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Welcome to Crested Butte Family Dental

We are excited to introduce new dental technology to the Gunnison Valley, and offer the most up-to-date and highest quality dental care possible. We practice with a conservative and prevention driven approach with an emphasis on patient education. We absolutely love dentistry and connecting with patients to make them comfortable and well-informed about their care. We can't wait to meet you!

HEALTHY START ORTHODONTICS

Prevent rather than Correct

The Healthy Start System™ is a revolutionary departure from traditional orthodontics that treats children early, is non-invasive, and is a natural way of straightening teeth. It works as well as or better than braces, plastic aligners, surgery, or any other options to achieve a picture-perfect, beautiful smile. Drs. Dave and Chelsea Stangl are the only doctors in this area trained to offer this innovative new system!

Healthy Start Results from Real Patients

Open-Bite

Open-bite corrected with Healthy Start System

Overbite and Overjet

Overbite and overjet corrected with Healthy Start System for Preteens five years post-treatment.

Benefits of the Healthy Start System

Drs. Dave and Chelsea and their staff work hard to bring their patients the most cutting- edge dental technology with the most benefits. When you choose the Healthy Start System, you experience the following benefits:

  • Achieve a perfect smile WITHOUT braces, or surgery
  • Prevent crooked teeth versus correcting crooked teeth
  • Achieve permanent results
  • Experience no discomfort
  • Treats naturally working with your facial growth and development

Beautiful Smiles Are Just The Beginning

Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) is an all-inclusive term for breathing difficulties, ranging from mild snoring all the to severe airway obstruction during sleep. When your child’s breathing is disrupted, his or her body recognizes the disruption much like choking, therefore, slowing the heart rate, raising the blood pressure, arousing the brain, ultimately disrupting sleep. Traditionally, there have been very few answers to treating this issue, but now using Healthy Start we can treat these issues.

Causes of Sleep-Disordered Breathing

Crooked teeth, crowded teeth, or mouth breathing can cause underdevelopment of the mouth and jaw when your child’s nasal and upper airway is constricted.  The Healthy Start system works to guide your child’s teeth into their proper position, expanding and fully developing his or her mouth and jaw.

How Can I Tell If My Child Has Sleep-Disordered Breathing?

Does it ever sounds like a freight train is running through your child’s room at night or as they lay asleep in back seat on the way home from a trip? Loud snoring is one very apparent indication that your child may have Sleep-Disordered Breathing. Gasping and snorting sounds while your child sleeps may catch you off guard or even make you momentarily worry. These sounds stem from your child moving from a deeper sleep to a lighter (towards waking up) struggling to breathe.

Common Sleep Disorder Breathing Symptoms Include:

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Bedwetting
  • Chronic Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Snoring
  • Swollen Adenoids/Tonsils
  • Frequent Headaches
  • Teeth Grinding
  • Frequently Waking up
  • Excessively Sweating While Asleep
  • Restless Sleep
  • Nightmares
  • Irritability/ Aggressive Behavior
  • Difficulty in School Subjects of Math, Science, and Spelling
  • Arrested Growth
  • Daytime Drowsiness
  • Dark Circles under the eyes

How Does The Healthy Start System Work?

Healthy Start System works with the natural forces of tooth eruption. The soft, comfortable, removable devices gently guide the erupting teeth into their perfect positions. In addition, Healthy Start aids in the correct growth and alignment of the lower jaw, expanding the arches to ensure incoming permanent teeth have enough room to erupt in straight, and develop proper oral habits.

Depending On The Age Of Your Child The System Uses a Series Of Appliances:

  • Habit-Corrector: The habit-corrector eliminates or improves current oral habits that can damage your child’s dental health. He or she wears the habit-corrector at night while sleeping. With a design similar to that of a pacifier, your child will become used to wearing a device in his or her mouth every night. This step lasts about 1-5 months.
  • Second Phase: Your child will get an appliance customized and sized for your child to wear every night. It aids the incoming teeth into their proper places, corrects jaw relations, and expands your child’s arches for the incoming adult teeth. Your child will wear this device for 2-6 months.
  • Final Phase: The final treatment begins with a device that accommodates incoming adult teeth. It begins when your child has at least 4 permanent teeth. This phase is extremely important because his or her adult teeth are forming and the gum tissue fibers are starting to attach the teeth in the mouth. Healthy Start works perfectly to ensure the teeth erupt into proper alignment.

Consider The Healthy Start System

If you think healthy start could help your child give us a call and set up an appointment to learn more.  

Additionally you can take our Sleep and Speech Questionnaire.

