Meet Reno, NV, Dentist, Dr. Michael Atencio

reno nv dentist dr michael atencioOur Founder – Dr. Michael Atencio, DDS

Well, it was thanks to a childhood bicycle accident back in the Summer of 1974 that I started on my journey to becoming a dentist.

I was having a bike race with my younger brother Pat around the basketball courts at Longs Peak Jr. High School. I was so intent on beating him that I was digging the pedals as hard as my legs could go with the handlebars going back and forth as they do when you are trying to pedal fast. All of a sudden the handlebars came loose and in a flash, the front wheel turned 90 degrees and I went flying face first on to the pavement.

There was blood, broken teeth, crying and lots of pain. When my brother and I made it home, my dad called our dentist but to no avail. It was after hours and no one answered. My dad was finally able to get a hold of a dentist, Dr. Fred Coats, who agreed to meet us after hours.

Even though I was in extreme pain, I was scared to go see the dentist. I just knew that more pain was to come. My memory is kind of blurry but I do remember that Dr. Coats made quite an impression on me with his gentleness and compassion. He stitched my lips, fixed my front teeth and, most importantly, got me out of pain. He even called to check on me that night and the next day.

It was that accident and Dr. Coats’ handling of my care that made me want to become a dentist. He took a scared little boy in lots of pain and gave me a smile again.

From that summer on, anytime anyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would answer…a dentist. And I never wavered.

So, after I graduated from Longmont High School nine years later in 1983, I went on to Colorado State University and entered their Pre-Dental Program. After finishing at Colorado State University, I was lucky enough to be accepted by a number of top Dental schools.

I selected the University of Nebraska Dental School and graduated with my DDS in 1991.

The University of Nebraska was a life-changing choice for me. Not only did I accomplish my childhood dream of becoming a dentist but It was at the University of Nebraska that also met my future wife, Christy.

Christy is a Reno native but was attending the University of Nebraska training to be a Dental Hygienist. She graduated in 1990 and we were married a couple of months after her graduation.

After I graduated the following year in May of 1991, we decided to move to Reno. It was a great choice.

Not only is it a great community with so many great activities but I also was able to practice side by side with Christy’s Father, Dr. Gary Toogood. Dr. Toogood was and is an excellent dentist who still practices dentistry today in Las Vegas at 80 years old. He has been my best mentor since I graduated.

Christy and I have 3 children, a son Cole born in 1991 and twin girls, Sydney and Skylar, born in 1995.

I love my job and I will be doing it for a long time. But more than the job… I love my patients. I am always honored that they have selected me among their many choices to be their dentist.

I don’t take this trust for granted and I will always work to give them the best.

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Meet Our Reno, NV, Dentist – Schedule Your New Patient Appointment Today!

To learn more about our 5-star-rated dental care, schedule your Atencio Dentistry New Patient Exam today by calling 775-829-8684 or by clicking here. Your appointment includes a thorough exam by Dr. Atencio, digital x-rays, and an in-depth consultation. Depending on your specific needs, you may even be able to begin treatment on the same day as your initial exam. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment – we can’t wait to meet you!

As one of the premier dental practices in Reno, NV, Dr. Atencio and his team at Atencio Dentistry also provide 5-star-rated dental care to patients in Sparks and Carson City, NV, and surrounding areas.

Your 5-Star-Rated & New Favorite Dentist in Northern Nevada

The team at Atencio family dentistry is amazing. The entire staff is kind, courteous, professional and most of all understanding of your needs. The prices are very reasonable and Dr. Atencio's work is perfection. Their dedication to professionalism and the highest quality dental care is why I only trust Atencio family dentistry. Well worth the drive for a great dental experience. See you next time.

- Justin warren b 5 star review

Had a recent visit to Atencio Dentistry as a new patient; staff was wonderful and accommodating to my disability needs from appointment scheduling to cleaning. My hygienist was very gentle. Dr. Atencio was present to review my dental X-rays and properly evaluated what needed to be done. Needed referral for evaluation for my jaw discomfort. Will be back to get what needs to be done and for my next cleaning.

- Donna abilene r 5 star review

Dr. Atencio and his staff are so friendly, kind, gentle and professional! I had a tooth pulled today, and everyone was awesome. Dr. Atencio was amazing and when he was done I was shocked that the tooth had been pulled. I highly recommend Dr. Atencio for any of your dental needs!

- Jeff j parel 5 star review

I like Karian, my new hygienist. She is personable, professional, knows her craft and made me feel comfortable and at ease. A very nice addition to Atencio's team. I also love the new air filtering equipment that has been added in each hygienist work station. An extra measure of precaution during this pandemic.
Nice to see a profession that is so proactive and protective during these challenging times

- Maggie kathleen a 5 star review

Excellent!! Wish I could give more stars as I am deathly afraid of the dentist and this office is amazing. Love the fact I can have nitrous oxide for cleanings. Sarah the dental hygienist is amazing!!! Best Dentist (Dr. Atencio) I have ever had in my 59 years!!! Thank you

- Cathy julius w 5 star review

*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Atencio Dentistry. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.
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Our Reno, NV
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3773 Baker Lane, Suite #3
Reno, NV 89509


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Our Reno, NV
Dental Office
3773 Baker Lane, Suite #3
Reno, NV 89509


Office Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8AM - 4PM

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