Lives We’ve Touched



Baby John Garrick, treatment began when he was eight weeks old and his mother worried that he wouldn’t live long because he wasn’t breathing well. Every night she would hold his mouth in position so he could breath through the night while sleeping… though mom didn’t get much (any) sleep herself. Lynn is an amazing mother who went to great lengths seeking help for her son under very difficult circumstances. We are so happy to have shared a positive role in John’s successes.


karenknutsonKaren Knutson immediately experienced improved health,
though she had to fight with her doctors to get it…..

“I am very grateful Dr. Laughlin is my dentist. He had the experience, knowledge and expertise to recognize I had a tooth problem affecting my health.

Before I left to go south this past winter, Dr. Laughlin reviewed my dental x-ray and recommended I see an oral surgeon for teeth extraction due to an infection. The oral surgeon reviewed  my x-ray and checked my teeth and ‘finding nothing wrong’ refused to pull any teeth.

Five days into our trip south, I got very sick – six weeks and three doctors later I called Dr. Laughlin to ask him if the teeth he wanted extracted could be making me sick.

He recognized my teeth as a health problem, and gave me the names of oral surgeons in Las Vegas. After visiting two oral surgeons, who could not see any problem with my teeth, I took my health into my own hands and signed papers to extract a capped root canal tooth that Dr. Laughlin recommended be pulled.

The tooth was extremely infected with bone erosion and a fistula protruding into my sinus. The oral surgeon had to perform surgery, using part of my inner cheek bone to cover the large hole.

Dr. Laughlin was the only dentist, doctor, or oral surgeon during this whole ordeal who recognized I had an infected root canal tooth, making me sick. ”
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Deb had many health challenges, and on top of it all her ability to think, process information, and make decisions had been severely negatively affected. For example: on several occasions she was unable to process whether a stop sign / stop light meant stop or go (and ran a red light); when filling out personal information she would need to look at her drivers license to remember her address; and lastly it took her a long time to make any decision about her health and her future… That has all changed, watch and listen as she tells you all about it in her own words.


keyabrighiKeya Brighi has blossomed into a happy, outgoing woman ready
to meet any challenge. This is what she has to say about Dr. Laughlin, 
and the Whole Person Dental treatment she received.
“When I was referred to Health Centered Dentistry for a TMJ analysis my first reaction was… “I don’t have TMJ!  I don’t have headaches, my jaw doesn’t click!  Why should I go do that?”  I cannot tell you how happy I am that I not only went and was “analyzed”, but that I followed through with the suggested treatment.  At that time of my life I was quite depressed, and emotionally wrung-out.  Within several months of beginning treatment it felt like the thick cloud that had been smothering me was lifted.  I would never have thought that a Whole Person approach to dentistry would be the key for me to deal with some of the emotional issues I was facing.  My allergies have improved, my posture has improved, and I’ve really learned the importance of breathing correctly.Though I was once afraid of dentists I’ve always felt comfortable with Dr. Laughlin and his team.  I’ve always appreciated how he listens, and the respect with which he treats everyone.”
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Josh is a young boy who was having a lot of trouble, though his problems couldn’t get him down. He was very smart, kind, and a wonderful boy who got the help he needed and has experienced benefits no-one thought were even possibilities.


kimsmitt Kimberly is now able to walk and drive as a result of her
treatment at Health Centered Dentistry

“Health Centered Dentistry has truly changed my life. I came to Dr. Laughlin in Dec. of 2003 with a variety of bizarre symptoms ranging from “floatiness” / dizziness, visual disturbances, headaches, body tremors, breathing problems, and noises in the ears that left me disabled.

Since coming to HCD, I have developed a deep sense of trust, commitment, and faith in Dr. Laughlin and his understanding of the whole body related to dentistry. Certain appliances were placed in my mouth according to models taken and a lot of body work was done. Within six months, I was walking over one mile! What a miracle, I could not walk one block without any assistance before coming to HCD. The symptoms are much improved, and I was able to stand at my own wedding.

I have learned so much from Dr. Laughlin, that now I can recognize people facial and jaw structure that are in need of alignment. My 7 year-old nephew had headaches since he was 3. I took him to Dr. Laughlin, and he put appliances in his mouth, now he is headache free.

