Dr. Tyler Slaughter
The Face of Dentistry

I have to thank my sister, Dr. Andrea (Slaughter) Garrett, for suggesting dentistry as a career path. I thought I would follow in her footsteps into medicine, but I’m thankful she could see what a great fit dentistry would be for me and my future family. I shadowed dentists during undergraduate school at Mizzou and then applied to the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Dentistry. I graduated in 2012 with an award in clinical excellence. Upon graduation, I was fortunate to obtain a year of general practice residency at Truman Lakewood Hospital. Then after residency, we finally moved back to Jefferson City. This was my dream from day one. Riverbend Dentistry was born in April 2014, and we are excited to be celebrating 10 years!

Nobody likes going to the dentist, but we had a vision to change what the dental experience should be. “Dentistry done differently” is the motto we try to live by when providing patients their entire dental experience. Over the years, we have loved hearing how much kids enjoy coming to our office. We know we are slowly changing the perception of what a dental office is. I am thankful to have Dr. Wes Christiansen by my side and all of our team members who make the office what it is each and every day.

We also strive to provide excellent patient education. In many situations, there is not one right solution. We listen to your priorities and customize treatment plans that fit your needs and wants. Our team will answer all of your questions and address any concerns because that’s what we’re here for. Informed consent is always a priority at our office.  

After moving to our larger office, we’ve continued to invest in additional staff certifications as well as dental technology so we can provide the best services out there. For example, we can scan an entire mouth with the wave of a wand (no more sticky trays), and we can create long-lasting crowns in our office on the same day of your visit (no more waiting 2-3 weeks). Coming soon, we’ll also be providing 3D printing, which can help us to provide things like dentures and custom mouthguards without waiting on a lab. Our goal is to always provide our patients with the best technology and services to help them smile for a lifetime!


Tyler Slaughter, DDS, provides advanced family dentistry for all ages and is committed to changing the perception of what dentistry can be for his patients.

Riverbend Dentistry: 600 Monroe St., Ste. 300, JCMO
(573) 635-6080 | riverbenddentistry.com