By Colleen Moore
Special to the Bonanza
Incline Village locals know when it comes to all things teeth, Incline Dental Care has them covered.
Located in a small triangular shaped building, the practice was founded in the 1970s by Dr. Bill Cherry. In the 1990s, current owner, Dr. Nick Duncan, joined the practice and bought it in 2008, when Dr. Cherry retired.
Currently, Incline Dental Care has two full time dentists, Dr. Duncan and Dr. Jason Doucette. Dr. Doucette has been practicing dentistry for more than a decade, with the past year being spent at Incline Dental Care. The practice is a "full service dental office," Dr. Doucette explained.
"We do everything from crowns, fillings, root canals, extractions, dental implants and cleanings," Dr. Doucette said.
The practice offers general and cosmetic treatments. Cosmetic treatments include porcelain veneers, teeth whitening and bonding.
"For a small community, people want as many services as they possibly can have locally. I say for a dental office we do a pretty good job of providing what the community needs," Dr. Doucette said.
He added that if the practice doesn't offer a service, they are willing to refer to other practices. One such service is orthodontic work.
Incline Dental Care strives to make going to the dentist as easy and pain free as possible. Walking into the office is more like stopping by a friend's house, as the waiting room has a warm, cozy fireplace adorned with festive decorations. Refreshments are provided, as well as convenient travel sized toothpastes for patients to grab on their way out.
Going above and beyond, the practice has a therapy dog, Otis, who is available to sit on patient's lap during treatments or cleanings.
"Patients request (Otis)," Dr. Doucette said. "It just seems to really bring a calm peace over the patients."
For patients that have to get a lot of work done, or even if just the idea of going to the dentist makes them cringe, Dr. Duncan is a sedation dentist. He is licensed to use IV sedation on patients who'd rather snooze through their visit.
"Even if someone (is) coming in to having a couple fillings or crowns ... if they are a highly anxious person, they have the option to have the procedure done under IV sedation with (Dr. Duncan)," Dr. Doucette explained. "He went and got trained and certified for IV sedation because there's a lot of people, whether they need something small done or a lot of things done all at once, they can be sedated to where it's a very enjoyable experience."
The practice is also known around the basin for its emergency care. If a patient is in pain, the office goes to great lengths to see him or her as soon as possible.
"We want to take care of the community. If someone calls and they're in pain, we typically will see them that day," Dr. Doucette said. "We are the only dental office in Incline. We know there's a responsibility with that as medical providers."
Incline Dental Care takes pride in using the latest technology available for dental work, including intra-oral cameras, CO2 lasers for gum surgery, and high powered microscopes. These technologies help make each visit to the dentist as easy as possible.
Dr. Doucette recommends patients visit the dentist at least twice a year, adding that even if you've missed a visit it's important to get your teeth looked at regularly.
"I tell everyone I know, including my friends ... the worst thing you can do is stay away. The best thing you can do is keep coming in for your cleanings and exams, because if anything starts to change, cancer or otherwise, I can catch it early enough and save you from any long term health affects," Dr. Doucette said. "We love what we do. We treat (patients) all the same. We're just happy to treat anybody who wants to use us to take care of their mouth."
Dr. Doucette empathizes well with patients himself, as he admitted to having anxiety about dental work done on his own mouth.
"I get it," the dentist said about dreading the dentist.
And as for some common advice, Dr. Doucette said it's important to always remember to floss and brush your teeth at least twice a day, and to never skip brushing at night.