Dr. Raymond Hatland

Dr. Raymond Hatland, DDS

Chicago, Indianapolis (773) 338-4440 website
My gentle ways will relieve your pain, put you at ease and make you laugh (really) while correcting your dental issues using energetic and standard dental techniques. You can reverse any gum disease non-surgicall, get expert TMJ and bite disorder treatment and a full range of cosmetic and general dentistry.


Services and products

Describe your services:
I have a general dentistry practice that is dedicated to improving my patients' dental and general health. My practice is mercury free, and I focus on increasing the beauty and internal comfort of the mouth, lowering the internal chronic and acute stress levels in general, and eliminating disease and pain in the teeth, gums and TMJ structures.

My approach is to educate and empower each patient to reach a higher level of health and well being.

I enjoy doing cosmetic dentistry and giving patients great smiles. I also have a unique and somewhat revolutionary periodontal program that reverses gum disease non-surgically even in advanced cases.

How does your healing modality work?
In my quest to learn about some of the many secrets of health, I received training in many healing modalities (Chinese Energetic Method, Nutrition, Yoga, Feldenkrais, the Kinésiologies, Qigong TFT, etc. along the way. These different approaches to reducing internal stresses in our body and energetic systems are used where and when I feel they are appropriate. I approach each of my patients' dental problems with the sincere intention to help them with their concerns and desires compassionately, safely, patiently and in the best possible way.

Increasing the sense of balance and well being in my patients and helping them understand dentistry and whole body health is an important goal for me.

I seem to attract patients with challenging situations. Energy testing along with conventional tests is used to gain insight into each patient's problems. Several highly effective alternative and energy system techniques can be used to help patients with their fears and pain. Pain and the fear of pain are challenges to having good dentistry done, so I go to great lengths to reduce and eliminate anxiety and/or pain during your dental appointments.

How do you see your services evolving over the next three years?
My practice has changed in some way every year. I'm always looking for better ways to do things. Developing The Reverse Gum Disease Program continues to be a major effort for me. This is a unique patient friendly training program which is now being fine tuned to increase the number and percentage of patients who successfully make my Perio Honor Roll and do it with fewer training sessions.

I will continue to develop and implement this program and find ways that more people and professionals can benefit from this breakthrough.

Issues / Benefits

Presenting issues and problems or types of clients

Why do people come to see you?
My exceptionally effective gum disease program, that enables patients to reverse their gum disease without surgery has been a major reason for patients to come to me. Others come, because I have special knowledge and alternative and holistic techniques that most dentists do not appreciate or understand for that matter.

Some patients come to me because they have referrals from other patients of mine, who felt they were treated very well and they received reasonable fees. I am happy to say some come to me because I am very thorough and pay close attention to details, and because I do NOT have to refer out 95% of the specialty dentistry that they may need.

Who is an ideal client?
All of the above patients are ideal patients to me, but actually anyone who has a dental problem and wants to be treated well and thoroughly is my kind of patient.

The ideal patient to me is basically one who is open-minded about finding out what's going on orally and one who wants to improve their condition, both in comfort and the elimination or prevention of disease.

Patients who are seeking an integrative approach to dentistry and want a dentist who will work with other holistic and alternative practitioners are also very good patients. Anyone who want to get all of their dentistry done at one dentist instead of going to specialists are also well served by me.

Benefits and results people see

Patients get over their fear of having dentistry, their fear of the pain associated with dentistry i.e., needles, sounds, drills, etc. and their fear of learning about their oral problems. I believe in a painless dentistry philosophy and reducing or eliminating my patient's anxiety.

For some of my patients their occlusion {bite) actually feels good now and even helps produce a state of ease in their body instead of more tension and headaches. Many of my patients get to have what I call the 'AHAAAH' or simply a 'WOW' experience' when their bite is perfectly balanced in their true centric relation. I still get a kick out it when it happens.

What is interesting is that most patients have no awareness that their bite is "off" and causing chronic internal stress and tension not only in their jaw but also in many other areas of their body. I also help patients with sleep problems.

My unique Reverse Gum Disease Program has made it possible for my periodontal patients to reverse their gum disease without surgery. My patients continue to amaze me with what they achieve in this program. Teeth that would normally have been extracted have become healthy and stable. Periodontal pockets, ranging from 5 mm to 13 mm deep have shrunk 2 to 6 mm without surgery or using antibiotics or medicated inserts. I know of no other periodontal program that has been able to attain these kinds of results.

I have over 115 periodontal patients who have attained my Periodontal Honor Roll i.e. they have been able to reduce their pocket depths by at least 20% and also have at least a 2 millimeter reduction in pocket depth in (95%+) of their diseased pockets. The important thing to realize here is one can't have gum disease and pocket reduction at the same time. Therefore when you reverse gum pocket depths, you have eradicated gum disease activity in these pockets. Even those patients who haven't made my Periodontal Honor Roll are achieving better results than most patients in ordinary professional perio programs.

Cosmetic dentistry is also very important part of my practice. Making smiles beautiful and naturally pleasing is a lot of fun for me, and usually not scary for the patient.

Patients also learn better ways to prevent disease, stay healthy and get over chronic ailments more quickly.

I have a very extensive and eclectic background in wellness promoting therapies, nutrition, yoga meditation, qigong, Thought Field Therapy [TFT], Feldenkrais Technique and the Yuen Energetic Method, all of which have helped me become a better dentist.


Healing philosophy or mission

True healing takes place naturally when the innate intelligence within the body of each person is in clear control of the energy system and the healing process. There are many issues that interfere with this process. Our emergency defense mechanisms such as the fear based fight or flight response, and inflammatory response to trauma or agents can become major impediments to the healing process if for various reasons they do not turn off.

