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Dental phobia, or a fear of dental treatment or the dentist’s office, is a legitimate concern for some patients. Unfortunately, this fear can prevent them from getting the oral care they need for healthy smiles. If you or a family member suffer from dental phobia, Dr. Cory Gaunt and the team at Downriver Smiles will do everything possible to alleviate your fear and help you relax at our comfortable and welcoming dental clinic. Patients with dental phobia in Spokane are welcome at Downriver Smiles.

Many, if not most, cases of dental phobia are based on a poor previous experience at another dental clinic. This experience is forever fixed in the patient’s memory, and it colors their view of every other dental clinic, even without visiting. At Downriver Smiles, we understand this, but will still ask you to give us the benefit of the doubt and schedule a visit. Our state-of-the-art dental clinic is designed with your comfort in mind. We offer numerous comfort amenities and perks to help you relax and focus on other things while we perform pain-free dental procedures with the utmost compassion and care.

From advanced dental technology to our calm, friendly chairside manner and more, we do everything possible to provide a soothing, pain-free dental care experience that can change your perception of oral care for a lifetime. We know that is quite a boast – but schedule a visit, and let us prove it to you!

Are You Afraid of the Dentist?

Are you afraid of the dentist? We understand and sympathize. Calmly allowing a stranger to stick their hands and strange tools into your mouth is not necessarily a natural exercise! We get it! We also know that avoiding dental care can be disastrous for your oral and overall health. Let us help you relax and provide superior-level dental care in a comforting environment.

We have sedation dentistry options to help you relax, comfy blankets and pillows for your relaxation in the dental chair, wireless headphones to allow you to enjoy music or TV during your treatment and more. We strive to provide a “dental spa” experience that promotes relaxation and confidence at every visit.

Let Downriver Smiles help you overcome your very real fear of the dentist. Schedule an exam and cleaning at our Spokane dental clinic today, and be sure to tell a team member that you suffer from dental phobia. We will be prepared to help you relax and receive the best dental care in Spokane.


Downriver Smiles
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Pat ShelleyPat Shelley
02:13 02 Dec 23
Thoroughly professional.
Cheryl LaneCheryl Lane
02:15 01 Dec 23
William BurgermyerWilliam Burgermyer
02:15 30 Nov 23
Very professional and caring people
Ted AkedTed Aked
02:59 29 Nov 23
Nice pleasant office, no pressure, friendly gentle cleaning! Thanks!
Michael DealMichael Deal
02:43 29 Nov 23
I really appreciated the detail explanation of the services. Truly welcoming.
Rachael PetersonRachael Peterson
01:53 19 Oct 23
Dr. Gaunt is the best! This is the first dentist that I have had a good experience with. I had a root canal done and was so nervous, they made me comfortable and had it done within an hour. I would definitely recommend Downriver smiles!
Vyrdi OVyrdi O
04:26 10 Oct 23
I had the worst dental anxiety before going to Dr. Gaunt years ago- to the point I let my teeth go until they were breaking, in need of numerous fillings, root canals, and extractions. Dr. Gaunt was by far the best dentist I have ever had; he explained everything in as much detail as I required, made me comfortable with any procedure and has won my and my family's business throughout the years with his excellent care and demeanor. Dr. Gaunt and all his wonderful staff are a joy to work with and I can guarantee our continued visits in the years to come for any work my family requires. Thank you Downriver Smiles staff!
Cinda SchusterCinda Schuster
16:04 28 Sep 23
Dr Gaunt is a great dentist. I have been seeing him for years he always does a great job. I always feel confident in his care.The staff at Downriver Smiles Dentistry is always helpful & kind.
Lori AspenleiterLori Aspenleiter
04:40 12 Sep 23
Dr Guant is a great Dentist! He is very friendly, professional, thorough, compassionate and never ever rushes. He answers any of your questions or concerns! He spends extra time and does outstanding work! The office staff is very friendly and accommodating! Highly recommend Downriver Smiles!
Patty McGinnisPatty McGinnis
01:17 07 Sep 23
The employees at Shadle Smiles are so friendly and make sure you understand your procedures and cost before work is done. Dr Harding was my dentist and listened to my concerns about work to be done. He only does what work really needs to be done and what can wait. Love this place!
  • The employees at Shadle Smiles [Downriver] are so friendly and make sure you understand your procedures and cost before work is done. Dr Harding was my dentist and listened to my concerns about work to be done. He only does what work really needs to be done and what can wait. Love this place!

    Patty M.
  • Best dentist in Spokane! Don’t look any further! I chipped my front tooth and they got me in the next day! Left with a beautiful smile and my wallet still intact! I wasn’t an existing patient, but I am now! Awesome environment and extremely friendly staff! 10/10 hands down would recommend!

    Cortney G.
  • Downriver Smiles is amazing! They provide the kind of experience that we all hope for when going to the dentist. Everyone there is caring and takes all the time needed to make sure you are comfortable and that your questions are answered. Dr. Harding is wonderful! I would never want to go anywhere else.

    Chris B.
  • Dr. Harding is gentle and thorough in his care. He always explains what he is doing and why. Great office staff, too.

    Sheri D.


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