Why Choose Us?

Total Care. Total Commitment. Total Comfort.

From the moment you step into our offices, you notice something different. Is it the friendly welcome you receive from our front office reception team? The inviting, well appointed surroundings? Maybe it's the assurance you get that we know what we're doing. It could be the feeling you get that we're going to make your stay as pleasant as possible. Whatever it is, you know you're in for a totally different dental experience with Dr. Gunderson than you've ever had before.

3 Reasons You Can Smile Bigger

  • The Human Touch
    We treat you the way you deserve to be treated, like a real person with real needs. When you're with us we focus solely on you. We listen to your concerns and answer your questions. We work with you to make your smile the best it can be. Meet your dental team.

  • Advanced Technology and Techniques
    We outfit our offices with state-of-the-art equipment and stay on the leading edge of the latest dental techniques. We do this not to have the newest toys, or to be part of the most recent fad. We adopt only the most reliable procedural advancements to make sure you get the very best treatment currently available. Learn more about our technology and techniques.

  • Total Comfort
    We are committed to creating the most comfortable dental experience possible. Our promise to you is total comfort. You can count on us to do everything in our power to help you relax. We specialize in calming your anxiety by eliminating any thought you might have of discomfort. Find out about sedation dentistry.

Our Advanced Techniques and Technologies

Gum Therapy and Care
Sedation Dentistry
Composite Inlays and Onlays
Composite Bonding and Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain Crowns
Dental Implants
Fixed Bridges
Intra-Oral Camera
Digital X-Rays

Gum Therapy and Care

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is extremely common, affecting about 50 million Americans. It can easily go undetected because it often exists only as a painless infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. But it is the largest cause of tooth damage and loss in adults. Recent studies also link gum disease with heart disease, diabetes, and pre-term, low birth-weight babies.

Though difficult to detect, it's not impossible. And with such serious consequences, it is important to catch and treat it early.

Signs of periodontal disease include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen Gums
  • Tender Gums
  • Constant Bad Breath
  • Loose Teeth
  • Pus between Teeth and Gums
  • Newly Misaligned Teeth

We treat mild to severe gum disease using a non-surgical method. Our program for gum therapy is easy on your gums and your wallet. Our highly effective treatment involves deep cleaning above and below the gum line, along with antibiotics delivered directly into the infected area. We use a new antibiotic called Arestin (recently approved by the FDA) because it is fast, easy, and comfortable. This destroys any remaining bacteria that caused the gum infection in the first place.

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Sedation Dentistry

What to Expect from Sedation Dentistry

Nervous about dental treatment?

You're not alone. A lot of people cringe even at the mere thought of going to the dentist. The pain. The discomfort. It can be unpleasant. The problem is that fear and phobia cause people to avoid dental treatment altogether. And that only makes matters worse. Small problems become bigger problems, and eventually require more serious treatment.

If you or someone you care about is thinking about dental care but cannot overcome the anxiety to make an appointment, consider this:

Dr. Gunderson specializes in gentle, pain-free, compassionate dental care. We truly understand your very real feelings and can help you conquer your concerns! Let us give you and your loved ones happy, healthy smiles-painlessly, safely, and easily.

Dentistry has changed!

Now you can choose sedation dentistry and have:

  • No pain.
  • No discomfort.
  • No worries.

Here's how sedation dentistry works:

  1. You take a small pill an hour before you come in.
  2. Your friend will bring you into the office very drowsy, where you will be escorted into our comfort room.
  3. You will be covered in a soft blanket and placed on a monitor that watches your vital signs.
  4. Only when you are totally comfortable will your dental team provide the dental care you need.
  5. Your friend will return you home to rest for awhile, and you will arise to feel completely refreshed.

Sedation Dentistry Facts

Sedation dentistry is...


You take an everyday sort of sedative. No intravenous tubes. No laughing gas. Just a small sleeping pill that allows you to drift calmly into a relaxing restfulness and then to arise feeling refreshed. No side effects. No lingering drowsiness. You'll be better than ever!

