A trip to the dentist isn’t one most people look forward to taking, similar to heading to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
However, Casey Goetz is trying to change the way people look at dentistry, starting at the earliest of ages.
Known as “Dr. Casey,” Goetz is the owner of Cuivre Creek Pediatric Dentistry in Troy, one of the newest practices in the area - and Goetz said he wants to take the fear and trepidation out of going to the dentist.
“Going to the dentist is simple,” he said. “Dentistry hasn’t been as nice to kids growing up, but if you’re nice to them growing up, they’re more adaptable to it when they get older.”
Goetz said he and his staff make Cuivre Creek Pediatric Dentistry a place children want to go to, with a farm theme reminiscent of his grandparent’s family farm. Patients can even watch cartoons while getting their teeth cleaned.
“We make it inviting,” he said. “Kids get balloons and prizes.
“They love it here.”
Cuivre Creek Pediatric Dentistry is the only practice of its kind not just in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area, but within a 150-mile radius. This means Goetz is not just seeing children from Lincoln County, but children from Warren County, St. Louis County, St. Charles County and even St. Louis City.
During the week, “Dr. Casey” sees children for normal cleanings and fillings. On Fridays, he handles dental surgeries using “sedation dentistry,” where patients are treated while unconscious.
“Your normal dentist sees 20 to 30 new patients per month,” he said. “We’re seeing 120 new kids per month, which is bananas.”
Goetz also utilizes social media to educate parents on how to keep their children’s teeth healthy in between visits. Goetz is happy he is able to bring something to Troy it’s been wanting for a long time.
“The people of Troy have been wanting a pediatric dental practice for a long time, and we’re proud to be able to provide this service for them.”
It was a chance encounter with a customer while working a summer job at a machine shop in college that put Goetz on the road to becoming a pediatric dentist. The customer was a pediatric dentist who invited the Bowling Green native to shadow him at his practice.
Once he saw, Goetz saw his life’s journey.
Goetz earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, as well as his Certificate of Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.
He spent two years at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the Children’s Hospital of Iowa treating pediatric patients in both a clinical setting, and under general anesthesia.
“When COVID-19 hit, I decided to move back to the area,” Goetz said. “I got the funding in the summer in opened the practice in October (of 2020).”
Goetz said the realities of the novel coronavirus, but he’s ecstatic with the growth of his practice in such a short period.
“It’s a strange time working with COVID-19 around, but we make it work here,” he said. “I love what I do.”