While there is much information available on what we should do to have healthy teeth and gums, one of the most important things not to do is to skip going to the dentist. For many people, fear is the driving force behind avoiding dental appointments so it is important to find a dentist who knows this and works to alleviate apprehension in patients. Finding the right dentist can oftentimes be a challenge, but your search time will be over if you start with Hopkins & Shin Family and Sedation Dentistry at 2748 Milton Way. Dr. Dennis G. Hopkins, DDS, Dr. Bowman Y. Shin, DMD, and their warm and caring team are dedicated to providing you with the personalized, pain-free and anxiety-free care you’re looking for.
“As dentists, foremost, we want to help people; doing so in a comfortable and caring manner is our goal,” says Dr. Hopkins, a University of Washington alumnus (“Go Huskies!”).
Hopkins & Shin Dentistry applies a gentle approach with state-of-the-art technologies, offering oral sedation for those patients who normally avoid going to the dentist due to dental anxiety. This can include nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation in pill form, such as Valium and Halcion, to dull the senses. Some sedatives work so effectively that even the smells and details of the procedure cannot be recalled afterward.
“I have a very high fear of dentistry, and after finding out more about Sedation Dentistry with Hopkins and Shin family dentistry, I felt a bit more comfortable and was able to get all of my dental work completed at one appointment,” states one satisfied patient.
In an online review, patient Adam V. wrote: “As a person who is absolutely terrified of dental work and only goes in when an emergency comes up, this place is the real deal. Dr. Shin is by far the best dentist in the state. He will, in detail, explain everything that's going on in person or on the phone. They go at your pace, never rushing to get through the procedure. They give you breaks whenever you need one (which I do due to fear). Thank you, Dr. Shin. You have helped me more than you know.”
Hopkins & Shin Dentistry offers a very broad range of services – root canals, extractions, crowns and bridges as well as basic restorations, and cosmetic and orthodontics using the Invisalign approach (“the clear alternative to braces”). Hopkins & Shin also offers relief for snoring and life-threatening sleep apnea. Using an alternative to the CPAP mask, those who cannot wear, or don’t like to wear, the traditional mask while sleeping can find relief with an intraoral appliance that has been successful in many patients.
In addition to providing top-notch care for patients, Hopkins & Shin Family Dentistry has its heart in the community.
Dr. Hopkins grew up in this area, graduating from Fife High School and having his practice in Milton since 1994. “It’s so rewarding to watch our patients grow up with us then return with their young families,” he said. Dr. Shin attended the University of Washington for his undergraduate studies and attended Northwestern University Dental School and Nova Southeastern Dental School where he received his dental degree in 2000.
Hopkins & Shin Family Dentistry takes appointments six days a week and evening hours – and seniors receive a 5 percent discount. Right now, new patients get $100 off their exam, x-rays and cleaning (see coupon below). Emergency patients are accepted but appointments are preferred for complete treatments.