Have a Fear of Dentists or Suffer Dental Anxiety?

Meet Dr. Sean Simper, Your Dental Implants Kennewick WA Dentist

Dr. Simper, Southridge Dental Kennewick, created this site in order to educate and inform the public of some of his highly specialized skills and services. 

Dr.  Simper has obtained the prestigious award of fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry, a status held by less than 5% of dentists nationwide. He is currently working on his Mastership status, which less than 1% of all dentists hold. 

Highly skilled at his craft, Dr. Simper has achieved status as an artist in his field. His dedication to detail shapes everything he does. 

Performing dental services that branch into orthodontics (braces), endodontics (root canals), periodontics (gum disease), and prosthodontics (restoration and replacement of teeth), Dr. Simper has the dental skills you have been looking for in your Kennewick Dentist. .

In addition, Dr. Simper prides himself on providing comfort dentistry on all procedures and services.

Do You Fear the Dentist or Have Severe Dental Anxiety?

With Comfort Dentistry,
Leave the Fear and Anxiety Behind You!

You can feel the difference when you walk in our door. The warm and welcoming presence of our staff and our dental practice, signal to you this is a different kind of dentist. A dentist that understands and calms your anxiety and fears, allowing us to provide you dental care and treatment at a level you have never experienced before. Are you ready to experience Comfort Dentistry?

Rather than sleepless nights, fear and paralyzing anxiety just thinking about your upcoming dental appointment – think about a Pain Free, Anxiety Free, and a Comfortable, Relaxing Experience. We understand a “fear of dentists”, and we also understand that even under the best of circumstances, nobody gets excited about going to the dentist. We understand a dental visit isn’t on your bucket list, but we also understand how important your dental health is to your overall health. This is why we are launching a Comfort Dentistry program in Kennewick and the surrounding Tri-cities area.

Comfort Dentistry Will Ease & Calm Your Dental Fear

It is estimated over 30% of the population does not go to the dentist because of dental fear. We are changing that with our modern and effective comfort solutions that allow all to receive modern and fear free dental treatment.

If you have a fear of the dentist, you’re not alone. As your trusted dental care partner, we are well aware of how frightening the thought of the dentist’s chair can be. With that in mind, we’ve created a physically and mentally comfortable environment at Southridge Dental.

We offer a number of sedation options to calm and relax you before and during each appointment. Our staff and providers always use a gentle touch and refined dentistry techniques; however, we know that offering a wide range of sedation services increases the treatment benefits and your comfort.

Everyone fears something. For a lot of people, it is heights, closed-in spaces, clowns, or the dark. And for a good many people, it’s the dentist. Most people know they have no reason to fear the dentist – after all, the dentist is there to help you – but this does not always help to ease their fears. Fear of injections for anesthesia, the drill, and even just the thought of someone putting their hands in your mouth can be enough to cause you to forego the dental care that you need.

Our promise to our patients is simple: To make the experience in our office be one that is above the patient’s expectations in terms of care and compassion. We can do no more than that as Dentists or people.

Sedation Dentistry

Many people are under the assumption that Sedation Dentistry means you are asleep for the entire dental procedure. This is rarely the case. There are some procedures that may require full sedation, but for most, what they are speaking of is Conscious Sedation Dentistry. You are awake and can talk to the dental provider, but are incredibly relaxed and free of worry or fear – the STRESS is gone!

For those that truly need sedation, we will prescribe you a medication to take immediately before coming to our office, so that it begins to work once we begin to work. For most though, these other alternatives work to alleviate anxiety, relax you, and make your dental experience comfortable and memorable.

Our Dental Practice is Structured with Just One Thing in Mind, the Comfort and Care of our Patients

Your Comfort Dentistry Treatment Room Complete with Pandora and Netflix

As you are shown to the exam room; as you sit down and sink back into the dental chair – we will be there with you – offering you the best in comfort dentistry:

Warm blankets (dental offices are always cold, aren’t they?)

Warm neck rolls

Warm facial towel

Paraffin hand wax treatment

Soothing lip balm

Pandora music


It’s just like being curled up on the couch at home. Slowly drift away and relax before your treatment even begins.

Other Steps We Take To Ensure Your Comfort

Nitrous Oxide: Simply put, Nitrous Oxide is the most patient requested form of sedation. Commonly known as Laughing Gas, you won’t be laughing or giggling, just enjoying one of the most efficient forms of sedation.

Nitrous oxide is perhaps the most sought-after clinical sedative because it offers an ideal experience: a painkiller that induces a euphoric feeling. When laughing gas is first administered, you’ll feel a tingling sensation in the arms and legs, followed by a warm feeling of well-being. It’s an effective option for increasing comfort because relaxation occurs quickly and the depth of sedation can be increased or decreased, which few other sedation techniques allow.

NOMAD Portable X-Ray System: Do you hate bitewing x-rays? You are asked to “bite down”, and hold this painful and uncomfortable contraption in your mouth while the dental assistant steps out of the room to activate the x-ray. Say goodbye to that experience, and step up to the comfort of NOMAD handheld x-ray technology.

Prescription Strength Numbing Gel: We use prescription strength topical numbing gel to numb the gums before an injection, eliminating that initial pinch from the needle. This helps alleviate nervousness or fear you may feel from the sight of a syringe. Seriously, you won’t feel a thing.

Local Anesthetic: We use a powerful local anesthetic that, when combined with our prescription strength numbing gel, makes dental procedures painless.

Say Goodbye to Fear, Pain, Stress and Dental Anxiety

Does this sound like the Dentist you have been looking for? Are you ready to step up and experience Comfort Dentistry for yourself?

Call today, let us show you the path to erase dental fears, and experience a level of dental comfort and patient care you’ve been hoping for.

Call Today:  (509) 591-0479

 "Easiest time I have ever spent in the chair! Dr. Simper takes time to explain everything with no surprises. He listens to concerns and adjusts himself to make you feel more comfortable. AND, the support staff are phenomenal! Greet you by name and are always happy to assist! I am so glad I finally found a dental home for my family!" 

Chantelle Roberts

 "Dr. Simper and his staff are excellent. Everyone is super nice and they do great work.  Because of my previous dental experience I had gone SEVEN years without getting a checkup. Now I go every six months and I don't have anxiety and I'm treated like I'm pretty darn special Oh- and my teeth look GREAT!" 

Lori Flannery

 "After seeing several dentists in the Tri Cities, I found Dr. Simper and no longer have to keep looking. I have severe dental phobia, but have always been comfortable with Dr. Simper. He listens to my concerns and works to create a treatment plan I can feel comfortable with. The office staff is always courteous and professional. You won't be disappointed if you give them a try." 

Tracie Boothe

 "I have had extreme anxiety with Dental care and orthodontic treatments in my past. So far, at Southridge Dental I have been blown away!
The entire staff appear to be invested in my experience. They listen. They give advice and support without being pushy or degrading. Dr. Simper is kind and thoughtful as well as driven to do what is needed. He is so knowledgeable in this field.

Chelle Hankinson


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3911 West 27th Avenue
Suite 105
Kennewick, WA 99337