Our Mission

Ideal Dental's mission is to put smiles on the faces of hundreds of patients that visit our offices daily, which in turn puts smiles on the faces of the many employees and doctors that work for Ideal Dental. We enable our doctors to deliver quality, affordable dental care to more patients.

Our Patient Promise

We pledge that each affiliated office will provide patients with

  • A friendly warm environment for patients and their families
  • A thorough explanation of treatment needed with several financing options
  • Staff and doctors who treat you with respect and genuinely care about your oral needs
  • Quality, affordable and convenient patient care
  • A clean and safe environment for you and your family
  • A sincere appreciation for choosing us as your dental provider


Dr. Sulman Ahmed Founder & CEO

Dr. Sulman Ahmed earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas, Dallas. He went on to complete his dental education and training from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, considered to be one of the finest centers for higher dental education. While in dental school, he participated in the Incentive Honors program, the Endodontic Honors program and the Prosthodontics Honors program.

In 2008, Dr. Ahmed opened his first dental office and set out to create a truly patient centered model. His belief in putting patients first is the fundamental backbone in Ideal Dental’s core values and patient care delivery model. Ensuring adequate training for doctors, the very best materials being placed in the patient’s mouth, weekend hours and multiple specialists working under one roof are just the beginning of his vision.

Under Dr. Ahmed's leadership Ideal Dental has received many honors and awards. Some of the more notable ones are being recognized as Inc. Magazine’s Top 5000 fastest growing companies in the nation along with being selected by D Magazine as Dallas-Fort Worth’s Premier Dental Group. Additionally, the Dallas Business Journal recognized Ideal Dental as one the top 100 companies in the region and the 31st fastest growing company in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. On a more personal note Dr. Ahmed has achieved many honors and awards, one of the more notable ones being named as a finalist for the 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year.

When not busy practicing dentistry he enjoys traveling as often as possible and spending time with his family.

Dr. Shalin Patel Co-Chief of Clinical Affairs

Dr. Shalin Patel recognizes the value of team-building to achieve successful results. A highly regarded dental professional with several years of clinical experience, Dr. Patel is responsible for developing procedures and finding solutions to create successful practices. A hands-on leader focused on achieving results in a dynamic, patient-oriented work environment, he has a proven track record of building and training teams around a cohesive growth strategy and clear leadership vision.

An administrator who has helped create core values based on collaboration and cooperation, Dr. Patel is responsible for helping with the development, execution and monitoring of clinical standards and practice protocols. Ideal Dental’s commitment to excellence is always the top priority to Dr. Patel. He manifests a culture geared towards patient-centered clinical care by recruiting, training and working with elite dentists from the finest schools across the nation.

Quality of care is never compromised at Ideal Dental, therefore he interacts with local dental lab technicians along with supply and manufacturing vendors to ensure only the best materials and supplies are used, thus enabling all offices to offer patients an exclusive warranty on all dental work. Furthermore, Ideal Dental’s team of highly trained specialists allow the ability to offer comprehensive care all in one office. Dr. Patel helps uphold the core clinical philosophy in that all dentists, by using state of the art technology and cutting-edge techniques, strive to provide and maintain the highest quality of dentistry.

Dr. Patel attended the University of Mississippi for both his undergraduate studies and for dental school. In dental school, he took a leadership role during his tenure as Student Body President and also graduated in the top tier of his class and won numerous academic, leadership and research awards. Based on years of exceptional clinical experience and commitment to continuing education, Dr. Patel has been recognized several times as one of "America's Top Dentists" by the Consumers' Research Council of America and has been recognized by multiple local and national dental organizations.

Dr. Rodney Alles Co-Chief of Clinical Affairs

A highly regarded dental professional with over 10 years of clinical experience, Dr. Rodney Alles has a unique skill set for developing and integrating procedures and providing solutions to keep patients satisfied and practices profitable. An exceptionally able administrator who has created a corporate culture based on teamwork and achieving goals, he supervises regional practice managers while overseeing quality assurance and doctor recruitment and training at Ideal Dental affiliated offices.

Dr. Alles has always taken great pride in being a great clinician. He has done this by taking numerous CE courses from the best clinicians in the dental industry. This drive and accumulation of information has allowed him to set up systems and procedures that he can teach his doctors to provide the best patient care in the industry.

Dr. Alles has cultivated the development of consistent quality standards for treatment planning, verbals and efficiency of his doctors and the rest of his office teams. This has set Ideal Dental apart in the industry and has given it a name synonymous with quality dental professionals. He insures that the execution and the quality of patient care are second to none in the dental industry. Along with the execution of systems, Dr. Alles has set up numerous avenues to provide Ideal Dental with state-of-the-art, and cutting edge materials and supplies needed to provide the very best dental treatment.

Dr. Alles attended the University of Oklahoma for undergraduate studies and for dental school. He is a member of the Texas Dental Association, American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and Academy of General Dentistry. He has also been nominated to join the International Association of Health Care Providers, and he has been recognized multiple times as one of "America’s Top Dentists" by the Consumers' Research Council of America.

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