I went to this dentist a few years ago for a "cleaning". I should have known to RUN once I saw the waiting room, but, against my better judgement (go get the book The Gift of Fear!), I went through with the appointment.
The waiting room looked more like a flea market than a professional dentist's office. The most disturbing thing was a huge print of the three stooges showing Curly getting his tooth yanked out with a pair of pliers.
Among other things that were very unprofessional, the x-ray machine was obviously very old because I had to remove all my earrings beforehand. Everyone and everything about this place just gave me an eerie feeling. (The Gift of Fear, once again...) I was told I needed a filling, but I made up a reason to get out of there. I said I would call to make an appointment for the filling once I knew my schedule. (NOT!)
The same day I made an appointment with another dentist and went in the following week. I was SO much more at ease. I told them I needed a filling, but guess what! I DIDN"T need one! All I needed was a CLEANING which I obvioulsly did not really get the previous week. The dentist and assistant had to ask to clarify that it was the previous WEEK before this and not the previous YEAR. The supposed cavity was a small dot of a STAIN on my tooth! He said he had a feeling he knew who I had been to...
So, my insurance was ripped off and the company said they couldn't do anything about it. The first dentist not only didn't DO any proceedure, but also charged much more than the second, qualified dentist. AND wanted to drill in my mouth when there was NO cavity. Imagine the damage this guy could have caused! So my appointment and x-ray (with a modern machine!) with the second dentist came out of my pocket. I reported Sawyer to the MO Dental Board, but nothing can be done unless more people come forward, i.e. he hurts people who then come forward. He did not get a chance to actually really HURT me yet... It's really sad because this guy is the Medicaid dentist there! And I have heard some horror stories since, while I made a point to tell aquaintances to STAY AWAY.
Please do NOT go to this dentist! And if you have and anything has happened to you, please report this dentist to the MO Dental Board. You only get one set of teeth. Guard them! TRUST YOUR FIRST INSTINCTS!