Dr. Dale Kunkel, DDS, has opened Four State Dental at 825 E. Highway 60, Suite H, in Monett.
The new business is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.
Kunkel, who also owns Four States Dental in Neosho, has practiced dentistry for over 28 years. He decided to open an office in Monett after visiting his step-son, Riley Snyder, and getting acquainted with the community.
"I was looking to expand my patient base," Kunkel said. "I already treat a number of patients from the Monett area in Neosho. Now, they will have the opportunity to have services at either location."
All patient records are kept electronically and can be transferred within minutes.
Kunkel offers sedation dentistry for patients who need it.
"Currently, patients will have to visit the Neosho location," Kunkel said. "I have applied for the oral and intravenous sedation, and following the inspection of this facility, expect it to be available in Monett sometime in January."
"Dr. Kunkel is like the one-stop-shop of dentistry," added Kaysha Daugherty, office manager. "He takes a lot of courses to keep up with changing trends in dentistry."
"If I do something, I want to do it right," Kunkel added. "I looked at a lot of things we were referring to specialists and thought there is no reason to have to make those referrals.
"I'd say we do about 90 percent of root canals and 80 percent of our extractions right here," Kunkel said. "We also offer implants, Invisalign braces for adults and teens, crowns, fillings, lumineers, hygiene programs, cosmetics and non-surgical gum therapy."
The business accepts all local industry insurances, and will apply for insurance coverage they don't already offer.
"We want to serve patients to the best of our ability," Kunkel said. "We can design a step-by-step plan to get a patient's mouth back I shape."
Many illnesses have a direct correlation to an unhealthy mouth, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and dental disease.
"So much of the body's overall health is tied to its oral health," Kunkel said. "We don't charge to find out what's wrong, only to fix it."
The office gives free exams, x-rays and initial consults to patients.
In 1998, Kunkel was named Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry; Fellow of the International Congress of Implantology in 2004; and Fellow of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation in 2007.
He received his bachelor of science in pharmacy and graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin; Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) through Baylor College of Dentistry; became a pharmacist intern M.D. at Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute; served as a staff pharmacist M.D. at Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute; and a part-time staff pharmacist at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
"My dad did meaningful work until he reached the age of 75," Kunkel said. "I hope, as long as my hands, eyes, brain and heart holds out, to continue doing meaningful work, as long as possible. I'm having a blast. I love my work."
For more information, call Four States Dental at 635-1173 or visit the Internet at www.4statesdentalcare.com.