When I was in college, I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do. I knew it was going to be in medicine of some sort. I wasn't quite sure. I started hanging out at the VA hospital in the dental clinic. It was across the street from the university, so I'd go over there and spend some time there, and it was just such a great atmosphere. These doctors were really changing people's lives with dental prosthetics. Some of those folks had seen combat and maybe lost an eye or part of a jaw or really things that you wouldn't think was really part of dentistry, but it did encompass having to replace the teeth and the jaw. That's where I decided this is what I wanted to do.
I went to the University of Florida. I'm a Florida Gator. I enjoyed my time there. I got married in college and eventually went to University of Maryland. It's the first dental school really in the world. It was a great education, wonderful facility. There I got to do all sorts of things from seeing patients with special needs to doing full-mouth rehabilitations, really doing all sorts of dentistry.
Later on, after I got out, I started learning about sleep apnea and developmental dentistry for kids, learning the connection between airway and dentistry, which is something I had never even thought of in dental school or even in my early dental career. I hadn't connected the two. So when I started seeing some patients who were grinding their teeth, having acid reflux, and having other issues breaking dentistry – they may have had crowns, had a history of breaking them – I started thinking, “There's something else happening here. What could it be?”
I learned that there's a whole host of dentists studying sleep apnea and airway development, that there's a connection between the two. That connection then leads to heart health. Patients who are suffering from these conditions have increased risk of stroke and heart attack. So focusing in that area really goes with the chance not to restore a tooth, but to potentially extend someone's life by a considerable number of years by preventing strokes and heart attacks.
Patients love Dr. Evie because she sees you as a person, not a number. She is able to look at your overall health and help you make decisions in our office that will impact your entire life. She understands that it’s not just a filling or crown; it’s restoring your ability to eat, speak, and smile, therefore increasing your longevity and quality of life.
Dr. Evie Sabet was inspired to become a dentist when she witnessed veterans struggle with these simple aspects of life: chewing food, speaking properly, and smiling freely. She volunteered at the VA hospital’s dental clinic while attending the University of Florida (go Gators!), where she earned her undergraduate degree in food science and health nutrition.
Seeing firsthand how excellent dentistry could change the lives of these men and women who sacrificed for our country was enough to inspire Dr. Evie to apply for dental school the following year. She had not thought about the impact of oral health on a person’s quality of life, but once she saw it, Dr. Evie was ready to help others obtain good health.
Dr. Evie Sabet graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery in 2009. She is licensed in Florida and North Carolina and has worked in nine different roles as a dentist, varying from starting a practice on her own to being an assistant clinical professor at East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine to providing dental care to patients in nursing homes using mobile dental equipment.
Dr. Evie has been honored as a University Scholar at the University of Florida, a member of Gorgas Dental Honors Society, and the winner of the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery Manager’s Award. In addition to her accolades, Dr. Evie stays connected and up-to-date with memberships in the American Dental Association, North Carolina Dental Association, and American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.
The best part of Dr. Evie’s job is meeting new people and getting to know the community she serves. In most cases, a dentist sees patients more often than a primary care doctor, so she values getting to know our patients and their families and being a part of their life. Dr. Evie focuses primarily on Invisalign treatment, family dentistry, our HealthyStart™ program, and sleep apnea treatment.
When not at the office, Dr. Evie spends time with her husband and three children. Her oldest daughter loves horses, rides regularly, and participates in local horse shows. Her second daughter has a flair for the dramatic arts and can be found singing, dancing, and acting even when she is not in acting class. Her third child is a rambunctious little man who enjoys tae kwon do and watching hockey with his dad (go Buffalo Sabres!)