With a name that's pronounced "show grin," Dr. Sjogren had to become a periodontal pro. The dentist has lived up to his name with the help of more than 300 hours of continuing-education courses taught by the industry's most prestigious toothbrushes. When he's not mending teeth through his family and cosmetic dental practice, Dr. Sjogren donates his time and tools to organizations such as the Kansas Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped.
Before patients step into the clinic's treatment rooms, they wait in a homey reception area peppered with eclectic picture frames. During treatment, they recline in massage chairs and strap on headphones while opening wide.
Growing up in Cañon City, Colorado, home of the famous Royal Gorge, Dr. Jay F. Morris learned a thing or two about natural beauty, unchecked erosion, and impressive bridgework. A former pediatric dentist, Dr. Morris began working in cosmetic and restorative dentistry in 1993, and today his dental practice commits itself to helping patients reinforce their smiles' strength and natural beauty with an arsenal of cutting-edge dental techniques geared toward undoing the effects of enamel erosion. His gentle chair-side manner and genuine concern for patients are trumped only by his expertise and focus on mini dental implants. Along with an armory of advanced tools, such as soft silicone dentures, he also uses 3-D digital x-rays that accurately reveal oral topographies while generating significantly less radiation than traditional x-rays or a high-five from Marie Curie.
During her 10 years in practice, Dental Expressions owner and dentist Sonal Bhoot has done much more than care for teeth—she has been a caring member of her community. Dr. Bhoot participates in programs that help underprivileged children receive dental care and facilitates training for dental assistants in the area. She has worked in both inner-city and suburban settings, and she is skilled at connecting with people of all age groups. As a member of both the Leawood Chamber of Commerce and the Lee's Summit Chamber of Commerce, in addition to several local study clubs, Dr. Bhoot stays ahead of what's happening in her city and in the dental field.
Along with her associate, Dr. Mary Augustyn, Dr. Bhoot relies on state-of-the-art technology during each of her treatments. She carefully gauges the measurements needed for a root canal with an electronic apex locator and creates tooth-colored ceramic crowns in a single appointment with the CEREC 3-D system. She and her team detect subsurface cavities with the laser DiagnoDent pen, which also comes in handy for engraving one's name on a steel mug.
While patients are having their teeth cleaned and polished inside Blum Family Dentistry's wood-toned treatment rooms, they can focus on a conveniently located television rather than the glare of an examination light. It's details like this, as well as technologies such as low-radiation digital x-rays, that set Dr. Steve Blum's practice apart. In addition to in-office dental treatments, the specialists outfit patients with take-home whitening trays to enhance smiles or dental-themed home decor.
Drs. Maria Kunstadter and Michael Sigler take unusual measures in their quest to quell dental anxiety. Beyond employing the typical nerve-calming bedside manner of any good dentist, the duo has incorporated soothing spa treatments into their standard dental routines. Massage therapists are on hand to lull patients into stress-free states with full body massages and aromatherapy oils inundate patients' senses with calming scents as they recline in dental chairs for an x-ray, Invisalign appointment, or routine hygiene visit.
The staff at Thomas Anderson & Associates strives to make clients smile—and not just during their before-and-after pictures. Massage chairs, flat-screen TVs, and a wide selection of movies and music help make visits to the office as relaxing as a tumbler of whiskey enjoyed in one's very own pit of quicksand. Technicians apply a gentle touch when performing exams, x-rays, and other general-dentistry procedures. Cosmetic services—including teeth whitening and Invisalign—remain as noninvasive as possible.