OPTISLEEP

 

Costume Design from Digital technology: By using digital 3D software, Dr. Stangl can visualize any problems with your airway and how OPTISLEEP may help.

Natural Feel: The thin design of OPTISLEEP makes for a comfortable feel. The 2-piece appliance enables you to open your mouth naturally.

Effective: 90% of patients reported improvements regarding a reduction of snoring and apneas when wearing an oral appliance.¹

Durable: The durable material and connector design make OPTISLEEP especially stable.

Non-limiting movement: OPTISLEEP allows patients open and close their mouth naturally.

AT HOME SLEEP TEST

 

Ever feel tired during the day, experience restless sleep, snoring, apnea, grinding, or waking up frequently in the middle of the night to use the bathroom? Come in and request to take the Medibyte sleep test home for the night. The Medibyte is designed to maximize patient comfort and simplify the entire at home sleep testing process. We will be able to review your results and learn how you are sleeping within a few days.

What Our Patients Say

“The sleep test was a very pleasant experience which I was able to do from home. The instructions were very strait forward and it was surprisingly comfortable to sleep in. I am glad I took the test and with my results I now have a better understanding of what is happening to my body.” -Paul K.

IMPLANTS

Dental Implants: Replacing hopeless or missing teeth with implants has come a long way and is now a very predictable procedure.  Utilizing our technology we can verify exactly where we want an implant to go and ensure the bone is healthy to support a dental implant.  Then we can fabricate a very accurate guide to guarantee the implant is placed exactly where we planned it.  By utilizing this technology we minimize the size of the surgical area and greatly reduce the time of surgery and post operative discomfort.  In most cases the appointment is an hour or less and the patient is able to continue their daily routines.  If you think you would benefit from a dental implant we are happy to review the process in detail so you can see for yourself.  

TMJ THERAPY

The term TMJ gets thrown around a lot but what does it actually mean? TMJ refers to the Temporomandibular Joint, however, most people use the term to refer to the symptoms related to TMD or Temporomandibular Dysfunction. Common symptoms are tension and migraine headaches, neck and shoulder tension, and tooth sensitivity. Whatever you call it, it’s not any fun and most people who experience it would like to find a solution.

If you think you suffer from TMD, please fill out the symptoms sheet below.

In our office we offer a procedure call Disclusion Time Reduction, which is an appliance-free approach to treating TMJ. The primary goal of DTR is to relieve pain and prevent future problems with your teeth.

MYOFUNTIONAL THERAPY

Living in the town of Crested Butte is awesome because despite our small size we have access to some really progressive treatments. Myofuntional Therapy is one of them! Here is a quick description of what OMT is and why you should ask us about it.

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) is the neuromuscular re-education or re-patterning of the oral and facial muscles. OMT includes facial and tongue exercises and behavior modification techniques. We teach patients how to chew, swallow, seal lips, and breathe correctly. We work on habits, such as thumb sucking, which leads to poor muscle patterns that can affect total body health. When patients have good rest posture, there is stability in the orofacial complex and both form and function are able to develop properly.

We use Myofunctional therapy to treat symptoms of a wide variety of health issues including opening airways, chronic headaches, temporomandibular joint dysfuntion (TMD), and poor digestion to name a few. It may also be the most profound therapy available for the treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea. Sleep apnea has recently gained more recognition because doctors are realizing how many more people it affects than originally thought and can be deadly. Every population and body type is affected by sleep apnea…even young children!

There are several signs and symptom of patterning problems with the orofacial muscles. Some of these include but are not limited to the following:

  • Chronic headaches
  • Open mouth rest posture and/or mouth breathing
  • Movement of teeth or relapse after orthodontic treatment
  • Open bite (meaning your front teeth don’t overlap top over bottom)
  • TMJ pain and/or neck pain
  • Oral habits such as thumb or finger sucking, nail biting, lip licking, or hair chewing
  • “Lisp” when saying “S” sounds
  • Grinding and/or clenching teeth
  • Chronic stomach aches, burping, bloating, drooling, or hiccups
  • Have a “tongue-tie”
  • Sleep walking, talking in your sleep or night terrors
  • Snoring

HOW DOES OUR OFFICE TREAT MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY DIFFERENT?
At Crested Butte Family Dental, we have a one of the only CTs on the market that has a specific program for diagnosing airway restrictions. We are able to take before and after images to see the exact progress made through therapy.

Mandy is passionate about providing her patients with comprehensive care. She spends time diagnosing and then detailing a customized treatment plan for each patient with individual exercises and monitors your improvement closely. Going through “Myo” therapy is life-changing for patients who now sleep and breath and function at a higher level.