The people who say I just have to live with these migraines and other symptoms are simply uneducated about this alternative care in dentistry. I strongly recommend Dr. Laughlin’s expertise in this field and I can reassure you, he and his staff will take extra time to get to know you and all your needs.
I am looking forward to a whole new life thanks to Dr. Laughlin”kimsmittsig



Andrea has been with Health Centered Dentistry for many years and wanted to share some of the reasons she likes us so much! Thanks Andrea for you’re commitment to Whole Person / Holistic Dentistry


rolliethomRollie Thom had this to say about his experience…

“It’s unbelievable what one tooth can do to you without you realizing it.

When I got in the chair I felt tired –and run-down, like I wasn’t functioning as well as I should be able to. For about 5 – 6 months I had been getting progressively more and more tired, my daily exercising was getting more difficult. When I got out of the chair, after having the tooth removed, I felt great!”

“Even though a tooth doesn’t hurt, there may still be something wrong.”

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Emma was having considerable difficulties in life. She was unable to concentrate enough to read, could not control her emotions – frequent “fits”, was very picky about the food she would eat, was incredibly shy, as well as a variety of other issues. Her case demonstrates very clearly that minor changes in structure can have major positive results in behaviors, abilities, and quality of life. Here’s the story of how when Emma had the vertical dimension of her jaw improved (direct splints applied to lower back teeth) she experienced incredible improvements in her personality, ability to read (from zero to 300 pages a day), and many other areas!

This is the short version of her story (more in-depth stories below)

Emma was having considerable difficulties in life. She was unable to concentrate enough to read, could not control her emotions – frequent “fits”, was very picky about the food she would eat, was incredibly shy, as well as a variety of other issues. Her case demonstrates very clearly that minor changes in structure can have major positive results in behaviors, abilities, and quality of life. Here’s the story of how when Emma had the vertical dimension of her jaw improved (direct splints applied to lower back teeth) she experienced incredible improvements in her personality, ability to read (from zero to 300 pages a day), and many other areas!

This is the medium version of her story (more in-depth story yet to come)


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Lauren wrote this about her improvements once she began
orthopedic orthodontic therapy


michaelcurleyMichael Curley is once again able to work and function normally……
The history of my TMJ problems go back about 20 years. I have fought hard with both my insurance company and many doctors to try and resolve the pain I’ve felt. 10 years ago I was finally able to get arthoscopic surgery performed on my TMJ. After two years of physical therapy and two additional years recovery time, I was finally “okay.” At that point I experienced a mild level of discomfort all the time, and occasional instances of significant jaw pain. That was what I considered “okay” back then, today after being treated at Health Centered Dentistry I really know what “okay” means to me!

In January of this year I experienced a severe relapse into TMJ pain. I could not function at all, and the only thing I wanted to do was to sit in a dark, quiet room, alone. The pain in my jaw was severe, and the headaches felt like someone was hammering red-hot spikes into my ears. Soon after this began I started seeing a certified massage therapist who was able to bring me some relief. Later, a friend whose children were being treated by Dr. Laughlin referred me to Health Centered Dentistry and I soon had an appointment.

Within a few days of seeing Dr. Laughlin I was in much better shape and was able to function normally again. At my first appointment he fitted me with some appliances that eased the pain considerably. I began the treatment he suggested and inside of six weeks was 95% pain free. With the appliances he’s given me my headaches are gone, my jaw pain is nearly gone, I’m sleeping better and no longer snoring, I can open my jaw a “normal” distance, and I have hope that I’m on the right road toward a permanent solution

The difference between Dr. Laughlin’s approach and what mainstream medicine did was Dr. Laughlin began helping me immediately while the mainstream doctors fought over whether my TMJ problem was a medical or a dental issue, during which, nothing was happening. Mainstream medicine insisted upon taking a specific, narrow view of the problem. In contrast, Dr. Laughlin and his team took a health centered approach that has helped me immensely. I’m very happy to have come to Dr. Laughlin and Health Centered Dentistry, I know soon I’ll be much more than“okay,” I’ll be “great!”

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