Preventive & General Care

At Prairie Dental Care, we practice dentistry for the whole family. From preventive education & regular, warm water cleanings by our gentle Hygienist, to identifying & caring for dental issues that may arise, your continued oral health is our top priority. That’s why we believe in preventing dental problems before they become costly, painful, or both. When problems do arise, our skilled team is there to provide you with solutions.

Additionally, we are a family practice. Our doctors have extensive experience working with children & teens, so they can make the dental experience better for everyone.


Oral Cancer Screening

When it comes to oral cancer, early detection leads to more treatment options & better outcomes. Using a revolutionary hand-held device, dentists & hygienists can detect potentially cancerous tissue earlier & more easily than before. The system works by emitting a safe blue light that makes tissues in your mouth appear fluorescent, revealing abnormalities that might not be visible to the naked eye. This system is the only non-invasive device clinically proven to help discover otherwise undetectable signs of oral disease.

Call Prairie Dental Care today to schedule your oral cancer screening–it may change your life!

Periodontal (Gum) Care

Periodontal (gum) disease can lead to more than just an unsightly smile—it can cause loss of teeth & eventually, if left untreated, other more serious health problems. Continued research has linked gum disease to diabetes, heart disease & low birth weight. Called gingivitis in its early stages, periodontal disease is caused by excessive toxic bacteria (found in plaque) that attack your mouth’s soft tissues. Early warning signs of this disease include red, swollen, or bleeding gums. If caught early, we can help you reverse the damage. If detected late, we can use one of the many effective restorative dentistry procedures to restore your mouth to its healthy, beautiful state. In an effort to rid your teeth of the plaque & tartar that causes gum disease & tooth decay, your hygienist may suggest a regimen of care that requires more frequent visits to our office. Call Prairie Dental Care today to schedule your dental cleaning!



Tooth decay, otherwise known as cavities, can be a significant problem for children as well as adults. There are numerous factors that lead to tooth decay & there are many ways to prevent it. With the use of sealants, we can cover the deep grooves in your back teeth & extend their life while helping to prevent cavities.

Mercury-Free Dentistry

Mercury amalgam (silver) fillings may be hazardous to your health. At Prairie Dental Care, we believe that the overall health of our patients always comes first. Accordingly, at our office we have elected to only use new & advanced fillings made of tooth-colored materials that contain no metals or mercury. It’s just one more way that we show our patients how much we care. Your safety & smile are our primary concerns!

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Treatment of Broken, Painful & Infected Teeth

We enjoy the challenge of restoring your smile & thanks to rapid advances in dental technology, there is much more that we can do for our patients. Modern ceramic materials combined with the in-depth experience of our clinical team can assure you of a successful & long-lasting result. Whether the cause is accident or disease, we can restore your smile. Restorative dentistry can include everything from a basic filling to extractions when necessary. If cavities become too large for an ordinary filling, we will suggest an alternative–a ceramic onlay or inlay. These are skillfully made in the laboratory to fit the shape of the cavity & match the color of the surrounding teeth. For missing teeth, a bridge provides a secure replacement.



Crowns cover & support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth left. It can be used to attach a bridge, protect a weak tooth from breaking, or restore one that’s already broken. A crown is a good way to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped as well, or to cover a dental implant. A crown can make your tooth stronger & improve its appearance.

Root Canal Therapy

A root canal is a small channel inside your tooth that provides it with nutrients. If it becomes injured or infected, you may lose the tooth. At Prairie Dental Care, we can remedy the problem & restore the damaged tooth, while ensuring that you are as comfortable as possible during the entire procedure. Nowadays, thanks to modern dental advances & technology, root canals are relatively pain-free. Don’t suffer needlessly, call us today for an appointment.

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Cosmetic Care

Obtain the Smile You’ve Always Wanted!

Having a great smile can make a huge difference in the way you look & feel. Prairie Dental Care offers a complete range of cosmetic treatments to create the confident smile you’ve always wanted. We begin with a detailed smile assessment, discussing with you which aspects you like & dislike about your smile. Once our assessment is complete, we will discuss with you treatment options to help your smile look more natural, healthy & youthful.


Veneers are an excellent alternative to crowns & can perfect your smile by masking stains, hiding chips, correcting misalignment & creating uniformity. Veneers, which are made of thin, customized material designed to slide over the teeth, look incredibly natural, are long lasting & are relatively easy to apply.

Teeth Whitening

Now you can have significantly whiter teeth in a matter of a few days using advanced teeth whitening techniques. Both comfortable & affordable, our teeth whitening procedure involves you wearing a specially crafted tray for a few hours in order to achieve a surprising difference in your smile!

Call us today at (360) 944-9800 for more details.


Having straight teeth is important for both health & appearance. Not only do we have traditional metal braces, but we also offer newer, subtler varieties. One option is clear braces, which straighten teeth without calling attention to the fact that you have braces. The aesthetic aspect is important because having a smile you love can affect your happiness & self-esteem, whether you are an adult, a teenager, or a child. To learn more about our orthodontic options, contact Prairie Dental Care to request a consultation.

