Tend Raises $36 Million To Make Going To The Dentist More Fun

By Annie Baker ● October 18, 2019
  • Tend — a company that is improving the patient experience for dentists — has raised $36 million in funding. These are the details.

Tend is a new dental company that raised $36 million in seed and Series A funding led by Redpoint Ventures. What does Tend do? Tend is modernizing the dentist office experience with high-tech waiting areas and offering access to Netflix in the dental chair. And you can listen to the audio with Bose headphones.

Before you arrive at a Tend dental office, they will have your favorite shows queued up on Netflix. And you can easily make appointments online along with seeing the prices in advance, according to Fast Company. Plus Tend’s offices have premium toothpaste including Marvis — which has unique flavors like Amarelli licorice and jasmine. Tend’s flagship office is based out of the Flatiron neighborhood in Manhattan.

Another company that is improving the patient experience is One Medical. One Medical is an independent primary care practice in American with 72 offices in major cities. One Medical raised over $530 million in funding from investors like JPMorgan, GV, and The Carlyle Group.

Investors in Tend include One Medical founder and former CEO Tom X Lee, Warby Parker founders Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa, and Bradley Tusk of Tusk Ventures.

The founder of Tend is Doug Hudson. Prior to launching Tend, Hudson was the CEO of SmileDirectClub for more than three years. And before that, he founded two companies including Hearing Planet (acquired by Sonova) and Simplex Healthcare (acquired by Arriva Medical).