Why worry? Your mind will be completely at ease. You will be so relaxed, you won't even be fully aware of the treatments you are receiving. You won't remember any of the sights, sounds, smells...anything specific about your visit. In fact, you will have very little memory of your experience.

You will be taken care of every step of the way. We will attend to your every comfort, making sure that you are kept safe and sound the entire time you are in our care. Our comfort room is specially fitted with soft blankets and fluffy pillows, soft lighting and a calming decor. Be our guest.

There's no better way to get more out of every dental visit than with sedation dentistry. Because you are so deeply relaxed, we can provide you many years of dental care in a just a few visits. We can we work with you longer in every visit without the fatigue or discomfort a longer procedure would usually bring on. Think how much you could do with your smile in a very short time!

Ask the Dentist about Sedation Dentistry

Q. Will I ever be left alone?
A. No. Your dental team is always with you, monitoring your vital signs and attending to your every need.

Q. Will I be unconscious?
A. No. You will be drowsy, but responsive yet only minimally aware.

Q. Will someone need to accompany me?
A. Yes. You will be unable to drive after taking the sedative, so a friend will need to drive you to and from your visit.

Q. How long will I be sleepy?
A. Depending on the requirements of your dental procedures, you will likely be drowsy for several hours and we recommend that you do not drive for up to 24 hours.

Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?

Who is a good candidate for sedation dentistry?

If you can answer "yes" to any of these statements, you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry:

  1. My teeth are very sensitive.
  2. I prefer to avoid the pain and discomfort of dental treatments.
  3. It is sometimes difficult for me to go completely numb to pain.
  4. My life is too busy for any number of long dental visits.
  5. I need extensive dental work that requires lengthy procedures.
  6. I have an uncontrollable gag reflex.
  7. It is embarrassing to have someone work on my mouth.
  8. I get nervous, maybe even fearful about going to the dentist.
  9. I hate needles, shots, and other physical intrusions.
  10. I don't like the noises, smells, or tastes related to dental treatments.
  11. I have experienced a traumatic dental visit in the past.
  12. I avoid going to the dentist for whatever reason.

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Do you like the color of your teeth? Are you afraid to smile because you think your teeth are dingy and unattractive? Now you can smile again! With whiter, brighter teeth, you'll feel more sure of yourself and you'll smile more often. Think what a difference that will make in your social and professional life.

With our at home whitening, we construct custom-fit bleaching trays that match the contours of your teeth. You then apply the bleaching solution to your teeth using the custom trays. By wearing the trays for about 30 to 60 minutes per day for an average of about two to three weeks, you end up with a dazzling, bright smile.

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Composite Inlays and Onlays

If you have had teeth with large cavities, chances are you have those old silver or gold fillings that really stand out in your mouth. Now you can replace unsightly metal fillings with natural-looking, tooth-colored resin inlays and onlays. Inlays and onlays are extremely strong and long lasting, and they help restore the tooth and protect against further damage.

An inlay, or filling, covers only one or two surfaces of the damaged tooth, and is used to repair a small amount of decay. Compared with crowns, inlays provide a less expensive way to treat cavities. Onlays are bonded to the teeth, and are required when we need to cover and repair more area around the tooth. Onlays blend so well with your existing teeth that you can hardly tell where the tooth starts and the restoration begins.

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Composite Bonding and Porcelain Veneers

Keep on smiling. If you are uncomfortable with the way your smile looks, we can enhance your smile with bonding and veneers in the following ways:

  • Repair Chips
  • Close Gaps and Spaces
  • Remove Discoloration
  • Brighten Teeth Color
  • Reshape Teeth

Imagine yourself with straight, dazzling, white teeth. You can have a brilliant, perfect smile in just a few visits!

Composite Bonding

Bonding can improve the look of your teeth, especially if bleaching does not remove some tough stains. The procedure calls for a composite resin filling be applied to the front surface of the teeth to restore chipped or broken teeth, fill in any gaps, and reshape or recolor your smile. Essentially, you are concealing any flaws on the surface of your teeth. The result? A flawless smile, of course.

