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Gentle Family Dentistry

Gentle Family Dentistry

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Welcome To Gentle Family Dentistry!

Office of Dr. Barbara Bowman-Hensley

We offer a wide variety of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic services to improve your oral health as well as the overall quality of your life. Our team is dedicated to providing you the friendly, professional and personalized dental care that you deserve. We offer dental care for the whole family.

Our state-of-the-art treatment rooms offer all of the latest equipment to make your visit as efficient, brief and comfortable as possible. Each room is decorated with its own theme to assist in your comfort and relaxation. We have a Beach Room, Sports Room, Hiking/Nature Room, Dog/Pets Room and a Baseball Room (a personal favorite of Dr. Bowman-Hensley). Immediately when you walk in the office, you will see the entire office has a cabin/lodge feel that gives you an "at home" warm feeling. We welcome you to our dental home!

Your comfort is our goal. Our gentle touch and peaceful environment allow you to stay relaxed while we work on creating the smile you always wanted. At Gentle Family Dentistry, we pledge excellence in all we do and we look forward to helping you make the most of your smile now and for the years to come. Contact us today to schedule your first visit. 

We genuinely hope this site is helpful to you in learning more about Dr. Bowman-Hensley's dental practice, dental conditions and treatments, dental recommendations, and more.

Please browse through our website and be sure to give us a call if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.

Services & Benefits

  • Gentle family dentistry for the entire family
  • Exceptional Patient introductory and preventive care from our hygienist
  • Thorough diagnostic & functional analysis
  • Digital low dose radiographs (x-rays) & Digital Imaging
  • Laser cavity detection
  • Predictable, esthetic restorations
  • Porcelain veneers, crowns, implants, and fillings
  • Highly skilled, personable staff
  • Comfortable Dentures / Partials
  • TMJ muscle and joint evaluation / treatment
  • Office atmosphere that feels like home

Office Hours

Phone:  828-299-8824
Fax:      828-299-8835

1674 Tunnel Road
Asheville, NC  28805

Monday - Thursday

(and occasional Fridays)

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Interstate 40 to Exit 55. North toward Tunnel Road. Right on Tunnel Road. Office is on the left within one-half mile.

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Dr. Barbara Bowman Hensley & Staff



New Patients Welcome!

We would love to have you as a new patient! It's always nice to develop new friendships.

Have a tooth problem? Call us for an appointment, fill out the New Patient Forms, and bring them with you.

You may print / download the New Patient Forms here.

It is important for you to give thought to what you want for yourself, today and in the future. After we are both clear on the dental goals you have set for yourself, we will examine your mouth to establish a diagnosis.

Diagnosis is the most important step we will take. Together, we will learn about the conditions present in your mouth and what they mean. Observing and understanding the conditions present in your mouth will enable you to make an informed decision about your dental future.

After completing a thorough examination, we will then decide whether additional evaluation is appropriate.

Once we know the condition of your mouth and have a clear understanding of your short and long term goals we can cooperatively develop a plan to guide us in the restoration and preservation of your dental health. Please contact us today and then take the time to fill out the required forms above before your visit.

Meet Dr. Barbara Bowman-Hensley

Dr. Barbara Bowman-Hensley was raised in East Asheville, less than 2 miles from her new practice. She was educated locally at ABTCC, UNCA, WCU, and practiced several years as a dental hygienist before going to University of Kentucky to complete her dental degree (doctorate). After graduation, she returned to Buncombe County and worked in public health until opening her first office in October 2002.

She has served on ABTCC Advisory Board, Buncombe Co, Board of Health & taught clinical assisting and hygiene as adjunct faculty for ABTC. She has numerous hours volunteered with ABCCM & her church. She also sponsors several road races, teams, and charities.

Dr. Bowman-Hensley currently lives in Black Mountain with her husband, Mike, and her two dogs: Sugar & Bear. Their son, Joshua, is serving in the USAF. Outside of her dental practice, she enjoys time with her family, hiking, running, softball, and tennis.

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Payment and Financing

Being sensitive to the fact that different patients have different needs, we provide the following payment options: Cash or Check, Credit Cards, or a Monthly Payment Plan through CareCredit.

Because your smile and dental health is important to us, we offer a smart, affordable payment plan through CareCredit. This company gives you the option of selecting the right plan that best meets your needs.

This convenient payment option is an excellent way for you to start treatment right away, so you can enjoy that healthy beautiful smile immediately.

Eating for Good Oral Health

What you eat affects your oral health destiny. You can dramatically impact your dental health by eating a well-balanced, healthful diet. Research has shown that poor nutrition jeopardizes our oral health, which puts you at risk for a number of serious dental problems.

The Food Factor

Our food choices can make a big difference in two of the most common diseases today: tooth decay and gum disease. Certain foods, especially those containing sugar, are directly linked to increased levels of cavity-causing bacteria. Tooth decay results when acids from the bacteria attack the teeth forming cavities.

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An affectionate nuzzle from your dog is a cherished encounter . . . unless bad breath leaves you gasping for air! Halitosis is a common problem in pets that disrupts our relationship with them and threatens their overall health. But bad breath is merely the first sign of potential trouble.  Read More...

Baby's Oral Health
While your baby's first teeth might be temporary, taking an active role in setting the state for a lifetime commitment to oral health is a task no parent should take for granted.  Read More...


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Gentle Dentistry For The Whole Family . . .

Our gentle dentist and caring staff welcomes new patients.

Our focus is on you, and ensuring that you have the most comfortable, stress free experience possible. We offer theme offices in a comfortable environment.

When you visit our office, your smile is our top priority. We are dedicated to providing you with the personalized, gentle care that you deserve.

Part of our commitment to serving you and your family includes providing information that helps you to make more informed decisions about your oral health needs. This website is a resource we hope you'll find both useful and interesting. Contact us today! •Phone: 828-299-8824 •Fax: 828-299-8835

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