Cape Girardeau Dental Care
David L. Kaelin, DMD and Richard K. Straus, DMD
Creating Beautiful Smiles


These testimonials are from actual patients that have been so thoughtful to write to our office and express their sincere appreciation for the work we have completed. Please take a moment to read these amazing stories and see how we are helping individuals every day achieve their perfect smile!


Thank you so much for fixing my veneer. Your chair side manner is incredible! I look forward to my next appointment with you and your wonderful staff! I'll bet not many people say that about going to their dentist!

-Johanna B.

Having just relocated from California, finding our new dentist was very important. I was greatly please by the staff here, and especially Dr. Kaelin. He took the time to meet with me prior to my exam, and was very thorough and informative–and genuinely kind and sincere! There was no rushing me through the process. Nicole, my hygienist, was so nice and friendly, and made my appt. a great experience. Having traveled extensively, I have been to many dentists in my life, and I can honestly say that Dr. Kaelin and his entire staff are one of the best offices I have ever been to. We will be very happy here, and I will now recommend them to all my new friends!

Cheryl M.

I can't say enough wonderful things about Nicole. I request her for a dental cleaning because I feel that she goes above and beyond to be gentle and patient. She makes me feel as if my comfort and satisfaction is of the utmost importance and I truly appreciate it. She is top notch.


The staff at Kaelin dental did a great job as they always do. Professional, confident, kind and thorough is the service that I always receive.

John W.

I went in to start the process of getting a new crown (replacement). I have been a patient for several years. I love the early morning appointments available. I get very apprehensive about dental procedures: the staff and Dr. Kaelin always take very good care of me and constantly check on me during the procedure. They are caring, informative and very helpful with any questions. It’s nice to be greeted by cheerful, smiling faces when I arrive. Thank you to a terrific staff and Dr. Kaelin.


LOVE LOVE LOVE Loved Nicole, my hygienist!!! Overall best experience I ever had with a dentist. So happy I found you all!!!!

Treneshia F.

Very nice and left the office informed and had a lot of up to date equipment…Nicole was very nice and informative! Thank you!"


Very impressed with the professionalism of all the staff. All their equipment and procedures are what you would expect to find in a large city. I feel like a country gal that just went to the big city for her dental care! I will definitely recommend all my family and friends go to Kaelin Dental Group."


I have always dreaded going to the dentist – and still not my favorite thing to do. However, my visits have been much more pleasant with Dr. Kaelin and staff. They are always friendly and I believe knowledgeable and informed on latest procedures. They explain what needs to be done and give options. The office is very modern and clean. My hygienist was Katie – would highly recommend her!


I love Kaelin Dental Group, they are very respectful, personable and friendly. I know that I need a major dental surgery and they are very good about not pressuring me to get it done right now like other dentists have in the past. They assure me that unless it becomes detrimental that it is my choice when I decide on going forward with the procedure. I have and will continue to highly recommend them to friends and family.


I Just wanted to say I had one of the best dental experiences ever...thank you for being so kind and gentle and helping me get through my phobia. I think I have found my dentist for life. Again my thanks.

-Emily T.

I lost my teeth at an early age due to gum disease and have worn dentures for over forty years. I was having difficulty eating and feared I would never be able to get a denture to fit properly due to receding gums. I met Dr. Kaelin, who introduced me to dental implants, allowing me to eat and smile with confidence. I can chew with confidence, eat corn on the cob and whole apples. Thank you Dr. Kaelin for the excellent work.

Darlene G.

Nicole took care of my son's first cleaning and all of the x-rays; she was completely amazing with my son who has ADHD. She did an excellent job catering to him, explaining everything to him and even letting him get up and move when he needed. She is amazing, my son is looking forward to seeing her again soon!

Summer M.

Dr. Kaelin is wonderful and so is his staff! I have been going there for years and am always very satisfied with my care. They are cutting edge and very knowledgeable. I would recommend them highly!

Nancy M.

I have been a patient of Dr. Kaelin's for over 3 years. Very, very satisfied with everyone who works there! I'd recommend this practice to anyone.

Julie M.