The bonding procedure requires us to first remove the shine of the enamel on the applicable teeth, so that the composite resin will adhere well. Then, we apply the resin to the teeth, exposing them to a high-intensity light. This hardens the resin and seals the enamel. After bonding the resin to the teeth, we can contour the bonding material to the shape of your teeth. Finally, we polish your teeth to a fine sheen.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are quite beautiful and very durable, lasting up to 15 years without renewal. If you want a straight, even, bright smile, porcelain veneers could be just the ticket. Veneers are very thin porcelain sheets that can be shaped to exactly fit each one of your existing front teeth.

All of your veneers will have a natural shape and will share consistent coloring. Bonded permanently to your teeth, veneers are typically applied in groups to complete the consistent look across your entire smile. These procedures can be done with little or no removal of tooth enamel.

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Porcelain Crowns

Crowns are similar to veneers, except that they are meant for weaker, worn, or brittle teeth. A crown is a restoration that covers the entire tooth. Like a cap, the crown is bonded around the tooth to restore the normal size and shape of the tooth. Once a crown is in place, the tooth is much stronger and prevents a badly decayed tooth from fracture. We can create an all-porcelain crown for a beautiful, natural look. A crown may become necessary when there are large-scale defects in the tooth surface.

Crowns can repair any surface defects caused by:

  • Grinding Teeth
  • Tooth Decay
  • Root Canals
  • Filling Decay
  • Lost Filling
  • Chipped Enamel
  • Cracked Enamel
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Dental Implants

Today, we can replace individual missing teeth without altering any nearby teeth. This has not always been possible. But dental implant techniques have become much more sophisticated in recent years. Time was when people were forced to use fixed bridges, which frequently required the removal of good teeth to replace a single missing tooth. Another option was the use of removable appliances, such as dentures. People who used to wear full or partial dentures can now use non-removable, natural-looking replacements. They can also lock dentures into place to increase comfort and greatly enhance chewing.

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Fixed Bridges

A fixed bridge replaces one or more missing teeth. The bridge is permanently bonded into place and is firmly attached to the neighboring teeth. We can provide you a porcelain bridge fused to precious metal or an all-porcelain bridge without any metal, depending on your preference.

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Intra-Oral Camera

Intra-Oral cameras allow you to see what we see inside your mouth. This tiny camera uses a pen-sized lens to take live video, and the images are transmitted to a video monitor for you to view. Why would you want to see such detail inside your own mouth? To be better informed when we recommend treatment options.

While X-rays provide valuable information, they can't show you everything that's going on in your mouth. That's why we have invested in this highly advanced piece of diagnostic equipment. The intra-oral camera allows us to zoom up on a very specific area of your mouth to really get a good look.

Now you can take a more active role in your dental treatment. With a clear understanding of your dental conditions, you'll be able to make treatment decisions with confidence. You can even take the video tour home with you.

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Digital X-Rays

Remember when the dentist used to take an X-ray of your mouth? There was always the concern about radiation, of course, and the long wait for the results was inconvenient. These days, digital radiology is safer, faster, and easier than ever before. With digital radiography, there's no film packet to expose and develop. Instead, we use a small sensor connected directly to a computer. Digital X-rays have many specific advantages over the traditional X-ray process.

Advantages of Digital X-Rays:

  • 7 images can be viewed instantly.
  • Up to 90-percent less radiation increases safety.
  • Images can be digitally enhanced to improve viewing.
  • Digital images can be stored for future retrieval.
  • No messy chemicals are required for developing.

Taking X-rays is faster because the sensor is merely moved from tooth to tooth, and the X-rays are available immediately on the computer Monitor.

Digital X-rays are safer because the exposure is shorter than for conventional X-rays, so the amount of X-ray radiation is substantially reduced.

Plus digital X-rays make it easier to see details that will assist us in planning your dental care. Displayed on a computer monitor, digital X-ray images are 400 percent larger than traditional X-rays. With a single click, we can zoom in on a single tooth, rotate it, sharpen it and colorize it. All this makes it so much easier to determine and explain your treatment procedure.

This advanced technology speeds treatment and helps us make the most accurate and efficient diagnosis of your dental condition.

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