About Us

Here’s why you can trust your smile to the Dental Arts team

Dr Seyfried
Staff at Seyfried Dental Arts

The Team

Back row – Mari, Robin, Michele, Jessica, Dr. Seyfried and JoHannah, and front row – Yana, Barley and Melisa work together to make your visit as comfortable as possible.

Mari, Chairside

Our lead dental assistant uses 20-plus years experience to calm nervous patients. She volunteers her skills across the country in her free time (even with six kids, ages 17 to 24).

Robin, Front Office

Meeting new people has been the highlight of her day since Robin joined the team in 2013. An empty-nester (two grown sons), she also loves to travel with her husband and two dogs.

Michele, Hygiene

A dental assistant first, she later furthered her education to become a hygienist. She enjoys the outdoors with her three kids, husband and their dogs, along with improving smiles.

Jessica, Back Office

Office manager and treatment coordinator, she is the most senior (2008), team member. At home, little Abriella and three dogs keep her and her husband busy.

JoHannah, Hygiene

Joining the team in 2019, JoHannah encourages patients to improve their health by starting with oral hygiene. She brought a love for the outdoors with her from Idaho. plus 20 years in the dental field.

Yana, Patient Protection

Our sterilization technician keeps the office clean and sterile while learning more about dentistry. She loves traveling, meeting new people and trying new things with her fiancé.

Barley, Office Mascot

This friendly, 11-year-old Goldendoodle loves our patients and helps them relax. She has been Dr. Seyfried’s loyal companion since she was a puppy.

Melisa, Chairside

She became a dental assistant in the U.S. in 2015 after getting her General Dentistry degree in Zacatecas, Mexico. She spends her time off with her daughter and riding horses.

The Doctor

Dr. Seyfried continues to provide advanced, anxiety-free dental care since relocating his practice to Minden, Nevada in 2006. He and his team use the latest in techniques for both general and cosmetic dentistry.

Proud to have been voted “Best Dentist in Carson Valley,” Dr. Seyfried also takes pride in the porcelain crowns he creates. Patients spend less time with temporaries.

Dr. Seyfried graduated from the USC School of Dentistry (1984). For 22 years, he practiced in California, continuing his education, including at the Las Vegas Institute for Cosmetic Dentistry.

Active in …

  • Northern Nevada Dental Society
  • Nevada, California and American Dental Associations
  • American Academy of Sleep Dentistry
  • Northern Nevada Dental Society
  • Clinical Research Associates
  • Dental Board of Ethics

Active out …

  • fly-fishing, skiing and backpacking

  • drummer for Mixed Company

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between a crown and a cap?

Both are used to repair a severely broken tooth by covering all or most of the tooth after removing old fillings, fractured tooth structure, and decay. The restoration material is made of gold, porcelain, composites, or even stainless steel. Dentists refer to all of these restorations as crowns. However, patients often refer to the tooth-colored ones as caps and the gold or stainless steel ones as crowns. In medical terms, they are two names for the same procedure.

Do I need to have a root canal if I have to have a crown?

No. While most teeth that have had root canal treatments do need crowns to strengthen the teeth and to return the teeth to normal form and function, not every tooth needing a crown also needs to have a root canal.

What’s the difference between a bridge and a partial denture?

Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A bridge is permanently attached to abutment teeth or, in some cases, implants. A partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and is easily removed by the patient.

Patients are usually more satisfied with bridges than with partial dentures.

Is one toothpaste better than others?

Generally, no. However, it’s advisable to use a toothpaste containing fluoride to decrease the incidence of dental decay. We recommend our patients use whatever toothpaste tastes good to them, as long as it contains fluoride

What about silver fillings versus white fillings?

Although the U.S. Public Health Service issued a report in 1993 stating there is no health reason to avoid amalgam (silver fillings), more patients today are requesting white, or tooth-colored, composite fillings.

We also prefer tooth-colored fillings because they bond to the tooth structure better and so help strengthen a tooth weakened by decay. White fillings are also usually less sensitive to temperature and blend in better.

However, white fillings cannot be used in every situation. If a tooth is badly broken, a crown will usually be necessary and provide better overall satisfaction for the patient than just a filling would.

Which type of toothbrush should I use?

The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums, and a small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums.

It’s unnecessary to “scrub” the teeth as long as you are brushing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings.

Is one toothpaste better than others?

Generally, no. However, it’s advisable to use a toothpaste containing fluoride to decrease the incidence of dental decay. We recommend our patients use whatever toothpaste tastes good to them, as long as it contains fluoride.

How often should I floss?

Flossing your teeth once per day helps prevent cavities from forming between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing also helps keep your gums healthy.

"Appointment started a bit early, finished on time and was as pleasant an experience as any visit to the dentist."

John C.

"Dr. Seyfried and his entire dental staff are highly skilled, gentle and comfortable to be around. I have never been to a better dentist"

Barbara B.

"Sometimes it is hard to relax when going to the dentist but Dr. Seyfried puts you at ease"

Samuel S.