Michael J. Doherty D.D.S., Michael R. Doherty D.D.S., Daniel T. Doherty D.D.S., & James W. Rhea D.D.S.,
Smile Transformation Specialists

Trusted and affordable dentistry
for the entire family.

At Brentwood Family Dentistry, we use the Waterlase MD Turbo Dental Laser for many of our procedures.  The Waterlase MD is a product that utilizes a water-energized laser beam to cut oral tissue such as teeth and gums, and even bone.  While dental drills have long been the method of choice for many dental procedures, a dental laser like Waterlase can achieve the same procedures with much less trauma to the mouth than traditional dental drills.  The Waterlase MD uses a combination of laser energy and water that works without touching your teeth, so that there is no vibration or pressure.  Many more procedures on teeth, gums and bone can be performed with less need for anesthesia, and less use of the drill, providing for a more relaxing and less stressful dental experience.


Convenience.  Your visits at our office will be faster, since there may be less or no anesthesia, and no injections.  This means we can perform procedures that once meant an additional appointment, or had to be referred to a specialist, which saves you time.

Faster Healing.  The Waterlase MD can perform many procedures on gum tissue with little or no bleeding and less swelling and pain.

Less Anesthesia.  The laser beam combined with water/air spray allows the system to cut, etch and shape target tissue with pinpoint precision while avoiding any direct contact.  Although the treatment may not be completely painless, anesthesia is no longer necessary.


Fillings.  Waterlase is used to remove tooth decay and fill the teeth usually without the need for needles, so our patients are able to eat, talk and chew right after fillings are performed.  The use of the Waterlase for cavity preparations can also increase bond strength of tooth colored restorations, resulting in longer lasting fillings.

Removal of Oral Growths.  Waterlase can be used to remove growths or excess tissue in a patient’s mouth, including excess gum tissue over an unerupted tooth or fibromas.

Prevent Gum Recession.  Muscle connections that can cause gums to recede can be taken care of with the Waterlase with little discomfort.

Treat Periodontal Disease.  Waterlase can be used to remove debris and bacteria between the patient’s teeth and gums that can cause bleeding, gum recession and even loss of teeth.  Waterlase has been shown to reduce bacteria and may even stimulate gum tissue growth.

Relieves Cold Sore Discomfort.  Waterlase may provide immediate relief from painful cold sores and fever blisters.

Increased Root Canal Success.  Waterlase may help disinfect root canals to remove more bacteria, resulting in a higher rate of long term success.


Dr. Rhea and Dr. Doherty have extensive experience using the Waterlase MD dental laser.  With our high-tech equipment and expertise, you may not need anesthesia with the use of Waterlase.  We treat you individually, according to your own unique situation. We will respect your time, work within your budget, and let you make the final decision.  Your comfort and safety are our primary concern. We will make your teeth healthy, natural looking and beautiful again!

High Tech Methods
to improve your smile

Years Serving
the Community

Years as a
Preferred Invisalign Provider


What People are Saying

“Highly Recommended”

"Highly Recommend. Extremely friendly staff all around which makes going to the dentist a little better. Doctor Doherty is a great dentist and goes out of his way to make you feel comfortable. Excellent work and excellent prices."

Brittany E

“Great Experience”

"Always a great experience with Dr. Rhea! He is very thoughtful and always takes great care of me and my four children. Dr. Doherty is wonderful too. I’ve just had more experience with Dr. Rhea."

Jessica L

“High Quality Care”

"My experience at this dental office is always pleasant. The office staff and doctors are very friendly. They are always on time and do a great job caring for my teeth."

Susan M C.

"Courteous & Friendly"

"Dr. Rhea and all of the staff are very courteous and friendly. I have been going to Dr. Rhea for a few years now and have always been treated well, very professional."

Jessi L




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Hours of Operation


Office Visits
Mon & Thurs: 8:00am – 5:00pm
*Lunch Hours: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Tue & Wed: 7:00am – 5:00pm
*Lunch Hours: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Fri: 7:00am – 1:00pm


Saturday & Sunday

Brentwood Family Dentistry

8824 Litzsinger Blvd.,
Brentwood MO, 63144

PHONE: 314-961-3221

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