Myofunctional Therapy Brochure

NEW AND EXPECTANT MOMS

Importance of Visits/X-rays

Every mom-to-be wants to do what’s best for their baby, and there is a lot of mixed information out there. Even our OB had outdated information regarding dental work and oral health during pregnancy! We want all of our patients to know that we hold their health as well as their baby’s as our number one priority. We would never recommend anything that could jeopardize the health or development of your baby! We love babies!

That being said, we want you to know how important it is to maintain your regular check-ups, hygiene appointments, and x-rays…yes, even x-rays. Guess what? There is no radiation exposure to the fetus! Digital x-rays have changed everything, and there is very little radiation exposure in general and certainly none to the developing baby. Even so, we are cautious with our exposure to minimize the already minimal radiation.

Why are x-rays so important? We appreciate that patients have faith in our ability to see everything going on in their mouth, but the reality is that there is a lot we cannot see without x-rays. Most cavities can’t be seen clinically until they are quite large. X-rays allow us to focus on preventative care or early treatments rather than waiting until there is a much bigger issue.

It’s completely safe to have dental work done while pregnant and the best time to do it is in the second trimester, mostly for the comfort of the mama. Babies are actually born without the bacteria that cause tooth decay or gum disease, and they are first exposed to it by their primary caregivers. That means if you have untreated cavities in your mouth your chances of passing that along and making your child more susceptible to tooth decay is high. Plus, it’s so much easier to get a cavity filled before you have an infant in tow.

Pregnancy Gingivitis

This is fairly common. It typically starts in the second trimester, and you may notice it when your gums are more tender than normal or they bleed when you floss or brush. Sometimes it can be fairly severe and an extra hygiene appointment is recommended. If you are prone to gum disease, then an extra cleaning during pregnancy is highly recommended as gum disease is clearly linked to preterm births and low-birthweight babies.

Infant Frenectomy

What the heck is this? A lot of babies are born with a lip or tongue tie. Unfortunately this has been going largely undiagnosed. Thankfully, many more providers are becoming aware of the problems associated with these “ties” and lactation consultants to pediatricians are now more frequently recommending that these be treated asap!

How do you know if your baby has a lip or tongue tie? Check out the pictures. If you pull your baby’s upper lip up and notice the muscle attachment is basically on the ridge where their teeth will come in then it is tied. Same thing when you pull the lower lip down. Sometimes the muscle attachment will be pretty thick as well.

If your baby can’t stick his/her tongue out past their lower lip, or if it gets a heart shape to it when they stick it out, then it is probably tied. Lactation consultants are well trained at identifying a tongue tie but a lot of them miss the lips!

The problems that are associated with a tongue or lip tie start early with latching while breastfeeding. Infants aren’t able to create the proper seal with these muscle attachments in the way, which can lead to problems with feeding, extremely painful nursing for the mother, too much air being swallowed while eating, and others. Later in life it can lead to pediatric sleep apnea, which is linked with ADHD. If you aren’t sure and want us to take a look give us a call!

Please see our page on Laser Dentistry to see how we treat lip and tongue ties.

Child’s first visit

We make this as stress free and fun as possible! The best time to bring in your child is around age 2 unless you have concerns before that. We like to show the kiddos everything and let them touch or try things before we do attempt cleaning their teeth. We do not pressure them to do anything they aren’t ready for and we feel that getting acquainted with the office is super important. We will make sure we get a look at everything and coach you on some home care tips. Fluoride varnish is recommended for all kids every six months and we are happy to talk to parents about it.

Recommended products for kids

Fluoridated toothpaste is recommended for all kids. For any child not able to spit after brushing only a rice-sized amount should be used. We don’t have a specific toothpaste that we love for kids but we do recommend starting them on fluoride early on.

Books are a great way to get kids interested in their teeth. There are a ton of good ones out there. The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss is a personal favorite! Please, please, please do not show your child a Youtube video of the dentist. This is hard for them to process and totally freaks them out. Keeping the information minimal but positive is the best way to preface your child’s first visit to the dentist!

Sonicare has done a great job of making toothbrushing fun for toddlers and older kids. The toothbrushes are gentle and more effective than manual brushing. There is even an app that comes with the toothbrush! You can start kids with an electric toothbrush around age two as long as use is supervised.

Meet the Team (grab&drag left)

Dr. Chelsea Stangl

Dr. Chelsea Stangl

I decided I was going to be a dentist when I was 7 years old. I’m not sure exactly why, but I started orthodontics in first grade and my orthodontist was awesome. Also, my aunt was the office manager at my general dentist’s office so I loved going in there because I always got an extra toy out of the treasure chest!