I am soo happy that I have FINALLY had a good experience at the dentist, so much so, that I am referring your office to everyone I see or talk to. I have also made appointments for my children to be seen and I know their fears of the dentist will soon be erased. I like the fact they are so knowledgeable of the procedures that need to be done and I feel comfortable enough to know that if I have any questions they answer them. Thanks for everything!


Dr. Kaelin and his staff have always been fantastic and I have and will continue to use him as my dentist. I have referred a couple of patients to him and will continue to do so. I appreciate him working me in for my unplanned visits. Thanks for all you do for me and my wife.

Scott G

I started my "dental history" with Kaelin Dental Group and when I again found myself insured, there was only one call I made. The staff is always friendly, welcoming, and understanding. Everyone is courteous and I trust their skill and recommendations. I will always be a return customer!"

Lisa N

I was from out of town and I broke the enamel off my front tooth cap. My husband was in ICN at SE Hospital and I didn't know anyone in Cape to call. Your office was contacted and got me in that afternoon for an appointment. Within a couple of hours I fixed with a temporary cap and did a very good job on it as well. He made sure I was comfortable during the whole procedure and all the staff was very accommodating. I thank you for taking care of me. Thank you!

Debbie D.

Due to some traumatic dental experiences in my past, I have avoided the dentist for years. As a result, I have had two teeth extracted in your office. I was examined and it was determined I had a gum infection, which would need root planning. It is difficult to express my fear and trepidation of dental procedures. I am unable to express how patient, kind and considerate Nicole was while working on me. She put my comfort and ease above everything else. It is difficult to express how appreciative I am. She asked me numerous times if I was doing okay and told me to let her know if I was uncomfortable. I couldn’t have asked for someone to be more kind. She was as tolerant and caring during the last part of my two hour long procedure as the first. She took her time and went out of her way to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. I just wanted you to know what wonderful care I received. I do not exaggerate when I say that it makes the difference between me seeing a dentist and getting the care I need as opposed to letting problems go until they are out of control. Your front office staff is also is also very friendly and helpful. When I come in, they treat me as if they have known me all of my life. They are all a class act and I thought you might like to know.

Susan S.

A huge thank you to Dr. Kaelin for helping me with my sleep apnea. Eighteen months ago, I was diagnosed with moderate to severe apnea, and I was put on a CPAP machine. It worked, I suppose, but it was horrible trying to sleep with that thing. During a routine check-up with Dr. Kaelin, I was telling him about my problem, and he told me he had a better solution for me. Simply put, the SUAD Dental Device works! It is just as effective as the CPAP, and yet it is so much more comfortable, portable when traveling, and easier to use. Best of all, my 11-year-old daughter no longer thinks I look like a space alien when I go to bed. Thank you, again.

Kenneth L. S.

It is so refreshing to finally see a Dental Office that is warm, inviting and truly concerned about the health and well-being of its patients. Dr. Kaelin and the entire staff all offer a level of professionalism and dedication that I have not found with any other dental office. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Mary C.

Kaelin Dental Group is the BEST!

Sarah C.

I have never experienced such an extraordinary dental appointment! I have never felt so safe and well care for, I am overcome with joy. My concerns were your concerns. Your office was very educational and the treatment was unlike any other dental office I've ever experienced. It was as if I have entered a whole new world of dentistry.

Allie S.

I have not been to the dentist in years because I never really liked going. Nicole did such a great job, I actually liked being at the dentist! She was welcoming, very informative and made the overall experience fantastic! I'm so happy I found you. Great staff, great place!

Tim P.

I can not put into words how AMAZING my experience was. Since the age of 12 I have had terrible experiences with dentists. The staff at Dr. Kaelin's office made me feel like they not only listened to my concerns, but actually cared about making me feel comfortable with everything that was happening. Dr. Kaelin met with me personally and put me at ease about my dental plan moving forward. I appreciate him and his entire staff for their compassion and sensitivity!

Heather I.

My experience at your dental office was the best one I've had in years. All of you were exceptionally kind, patient and thorough. The ambiance and décor of the interior are exceptional as well. Much thanks!

Cheryl G.