At The Kids’ Dentist in Gig Harbor, patients and their parents will be treated to a warm, friendly, fun environment. Catering to children and teens, owner Dr. Brian Dansie and his staff provide cleanings, exams and any restorative treatment. They are trained in the treatment of children with special needs and strive to provide communication and education to make oral health both enjoyable and practical. The dentistry has sedation options available and works closely with local orthodontists to best treat orthodontic needs at the right time.
Dr. Brian and his staff strive, each and every day, to make dental appointments something both children—and their parents—look forward to. As you walk into the office, you are sure to hear some giggles between Dr. Brian and his young patients as they exchange jokes and stories between one another.
“I have pictured this office in my mind for years before it became a reality,” says Dr. Brian. “Every detail from the moment you walk in is to help alleviate fears and gain a relationship of trust with parents and their children. I look for staff that displays empathy and compassion and loves what they do. That is very important to me.”
From the time he was young, Dr. Brian knew that he wanted to one day work in the medical field. After his brother had him shadow his brother-in-law, Dr. Brian knew this was the field for him. “It combined my love of working with my hands and working with the public,” he says. “I loved the artistic side of dentistry as well as feeling a part of the community where I live.”
While in dental school, his very first patient was an 8-year-old boy, who Dr. Brian recalls being nervous and honest—as was he! His patient overcame his nervousness, and he was so proud of himself that he gave Dr. Brian a big hug at the end of his appointment. “After that, I was hooked. Nothing else in dentistry was as rewarding to me as helping kids get through procedures and helping them overcome their anxiety,” Dr. Brian smiles.
When it comes to the work he does, Dr. Brian says the most rewarding aspect is creating genuine friendships with the families he serves. “I am not here to make kids feel like they are on assembly line getting their teeth cleaned. I want them to look forward to seeing us like we look forward to seeing them. I like to hear how summer camp went or their basketball game. My goal is to create a dental home instead of a dental factory,” he says.
Dr. Brian and his family moved to Gig Harbor four years ago. “Growing up in Utah, trees were not as plentiful, and I wanted to be around water, trees and fresh air. Gig Harbor is hard to beat on all those fronts,” he says. “My kids love Gig Harbor. We love being out on the Sound and are very involved in sports, dance and art classes. Gig Harbor is a fantastic place to raise a family!”
You can find Dr. Brian coaching youth sports here in Gig Harbor. In addition to his work on the field, he and his staff are involved in providing dental supplies for families in need around the Puget Sound and sponsor oral health baskets for community homeless programs both locally and in Renton.
This September, Dr. Brian and his staff will celebrate the one-year anniversary of opening the doors of The Kids Dentist! There’s sure to be a party in store for kids and adults alike. “I owe a ton of gratitude to my wife and wonderful staff for a successful start to this amazing dental office.”
Call 253.329.KIDS (5437) to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian and his staff today. Your kids are sure to walk away smiling.
The Kids’ Dentist Gig Harbor
3316 56th Street NW
Gig Harbor, Washington, 98335