At ease for at trip to the dentist
With a passion for medicine and wanting a tangible way to practice, Lance Kovar, DDS, fell in love with dentistry.
“When I decided to go to dental school, instead of emergency medicine or orthopedic surgery, it was because I really liked to fix things,” he said. “My dad owned a welding shop and I just like the hands-on approach of dentistry and you get more of that immediate feedback.”
In 2003, Lance and his wife Heidi, came together and opened their own practice.
They see patients from age two to 102.
“At age two you really look at their development and just check for signs of dental diseases,” Lance said. “Even as you get older, a lot of those same things apply.”
Treating all patients
Going to the dentist on a regular basis can be hard, but one of Lance’s favorite things is treating patients who haven’t been to the dentist in a long period of time.
“I like being able to help people who haven’t been to a dentist in a long time,” he said. “We want to be able to get treatment for things that they may have put off for years.”
He compares it to that of an Olympic athlete.
“Some people are easy and go to the dentist every six months and never had a cavity,” he said. “That’s like being a physician to an Olympic athlete – that’s easy. But to take someone who is in a relative state of poor dental health and be able to get them healthier and see those changes, that’s rewarding.”
For others that go to the dentist regularly, the Kovars focus their treatments on smaller issues and prevent them from becoming something more major.
“Most of dentistry is patient compliance, whether that is watching what they eat, brushing twice a day, flossing or getting regular checkups,” Lance said. “It has to be consistent.
Breaking the stigma
Lance and Heidi both under stand that for some, going to the dentist can be a scary thing.
They work to provide a comfortable and gentle environment for their patients.
Oftentimes, a patient’s first visit is a simple meet and greet.
“Talking with them and getting to know them can put a lot of patients at ease before you even begin treatment,” Lance said. “We talk through their prior concerns and figure out why they are scared and just see what we can do to avoid that from happening again.”
Working with a spouse
Lance and Heidi work alongside each other, an opportunity many couples don’t have.
“Working with your spouse can be great because if I come after a challenging day, she understands exactly what I have been dealing with,” Lance said. “She probably has more empathy for a situation.”
Heidi services the office in a parttime role, also spending time working at St. Mary’s School and with the Community Foundation.
Lance Kovar, DDS, PLLC
• Owners: Lance and Heidi Kovar
• Established: September 2003
• Address: 104 East Ufer Street
• Phone: 830-997-7544
• Primary business: Dentist
• Employees: 10