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Traditional Braces

Traditional braces can provide treatment for a wide range of orthodontic problems, including bad bites, crooked or crowded teeth & misalignment. Braces consist of metal brackets that are attached to the teeth & fitted with an arched wire that gently shifts your teeth into the desired position. Having straight teeth doesn’t just mean a beautiful smile: a normal bite reduces the potential for tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss, poor speech or chewing & jaw problems. Thanks to advances in orthodontic materials, traditional braces treatment times are shorter than in years past. Traditional metal braces are often the least expensive option for achieving a straight, healthy smile!

ClearCorrect™ Invisible Braces

Invisible aligners are the revolutionary way to help you get even, straight teeth without noticeable, painful metal braces. Virtually undetectable, invisible aligners are made of strong, clear plastic. They gradually guide your teeth into perfect alignment. Unlike metal braces, they have no wires or brackets. Tooth impressions are taken, from which customized aligners are made that will slide directly over your teeth. Aligners are typically worn full-time (except when eating or drinking) for 12 to 48 months–no longer than you would wear traditional metal braces. Prairie Dental Care is proud to feature ClearCorrect™ invisible aligners.

Call us today at (360) 944-9800 to schedule your ClearCorrect™ consultation!


Six Month Smiles®

Are you someone who should have had braces when you were younger, and now you are living with a smile you don’t feel good about? Many adults spend their entire lives covering their mouths when they laugh, smile or talk. They have crooked or spaced teeth and they feel embarrassed. They think there isn’t a solution. As an adult, they don’t want to wear metal braces for years. Now, at Prairie Dental Care, there is an effective, safe and affordable solution that fits your adult lifestyle. Six Month Smiles® is a revolutionary combination of proven orthodontic techniques, technology and innovation. With the Six Month Smiles system, our dentists utilize nearly invisible clear braces to gently straighten and align your front teeth in just six months (on average). Crooked or spaced teeth? The solution you’ve been waiting for is here at Prairie Dental Care. If you get started now, you could get a smile you can be proud of – in just six months!

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Relief From Sleep Apnea

Have you been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea? Do you have trouble sleeping with a CPAP machine? The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has approved oral appliances that could help you. We can bill medical insurance for your oral sleep apnea appliance. .

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment

Snoring is a very common problem. Not only does it affect the sleep of the person snoring, it also affects the bed partner. We make jokes about snoring and sleeping in separate rooms. We see internet ads and infomercials about “Stop Snoring Now!”, but did you know that snoring could be a sign of something more? Underdiagnosed and frequently dismissed simply as harmless, yet annoying snoring, “Obstructive Sleep Apnea” (OSA) is a very dangerous condition.

The gold standard for treatment of sleep apnea is presently with the CPAP machine. However, only a minority of CPAP owners are still compliant after one year. If you are one that is not using their suggested CPAP, we can fabricate an oral appliance that will help open your airway and reduce the severity of your sleep apnea.

These appliances reduce sleep apnea associated health risks without the need for surgery, medications, or other therapies. A custom oral appliance worn while sleeping holds the lower jaw forward and open, preventing the tongue and throat tissues from collapsing the critical airway. There is a high success rate for people treated with these appliances., to see how we can help you!

SomnoMed, Narval, and “Medicare Approved Herbst” Oral Appliances

The only effective oral appliances are ones that are custom made for the patient and is FDA approved. The “boil and bite” appliances are not only uncomfortable and bulky they are proven to not work therapeutically. So if you have tried these before and they did not work for you that does not mean you are not a candidate for another!

The gold standard for treatment of sleep apnea is presently with the CPAP machine. However, only a minority of CPAP owners are still compliant after one year. If you are one that is not using their suggested CPAP, we can fabricate an oral appliance that will help open your airway and reduce the severity of your sleep apnea.

These appliances reduce sleep apnea associated health risks without the need for surgery, medications, or other therapies. A custom oral appliance is worn while sleeping holds the lower jaw forward and open, preventing the tongue and throat tissues from collapsing the critical airway. There is a high success rate for people treated with these appliances.

Even if you love your CPAP and are compliant please consider an oral appliance for use when hunting, camping and/or traveling. Avoid that pesky TSA!

SomnoMed MAS:

The most comfortable and preferred appliance.
The SomnoMed is made of a durable comfortable flex material that is custom made for YOU! You can not only have lip seal (to prevent dry mouth), you can drink water, yawn, and even talk. It is the least bulky appliance on the market and allows for the most tongue space. It is also adjustable by the patient and the doctor to make it the most comfortable it can be.

SomnoMed MAS Edentulous

The biggest disadvantage to oral appliances is that we cannot use in the absence of teeth but we have found some ways around that! The SomnoMed has an edentulous option that can be used when there are at least 6 lower teeth free from disease. Are you completely edentulous? Then please consider an option used in conjunction with implants!


