getting an unexpected bill.
Whether you don’t have insurance at all, or your insurance doesn’t provide the right coverage, we have cash payment plans for all of our patients.
We are in network with Delta Dental and we do accept several other private dental plans, but feel free to call our office to confirm your current coverage.
For alternate payment plans, we accept American Express, VISA, Mastercard, Discover, Apple Pay, and Google Pay.
|Friday||9AM - 5PM|
|Saturday||9AM - 5PM|
|Sunday||9AM - 5PM|
|Monday - Thursday||By Appointment Only|
We are located at 5 Homer Ave. in Ashland (where the "Farmers Ram Market" used to be). You may also park at the spots marked green.
You can also give us a call at (508) 387-3733 or you can stop on by!