As I got a little older, I realized it wasn’t all rainbow rubber bands and treasure chests that made the dentists in my life so great; it was that they were passionate about helping people. After attending the University of Southern California for college I went east to Boston University School of Dental Medicine where I graduated Cum Laude (and met Dave). Once I was in dental school it became clear being a general dentist was what I was meant to do. Connecting with patients is the best part of my job. I’m fortunate that helping a phobic patient work through their fears or giving someone the smile they have dreamed of or simply getting someone out of pain is my job! That does not get old.  

Continuing education is extremely important to all of us at Crested Butte Family Dental. We spends hundreds of hours each year individually or as a team learning as much as we can to best serve our patients. Dental school does a decent job of giving you the basics, but continuing education is where you learn the treatments and technology that you can become passionate about. We have the leading technology and have spent numerous hours learning how best to use it to our patients' advantage. I have suffered from TMJ-related pain, sensitivity and headaches for years. That is the reason I am dedicated to learning as much about relieving patients' TMJ pain in the most simple and effective way, and why I have pursued certification in Disclusion Time Reduction (DTR).

Dave and I are fortunate to be joining this amazing community and we are looking forward to getting to know you and your families.

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Dr. Chelsea Stangl

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Dr. Dave Stangl

Dr. Dave Stangl

Constantly learning and growing are a huge part of my values and I’m fortunate that dentistry is an ever-evolving profession. I was fortunate to have a progressive mentor through dental school and was able to begin my career at his practice in Boulder. That is where I was first introduced to Cerec (same-day crown) technology as well as laser dentistry. I immediately learned as much as I could about Cerec and was asked to join the CerecDoctors.com Mentor group in 2012 and Visiting Faculty in 2016. In 2016, I also became a Cerec Trainer for Patterson Dental and traveled around the Western Slope training new Cerec owners on their technology.

My primary goal has always been to improve the patient experience and for me that means listening to patient concerns, educating them on prevention and treatment, and creating an efficient and comfortable appointment. With the Cerec, 3D Xrays, and Laser technology, I am able to make your appointment personalized, comfortable and easy.

I am excited to be putting down roots in the Gunnison Valley community. My first visit to Crested Butte was when I was 15 years old and visiting a friend at Western State College. I immediately felt how special this place is and almost cannot believe that the dream of living here has become a reality. I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and attended University of Wisconsin Madison for undergrad. Afterward, I went to Boston University where I graduated Cum Laude from dental school (and met Chelsea). It feels like it’s been a long road to get to this point; however, at the same time it feels like everything is just beginning. Chelsea and I are so fortunate to raise our children here and serve such a wonderful community of people.

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Dr. Dave Stangl

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Mandy

Mandy

I have had the pleasure of living in beautiful Crested Butte, Colorado for the past 20 years. Like many others who live here, when I’m not working you will find me enjoying all of the outdoors activities our valley has to offer. I love spending time with my husband Rusty, our new baby girl Emery Rose, and our dog Tilley out on the trails, rivers, lakes, and of course, traveling.

My true passion in both my personal and professional life is helping others. My career of being a Dental Hygienist allows me to fulfill this passion in many ways. I’m dedicated, caring and devoted to helping my patients feel at ease while providing the highest quality dental care possible.

I’m always eager to learn the latest and greatest and new advancements in the dental world. I love learning and am excited to work in an office where we provide conservative and comprehensive dental care using the best technology dentistry offers. Being a complete health provider is important to me, which is why I became an Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist. Myofunctional Therapy promotes neuromuscular reeducation of the oral and facial muscles. i’m  trained to work with muscles of the face, jaw, lips and tongue to establish proper rest posture and patterns, eliminating negative oral habits which impact growth and development of facial structures. I also assess and treat improper lip, tongue and jaw postures, which, if left untreated can lead to a number of dysfunctional disorders and parafunctional habits.  

I’m extremely honored to be working with Drs. Dave and Chelsea Stangl and I’m excited to be able to continue evolving my skills as they will be introducing many new and exciting procedures and technologies to Crested Butte Family Dental.

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Mandy

Hygienist & Myofunctional Therapist
Sunni

Sunni

I am a registered hygienist excited to work for the CB Family Dental team.  I moved here in 2014 with my husband, Scott and my four beautiful children.  We are enjoying all the valley has to offer.  The amazing views, snow, flowers and top hiking trails are a few of my favorite things.  I find my career very rewarding and my passion is to give you the best dental experience possible.  In my spare time I enjoy expanding my dental knowledge by taking dental CE courses and reading about new techniques in the dental field.  You can also find me volunteering throughout the community because I believe it’s important to give back.  I look forward to seeing you at CB Family Dental!

