These are two important questions with a very exciting answer. The reason that we are “different” is because we have chosen to place more importance on the healthcare experience of the whole patient as compared to a limited view of the more traditional dental office approach of cleaning and repairing teeth.
Our approach embraces each patient with the goal of helping them feel better during their visit as well as improving their health for a lifetime. Our office doesn’t look, smell or feel like a dental office. We don’t limit ourselves to a small number of traditionally provided dental services and like to offer our patients “one stop shopping” for their dental needs whenever it is possible to do so.
We love helping our patients reach their full potential of having a healthy, happy and attractive smile while using the mouth as an opportunity to improve the entire body.
We are not “normal”, will never be boring and will always be different!
We understand that dentistry is an emotional subject for many who have negative opinions about what they might have experienced in the past. We treat the entire patients’ needs to the best of our ability and love seeing our patients relax and enjoy our office and team. The extra touch of aromatherapy, heated neck towels and friendly faces are things that our patients have come to appreciate about our level of commitment to their comfort.
We also offer NuCalm technology to assist our patients in reducing any anxiety that they might have regarding their dental care. For more information, please click below
As we assess the needs of our patients and our plan to assist them in their healthcare goals, we consider six separate, yet connected components of the basics of health.
We view our patients as friends. We look at the whole patient for a lifetime as compared to a part of the body for only a portion of their lives
Dr. Tenholder has over 20 years of clinical experience as well as over 1000 hours of post doctoral education. In addition, she possesses accreditations and certifications that show her commitment to continuing to learn more to serve her patients even better
Our ultra modern facility is located in the premier professional building in Columbia, Illinois. which is close enough to the downtown St Louis area to see the Gateway Arch from our 3rd story office windows. We are only a 30 minute drive from St. Louis International airport and have convenient access to US Interstate 255 and Illinois Route 3.
Due to Dr. Tenholder's highly advanced and specialized training, we have many patients who travel to see us from all over the country. If you or your family require local lodging, we have a contract with the Hampton Inn in Columbia for our patients.
We coordinate with most dental insurances and offer our own in-house SmileSavers Program for those who do not have dental benefits.
Please contact our office to determine if we will be able to assist you with utilizing your dental benefits.
With Dr. Tenholder's experience and training, our office offers many services that other offices do not provide for their patients. Even though we occasionally refer our patients to dental specialists, we are proud to offer most dental services to minimize the inconvenience of needing to seek the care of multiple providers for your family's dental care.
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The ability of the teeth to complement each other during chewing function as well as the effect of dental infections as they impact the entire body is the very first thing that we evaluate. After all, we are a dental office!
If the teeth are out of balance, it can affect the muscles of the head and neck, and eventually the entire body.
Without proper support of the teeth the jaw joint, also known as the TMJ (temporomandibular joint), the other joints of the body can also be affected.
Anyone who has had pain in the mouth, head or neck has witnessed the impact of how the brain interprets a signal of discomfort from the mouth and surrounding areas. The facial area supplied by the most powerful cranial nerve in the body (the trigeminal nerve) is directly responsible for almost 50% of what the brain is processing at any given time. We use our knowledge of this impressive and complicated neurological system to help our patients lead healthier, happier lives.
The ability of air to flow from the nose and mouth to the lungs is directly impacted by the structure of the mouth, especially the tongue. We help diagnose potential restrictions in this area and provide solutions to improve the ability to properly breathe and provide oxygen to the body through dental therapies.
The mouth is where “life” begins. Communication, breathing, eating, drinking and smiling are critical to everyday quality of life. Function and appearance directly affect a person’s feeling of emotional, physical and functional wellness.
We love our patients, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.
1000 Eleven South Suite 3F, Columbia, IL 62236, US
Our mission is to provide you with personalized, high-quality care. We are a team dedicated to improving and maintaining your oral health. Whether you need preventative care, cosmetic dentistry, biological dentistry, treatment for ALF Therapy or therapies for snoring and sleep apnea, we are dedicated to optimizing the health and function of your mouth to with the goal of helping your entire body.
We offer broad array of services. Our team has the professional experience to realize that there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all treatment, so we never use a one-size-fits-all approach to your dental plan.
We provide quality and personalized oral health care while keeping your individuality in mind. Our goal is to improve and maintain your oral health so you can smile with confidence.
Feel free to fax any documents to 618.281.9734
1000 Eleven South Suite 3F, Columbia, IL 62236, US
Monday - Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday - Sunday: Closed