Dental Solutions for Medical Challenges
Dentistry Done Differently
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 offer many different services at Synergy Dental Solutions.
Some people just want their teeth cleaned, repaired and replaced.
Others are interested in taking advantage of the many years of experience, hundreds hours of training and the cutting edge services offered at Synergy Dental Solutions. Many of our patients travel many miles to take advantage of Dr. Angie's expertise and care. Others have been her traditional dental patients for over 25 years.
We welcome patients of all kinds and provide services that many dental offices do not offer. Our additional training and technology allow us to serve our patients who are interested in a more comprehensive approach to care including:
Your health and safety are our highest priority.
As a biological and technologically advanced dental office, we have always taken infection control seriously and followed universal precautions as outlined by the CDC and OSHA standards of infection control. With COVID-19, we have proactively added extended measures to further protect our patients to ensure you can receive your dental care without fear or apprehension.
Some of these measures include:
• Additional training provided to all team members on COVID-19-specific protocols and procedures;
• Implementation of daily staff screening to ensure they are not symptomatic prior to contact with any patients;
• In-office screening for patients prior to the start of each appointment including a temperature check;
• Updated protocols regarding the use of personal protective equipment for you and the team. Provided a safe and separate changing area for the staff;
• Heightened infection control protocols including our DAVE system, Hypochlorous Acid and UV Light Sanitation;
• Changes in check-in, waiting room, and check-out procedures to enhance social distancing and decrease risk of contact with others. This includes requiring all paperwork to be completed prior to the appointment and collecting payment over the phone as we are able to;
• Added four additional treatment chairs so we can follow social distancing guidelines without decreasing the number of patients seen in a day. We also added an additional, private treatment area to accommodate children or adults with Oral Functional needs;
• Requiring a mask for anyone over the age of two in our office. (We understand not all children will be able to wear one, but please make the attempt);
• Only the patient being seen will be allowed in the treatment areas. Parents of children over six may be asked to wait in the waiting room if social distancing allows, and if not, they can wait in their vehicle or hallway. We will notify you if/when the doctor needs to speak with you;
• When you arrive at the office please notify us that you are here. We will tell you when it is safe to come up. Please do not arrive early as you may be asked to wait in your car if our waiting room is occupied to capacity with other patients.
• If anyone coming to the appointment has a cold, cough, or fever, please call to be rescheduled as early as you can. If you are not comfortable keeping your appointment at this time 48 hours’ notice is still required to not incur a fee.
We continue to monitor recommendations from the CDC, as well as local, state, and federal agencies, and will make additional changes as necessary to ensure your ongoing safety. Our commitment to high standards of care as your dental health provider ensures your health and safety will not be compromised.
We value you as a patient and are looking forward to taking care of you and your smile!
The Synergy Dental Team
To learn more about the most updated recommendations developed to protect your health , please use the following link for the Centers for Disease Control Guidance for Dental Settings
We use a highly effective frequency of light to disinfect the air and surfaces in our office. Germicidal UVC lamps kill up to 99.9% of most viruses, airborne bacteria and mold spores.
UVC technology is used worldwide in hospitals, healthcare facilities and commercial buildings to create safer environments.
During UVC sterilization applications, direct exposure to 254nm UVC radiation, given appropriate exposure time, will inactivate the DNA and RNA of microorganisms (such as bacteria, viruses, mold spores, yeast, and protozoa), rendering them "sterile" (unable to reproduce), which, in biological terms, results in a "dead" microorganism.
Our Dental Aerosol Ventilation Evacuation (DAVE) units allow the aerosols created through our procedures to be immediately and efficiently removed from our treatment rooms.
As a biological dental office, we have always utilized this system to remove mercury vapor and laser plumes from our treatment areas.
In the era of the COVID-19 pandemic, our DAVE units are now a powerful asset in controlling the aerosols that are indicated in the transmission of the coronavirus.
Improvements have been made to our office to include:
We provide several additional layers of protection while we care for our patients:
By using a very specific application of laser therapy that feels like a gentle, warm heat, we have the opportunity to help your baby overcome the challenges of birth trauma and nursing difficulties.
The warm and bright environment is instantly welcoming and calming. Dr. Angie and Nicole both radiate such a positive and professional energy that instantly makes you feel comfortable. From the first visit before receiving treatment I knew I wanted to return as soon as possible and refer as many people as I could that would benefit from their care. I am anxious to see more results in (my baby) as the days go by from the wonderful care we both received today. I hope that more dentists and dental offices become aware of the great benefit that stems from the care provided here and welcome the same care into their offices.
How is your experience here different that other dental offices?
Professionalism is off the charts! I felt more like friends/family than a patient. The honest care is obvious. It’s not about the quantity of money here, it’s truly the quality of care. Thank You!!
We were created with the innate ability to thrive.
When unwanted obstacles to natural development occur, we strive to utilize the tools given to us to overcome those obstacles.
By optimizing tongue function and supporting the reflex system we honor the "Master Plan" by mimicking nature's objectives and honoring the principles of human development.
By striving to create the most natural method of growth and development, our providers can offer minimal intervention while offering maximal potential.
Our highly trained team includes our very own tongue function specialist and baby whisperer, Nicole Edwin. For more information on her services, please click on the button below:
We believe that the opportunities provided by utilizing ALF Therapy to guide facial growth allow us to support your child in ways where other appliances and techniques often fall short.
The use of the ALF family of dental appliances allows an easy to use system of continuous wear as opposed to removable and part-time wear appliances.
Parents love not having to force their children into wearing uncomfortable removable appliances and/or performing boring exercises.
Many other dental appliances are both uncomfortable and affect speech, eating and socialization with their peers.
ALF Therapy benefits include:
The decision to care for a child's smile as they GROW is truly a HEALTHCARE decision.
Utilizing the appliance designs of ALF Therapy allow providers to harness the potential of Mother Nature
The smile of our children not only has the ability to brighten our day, but also has the potential to improve their lives by applying the basic principles of health and wellness to their facial growth. Development of the face affects the ability of every person, whether child or adult, to function on a daily basis.
GROW Therapy provides advantages otherwise not available through more traditional orthodontic options and other dental appliances that negatively affect the ability of the tongue to enhance function and natural growth..
GROW Therapy is not to be compared to traditional orthodontic services as the methods and techniques of assessment and treatment are distinctively different.
By harnessing the power of Mother Nature, the child has a unique opportunity to grow at their own pace, develop with careful observation and ensure that their precious brain and neurological systems are respected and supported through the entire process of growth and facial development.
By allowing the brain to connect, nature can take over.
By applying the tips, techniques and tools offered through ALF: GROW, the child will be supported, nurtured and guided through some of the most critical times of their lives
Did you know that approximately 90% of facial growth has been completed by the age of 12?
After the majority of facial development has been completed, we still have the opportunity to guide the patient back to a more ideal function using a natural, principle-based treatment to supplement health. Our Guide program addresses those concerns and supports a comprehensive care approach to ALF Therapy.
The Guide Program address ALF Therapy treatment options related to optimizing oral function to address:
· airway insufficiency/sleep disordered breathing
*crowded, crooked teeth
· movement disorders
· extraction/retraction orthodontics
· TMJD, clicking/popping jaw joints and craniofacial pain
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 face
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 Rou
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 famil
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.
To view our programs and services, please click below:
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.
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