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Hygienist
Katie

Katie

I love being a part of the CB Family Dental team. I’ve been at the office since 2012 as Dr. Michael Faktor’s lead assistant and have continued in that position with Doctors Dave and Chelsea. My favorite part of being on this team is everyone’s commitment to providing the highest quality care both functionally and aesthetically. I’m passionate about my patients' comfort and strive to educate them on their treatment and the procedures so they are as relaxed as possible during their care.

Originally I’m from Anchorage, Alaska, where I spent my childhood on the ice. I played Division I women's hockey at St. Cloud State University and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Human Biology. I help coach the Gunnison Blades U19 girls' team and love it! I’m excited that I get to pass on my love of hockey to my 4-year-old son, Beau, who will be starting the sport this winter.  My husband, Scott, and I love this town and feel very fortunate to be raising Beau in such a glorious place.

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Assistant & Healthy Start Coordinator

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EDDA
Amy

Amy

Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I always dreamed of living in Colorado. After graduating from Michigan State, I moved out to Crested Butte to live with my aunt for the summer and never left! I met my husband working at a ski shop and we’ve made Crested Butte our home. I enjoy shredding pow all winter and seeing how lost I can get in the woods riding my bike the rest of the year. I have two standard poodles and a cat with fangs, but it’s only appropriate that my cat has fangs since I’m a Halloween baby and love all-things spooky. I joined Crested Butte Dental Family in August and am excited to be a part of this amazing team.

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Amy

Financial Coordinator
Leslie

Leslie

Born and raised just outside Denver, I didn’t have to go far to find my forever home. I moved to Gunnison in 2009 to attend Western State Colorado University and fell in LOVE with what the valley has to offer. Graduated in May of 2013, one summer turned into another, which turned into me planting some roots. Like a lot WSCU grads, I just couldn’t leave.  I spend most of my time outside work with my dog Tilly. We love hiking, biking, paddle boarding, snowboarding and the occasional snuggling on the couch! Tilly growing up in the Gunnison Valley has made her a spoiled pup.

I am thrilled to be one of the newest members of Crested Butte Family Dental. Everyone has been so welcoming and friendly. Dr. Dave and Dr. Chelsea are amazing new additions to our community and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them in Crested Butte! I’m so excited to learn more in my new position at the practice. I love working with people and helping out in any way possible. I feel like I’m a good fit for the team and all our patients!

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Scheduling Coordinator

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What Our Clients Say About Us

“I have never had a better dental experience. I’ve had so many bad experiences and always come to the dentist with some trepidation. But this was a whole new level of awesome. Everyone is sincere, friendly and cares about the patients. There is a sense of teamwork that makes you feel like you’re in a very efficient, well-run machine. I saw Dr. Chelsea for some fairly complex procedures and she put me at ease right away and throughout the entire process. She is very detail oriented, thorough and takes the time to explain what she’s doing so I can relax. I also had no pain at all, and almost zero discomfort. It was easy to relax and let her do her work. She followed up with a personal email after our visit, and I felt so well cared for that I have completely lost my fear of going to the dentist.”

Bree

“I broke my tooth and knew that I would need a crown. I did not have a primary dentist at the time so I called one in Gunnison and one in Montrose. The office in Gunnison could not see me for a week and I did not hear from Montrose until 4 days later. In that time I called CB Family Dental. The first question they asked was, “are you in pain?” They scheduled me that day for a check up and set me up to get the crown the next day. It took two hours, comfortable procedure, and a great fitting crown. My only regret is that I found this group just weeks before I am moving out of the valley. I highly recommend CB Family Dental!”

Eric R

“As I get older, I really appreciate great service providers. Dr. Dave is progressive, has deep knowledge about dentistry, is a skilled practitioner, thoughtful, down to earth, and has a lot of common sense. I’d give him and his team an A+ with children. He’s incredibly kind, approachable, straightforward, and kids like him immediately. He really takes the time to listen and explain things to children. My kids are now 8, 10, and 13. For adults, Dr. Dave and his team are outstanding. He did some fillings for our family in a timely, easy way at a very reasonable cost. I highly recommend Dr. Dave and his staff to anyone.”

Susan S

“My family and I love Dr Chelsea! She is highly trained, very professional, and always up on the latest technologies and trainings. My daughter loves seeing Dr Chelsea and actually cries when she has to leave her side. The staff is great too, very helpful and friendly. Overall, we highly recommend Dr Chelsea!”

Casey C