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About Us

Nelson Dental Care (formerly the Smile Studio) has a very simple but important goal: to take everything patients’ love about the Smile Studio and continue to improve upon it. Dr. James R. Nelson was specifically chosen by Dr. Harry Batt to take over the practice because he knew Dr. Nelson would be able to maintain the practice’s high quality of both service and care.

Dr. Nelson’s personal approach to dentistry involves providing conservative and customized care for each patient in order to meet all of their needs both in and out of the treatment chair. He’s able to do this because he, along with his team, are continually educating themselves to use the latest and most advanced technology. Above all else, he strives to do everything with integrity, because out of everything he provides for his patients, he knows that the most important thing is trust.

Mission Statement: Improve the quality of life of our patients transforming smiles & dental healthOur Mission

Nelson Dental Care is a friendly, professional dental office providing exceptional quality dental and preventative care in a relaxed, comfortable and caring environment. 

Our mission is to improve the quality of life of our patients by transforming their smiles and dental health. We do this by developing long-term relationships with our patients, making them feel important, heard and respected, and always striving to do our best.

Remarkable customer service is our goal. We accomplish this by focusing on clear communications and an excellent patient experience.

cartoon depiction of handshakeTrustworthy & Honest

We’ll only recommend the treatments that you absolutely need to meet your dental goals, and we’ll give you all the information necessary so that you can make confident decisions about your dental care. We’ll always present you with options, but the final decision will be yours.

cartoon message bubbleQuality, Friendly Care

We’ll make sure that your treatments are performed perfectly the first time every time. That way, we can save you unnecessary time in the treatment chair and prevent problems from occurring down the road. To go a step further, we’ll do this all in a warm, friendly environment that you’ll always be happy to visit.

cartoon pillowsFocused on Comfort

To us, your feelings are just as important as the care we provide. We’ll do everything we can to make sure you always have a relaxed and comfortable dental experience. If you need a little help, we can offer you safe and effective sedation dentistry.

cartoon map and pinConveniently Located

You should be able to find excellent dental care right in your own neighborhood, which is why we’re happy to be located in the heart of Metairie. We’re just north of I-10 close to the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. When it’s time to take care of your teeth, you won’t have to go far!

We Love our Community!

We believe that it’s our duty as caregivers to help people whether they are within our office or not, which is why Dr. Nelson and our entire team frequently donate our time and expertise to a number of organizations with causes that are near and dear to our hearts.

We regularly participate in Special Smiles for the Special Olympics so that the athletes can fully show their joy while they are competing, as well as Habitat for Humanity to help house local families. We also donate free dental services to local underprivileged families who normally wouldn’t have access to essential dental care. We consider everything we do around the community an extension of our practice’s main mission, which is simply to help people.

We love it when we’re joined by some of our patients in these organizations, so if you would like to become involved with us, please contact us today to find out how.

Our Core Values

1. Teamwork 

2. Growth

3. Caring

4. Friendliness

5. Knowledge

6. Honesty

7. Being the Best

8. Consistency 

9. Making a Difference

10. Gratitude