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Selle Family Dental settles into new home

Sitting in the dentist's chair can be a nerve-wracking experience for many patients. But even the most nervous patient feels welcome in the warm atmosphere created at the new Selle Family Dental office in north Dickinson.

Sitting in the dentist's chair can be a nerve-wracking experience for many patients. But even the most nervous patient feels welcome in the warm atmosphere created at the new Selle Family Dental office in north Dickinson.

It was two years ago when the business considered expansion.

"We started thinking about if we could expand our current location and get some of the equipment in that we needed," office manager and co-owner Shannon Selle said. "But needing more space was the big issue."

Construction started in February 2007 and the business moved in at the end of July.

"We were operational here in August," Selle said.

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The site they selected at 1560 Western Drive - northeast of Applebee's behind AmericInn - had good visibility but was still quiet, she added.

The new facility provides the business with more space, growing from four to six rooms. The extra room allowed Selle Family Dental to add another hygienist to the staff.

"We were outgrowing our previous location and we needed additional space," Selle said. "It seemed like a good time to build a new office that could incorporate all the technology and equipment that we needed to better serve our patients."

One key piece of new technology is a digital panoramic X-ray machine.

"The digital X-rays allow the patient to receive up to 80 percent less radiation than the traditional X-ray machine," Selle said. "And it's much faster. With the patient in the chair, we can take the X-ray and instantly have an image on the screen. We wanted to make sure that we have that piece of equipment in our new building."

Another priority with the new facility was improving patient education.

"We are in the process of getting computer screens set up in the rooms," Selle said. "The idea is that there's educational software that the patients can look at while sitting in the dental chair. It helps explain procedures that may be recommended to the patient."

Everyone from the customers to the employees enjoy the new building.

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"The employees love the added space," Selle said. "It allows them to have everything they need right at their fingertips without having to go look into their cupboards and figure out where it might have been stored."

And the customers enjoy a welcoming environment.

"When we were in the planning stages of the new office, one of the things we wanted to do was make the facility very welcoming and very relaxing for the patients when they come in," Selle said.

The reception area features a fireplace as well as a separate children's play area stocked with toys and books. Another feature was a separate check-out area.

"How people check out is a lot more private than in our previous office," Hanneman added. "Overall, the customers seem to think the building is very nice and they really seem to like the atmosphere."

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