Without going into too much detail helping my patients turn off chronic or overly acute defensive reactions is an important part of my holistic practice. These defensive reactions tend to not be too bright or creative in solving health problems and are major causes and contributors to most diseases. Since the energy system affects everything likewise, everything affects the energy system and that's where the challenge is. I usually limit my help to those areas that are affecting the oral health of my patients.

Uniqueness and what makes you good

Describe your style or approach:
I'm a friendly person who enjoys friendly professional relationships with my patients. I am serious about what I do for each patient. One of my goals is to help each patient understand their oral condition and to reduce or eliminate any fear of their dental issues or dentistry.

It is important to me that my patients understand what I see and what the possible solutions are to their problems. When I am sure that my patients understand what is going on in their mouth, we can then develop a treatment plan to correct and improve their dental health and appearance. I listen first, and then question and test, then I listen and test again before giving my professional opinion.

What makes you different/good at what you do?
Wanting to truly help my patients and my professional and extracurricular education make me different and have helped me to become good at what I do. Over the years I've developed my skills and knowledge of how to help patients with safer and more biologically and energetically friendly techniques.

I will spend the necessary time with those patients who have a lot of fear or phobias until they are greatly reduced or eliminated, so you can have a positive experience having dentistry done. Nitrous oxide analgesia is also available to help young kids and adults have a pleasant experience and for those patients who don't laugh at my jokes.

I take special care with patients who have allergies or special and serious health issues, and I work with other traditional or alternative healthcare professionals as synergistically as possible. My training and experience in orthodontics, treatment of temporal mandibular disorders, and cosmetic dentistry have greatly enhanced my ability to help my patients with complex problems.

Why do you do what you do?
Since I was a kid I always enjoyed and wanted to help people. Since eighth grade I wanted to become a dentist, and I've been fortunate in finding a profession that fits me well.

I have always had a keen interest in uncovering the mysteries of life and health, and my experience with yoga meditation and the Oriental healing systems as well as the biochemistry of nutrition and the body's stress reactions opened me up to the value and importance of the bio-energy system.


Education and training

I attended the University of Illinois in Urbana from 1960 to 1962 in a predentistry curriculum. I then attended the University of Illinois College of Dentistry from 1962 to 1966, graduating in the upper 20% of my class.

I also did a research project in biochemistry during my junior and senior year.

Not wanting to specialize I went to the US Army's one year rotating internship program at Ireland Army Hospital in Fort Knox, Kentucky. In this program I received advanced training, in all specialty areas, including oral surgery, fixed and removable prosthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, orthodontics, pedodontics and oral medicine.

I received special training in the treatment of temperomandibular disorders and authored an unpublished research thesis relating the biological stress response to pain and dysfunction in the head and jaw.

In 1972 to 1975, I took continuous training in traditional orthodontics taught by Dr. Robert Donovan DDS, Ph.D., founder of the Donovan Academy of Orthodontics. Since that time, I've taken easily over 1600 hrs of continuing education courses in all of the above areas of dentistry as well as functional orthodontics and many alternative and energy system related courses and seminars.

Though I have taken courses in homeopathy, acupuncture, nutrition, bioenergetics, electro-acupuncture by Voll, [Applied, Educational, Behavioral and Dental Kin e siology], Gigong, Chinese Energetic Method and Thought Field Therapy, I only use the knowledge I have gained from these courses as I feel appropriate.

I have written several articles about my periodontal research regarding the Reverse Gum Disease Program, and they are available on request.

I have been selected a member of America 's Top Dentists and named Dentist of the Year for 2003 thru 2005 by the Consumer Business Review.

I am a member of the American Dental Association, the Indiana Dental Association, the Indianapolis District Dental Society, the Holistic Dental Association and an associate member of the Chicago Dental Society.


Appointment length and fee range

How long is a typical session?
For one's first appointment . I schedule one hour for my initial examination. This will include a complete and thorough examination, medical and dental history, all needed x-rays (including previous x-rays when possible) and any kinesiology testing as needed.

Fee Range:
My fees could best be described as reasonable. Most of my fees fall in to the 50th to 60 th percentile of most dentists in the area.

Typical session and how to prepare:

Describe a typical session:
I closely examine the teeth, the gums and the occlusion. I will then discuss my findings and treatment solutions. Unless there is an emergency problem, I will defer dental treatment to start at the next appointment.

How should someone prepare for a session?
For first-timers it would be good to have x-rays or records of previous dentistry with them if possible. After that, what would be needed will be determined by the findings at that appointment. I enjoy meeting new patients and my appointments are not high-powered but friendly with open exchanges of ideas opinions and feelings. I learn new things from my patients and my patients usually learn something new from me.

Patients who want to learn something new regarding their oral health, and are willing to change self-defeating ways for self-empowering ways to take care of their oral and general health get the most from me.

Insurance, cancellation policy, office hours and other logistics

Take Insurance?
Basically we take any insurance company that will take me. Also whenever possible, We will accept payment directly from the insurance company. My well-trained friendly staff and I also will keep you informed of what your insurance plan pays for and its limitations. We work hard to make sure your insurance company pays for what they are supposed to pay.

Cancellation Policy?
We have a 24-hour cancellation policy. We would prefer to have more than 24 hours notice so that we could give the appointed time to someone else. We do charge $40 for missing confirmed dental appointments.

Office hours/days of the week:
I practice in Chicago from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

In Indianapolis,Indiana I practice from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.

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