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Jerome Smith | Doctor
Dr. J. Jerome Smith

Dr. J. Jerome Smith graduated cum laude from the University of Louisiana, then completed his studies at LSU’s School Dentistry. He has been practicing comprehensive, state-of-the art dentistry for more than 35 years. For the past three decades, he has focused on implant dentistry and comprehensive adult reconstructive care.

Among Dr. Smith’s many career highlights are receiving recognition as a Diplomate for the International Congress of Oral Implantology and serving as a Past Continuing Education Chairman for the Academy of General Dentistry. He also serves as Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at LSU School of Dentistry. He is involved with Latin World Ministries Dental/Medical Project and the Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic.

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Daniel Domingue | Doctor
Dr. Danny Domingue

Dr. Daniel Domingue was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, graduating from St. Thomas More. He attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge for his undergraduate degree, then completed his DDS degree at the LSU School Dentistry in New Orleans. Prior to joining his uncle’s practice, he practiced dentistry for several years in Lake Charles.

Dr. Domingue has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, including Diplomate from the American Board of Oral Implantology, the highest award possible for general dentists practicing implantology. He was the youngest dentist to ever receive this recognition.

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  • “ Dr. Smith and Domingue are absolutely amazing! They do amazing work and they are very accommodating. Dr. Domingue saw me on Labor day to do an emergency fix for me on his day off! They have the nicest staff. I recommend them 100%.”
    Alivia F.
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  • “ I have had the best experience with Dr. Domingue and his staff! He's kind, professional, and is extremely involved with every aspect of the patient care. His staff is one of the friendliest I have ever met. They don't only work in your mouth, they form real professional relationships. Dr. Domingue recently told me he was going to work with my time because, "you are way busier than I am". What a humble statement! I was so impressed when he recently shared that he was going on a mission trip to serve in Mexico. I think he is a gift to the lafayette community, and everyone needs to know.”
    Laura M.
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  • “ Most people don't enjoy going to the dentist but I actually do. Dr. Domingue is extremely caring and knowledgeable and the entire staff is so kind every time I have an appointment. Thank you for your excellent service! I HIGHLY recommend this group.”
    Hannah B.
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Common Misconceptions about Dentists

The media and Hollywood have painted dentists in a less than favorable light. In fact, they often portray them as pain causing and insensitive. Usually when represented in pop culture, they have a bad reputation for being cold, unfriendly and for asking you questions you cannot answer because you have instruments in your mouth.

These stereotypes could not be further from the truth. In fact, dentists tend to get involved in dentistry because they genuinely wish to be of service to others. Here are some of the most common misconceptions out there:

Dentists Enjoy Causing Pain 

If you ask your dentist, he or she will probably tell you the greatest anxiety they feel in their jobs is when they give injections or perform a potentially painful procedure. The fact is that most dentists never want to hurt you. In fact, they go through great lengths to make sure your appointment feels comfortable. From topical anesthetic before an injection to sedation dentistry, most dentists want to keep you feeling completely comfortable throughout your treatment. 

Dentists Are Too Expensive 

When you think about the amount of education, training, and the skills necessary to provide good dental care, dentistry is a real bargain. Because dentistry is a specialized field in medicine, most dentists attend school just as long as most doctors and some even work in a residency program after they graduate. 

Dentists also need to have professional team members such as hygienists and dental assistants to provide each patient with appropriate care.

When you add the cost of education, payroll, training, continuing education, insurance costs, equipment costs, dental lab costs, business overhead, supplies, and the latest technology, you see how quickly the cost of running a dental business adds up.

At our Lafayette, LA dental office, we strike a balance between providing the very best care and keeping it reasonable for our patients. We do not believe in cutting corners when it comes to your health. If you ever have a question about the cost of your treatment, let us know.

Do not let Hollywood depictions keep you away from the dentist. We look forward to providing you with the very best care and even offer oral sedation if you cannot get those old stereotypes out of your head.

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