The beginning… One of the first appliances on the market used when there is a lot of future dental work planned. It is also adjustable and custom-made.


The SUAD appliance allows more lateral movement than most of the appliances, and is specially made for our patients who aggresively grind their teeth at night (you know who you are). The thermoflex material usually requires heating in warm/hot water to soften it enough to place it every night.

Narval CC

Benefits of Narval CC made by ResMed the world’s leader in C-PAP manufacturing (so even they know oral appliances work):

  • Computer-aided design (CAD) enables high degree of customization to suit the complex dental anatomy of each individual patient
  • Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) using selective laser sintering of a biocompatible polymer material guarantees consistent, industrial-strength manufacturing
  • Use of polyamide for a slim, lightweight device that is highly resilient and durable
  • The patented ORM articulation maintains the mandible in an advanced position
  • Strong and flexible connecting rods are easy to change so dentists can provide fast, accurate customized solutions with quick adjustments to patients’ needs as treatment progresses
  • Patented physiological articulation parallels the occlusal plane, allowing for natural and free movement
  • Comfortable and flexible device creates minimal impact on teeth and gums with no effect on dental hygiene, tissue irritation, overloading of the dentition or compromising of periodontal tissues
  • Innovative, state-of-the-art materials enable a device that is strong and comfortably light

Medicare-Approved SomnoDent® Herbst® Appliance

If you suffer from chronic snoring or mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, the Herbst® Appliance by SomnoDent® can help. Based on similar appliances that treat TMJ disorders, this oral appliance allows freedom of movement during sleep. The appliance is custom-fit and adjusted by your dentist for optimum effectiveness.

Sleep Testing

Do you think you might have sleep apnea? What should you do next?

First you should talk to your primary care physician. If you do not have one then a good contact is a board certified sleep physician. They will direct you to either a home sleep study or a full PSG (Polysomnogram) depending on your health history. It is the guidelines of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine as well as the American Academy of Sleep Medicine to rule out obstructive sleep apnea prior to fabricating an oral appliance even if the chief complaint is just snoring.

A pulse-ox test done overnight at home is not always a good indicator of whether or not you have sleep apnea. Mild to moderate sleep apnea can go unnoticed on a simple pulse-ox test. It originally was used as a screening tool for ease of use as well as cheap cost. Too many people were told they were fine when in fact there was much more going on.

Home sleep studies are becoming more common and insurance companies are recognizing them as viable tests for patients with no co-morbidities (including uncontrolled high blood pressure, high body mass index, COPD, etc.).

Polysomnograms (PSGs) are done in a sleep center in an overnight setting. They are the most accurate test there is because all your stats are monitored and recorded including: pulse, breathing, position, limb movements, sleep stage, REM sleep, etc. Split-night studies are used to study a patient the first part of the night and then fit for a CPAP the second half of the night. It helps the patient by preventing another return trip to the sleep lab. It is important to note that a follow-up sleep study is important to monitoring the level of the apneic events, if any.

Sleep Hygiene

Do you have insomnia? Here are some simple steps to helping improve your sleep. If none of these tips help please consider getting medical attention:

  • Lose weight if you are overweight.
  • Eliminate nasal congestion.
  • Make sure your sleeping environment is quiet, dark, and maintains a steady, comfortable temperature.
  • Avoid large meals right before bedtime.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise within two to three hours of bedtime.
  • Avoid alcohol or sleeping pills within four hours of bedtime.
  • Avoid caffeine, nicotine or any other stimulants within four hours of bedtime.
  • Avoid struggling to fall asleep in bed. Instead, get up and spend quiet time out of bed until sleep comes.
  • Use the bed for sleep only (no television watching or reading in bed).
  • Maintain a regular schedule for bedtime and wakening; avoid naps. Early to rise and early to be is the most effective schedule. A “night owl” schedule is poor sleep hygiene.
  • Hot bath to a cold bed increases melatonin production and improves sleep architecture.
  • A recent study showed that having a cell phone in the bedroom can disrupt sleep and reduce one’s ability to recuperate from a stressful and difficult day.

Medical Billing Process

If you’ve been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), you may be wondering which treatment options are covered by your medical insurance. And if so, how much assistance can you expect?

While insurance plans vary and have different deductibles, restrictions and limitations, chances are good that your OSA treatment is eligible for insurance benefits. In general, common diagnostic and treatment procedures, as prescribed by your doctor, are covered within the limits of your plan.

Overnight sleep studies, CPAP, BiPAP and Oral Appliance Therapy are frequently covered by most medical insurance plans, including Medicare.

Our office is committed to helping you understand your insurance benefits and limitations. We can help you determine your expected co-payments and total out-of-pocket expenses, if any, and can assist you in maximizing your benefits.

Some medical insurance plans are more restrictive than expected. Ultimately, the better you understand your policy, the fewer surprises you will have.


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