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Home | Our Dentists | Stephen C. Hovda, DDS

Stephen C. Hovda, DDS

4.8 out of 5 (216 Reviews)(43 Comments)
Data integrity Press Ganey Certified
Park Dental Ridges
40 Nicollet Blvd W
Burnsville, Minnesota, 55337

P 952-898-0990

F 952-891-0230

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Park Dental Savage
14170 Highway 13 S
Savage, Minnesota, 55378

P 952-444-9500

F 952-444-9515

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Overall Patient Rating
4.8 out of 5 (216 Reviews)(43 Comments)
Data integrity Press Ganey Certified

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  • B.S. Chemistry (2007) University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (2012) University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • American Dental Association
  • Minnesota Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry

Professional Statement

I have a passion for dentistry and enjoy the wide variety of procedures that I get to perform each and every day as well as the chance to develop long term patient relationships. I believe patient education is an essential component of quality dental care so knowing that my patients fully understand their current oral health as well as all their treatment options is extremely important to me.

I care for patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and am currently working toward Diplomat status with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, a certification for dentists who treat OSA with oral appliance therapy. I also collaborate with sleep physicians to identify the best treatment for each patient.


In my free time I enjoy traveling, music, skiing, tennis, and taking care of my three pet goldfish. I live in Minneapolis with my wife, Leslie, and we enjoy exploring the city and cooking together.

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4.8 out of 5 (216 Reviews) (43 Comments)

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Dr. Hovda is extremely professional but has an excellent bedside manner.
5 out of 5
February 3, 2020
Fantastic consultation
5 out of 5
February 3, 2020
I had a previous experience with extreme pain at an appt at a different dentist years ago, and Dr Hovda was patient and kind while listening to my story and took great care to make sure I was comfortable throughout my procedure this week. I appreciated that he called the next day to see how I was feeling. his dental assistant was also very kind and gentle.
5 out of 5
January 30, 2020
Dr Hovda is very good at asking me what questions I have for him before and after his exam of my mouth.
5 out of 5
January 26, 2020
can't really comment on confidence in and the concern of the doctor as it was the first time I met him. he seemed nice and answered all my questions.
4.6 out of 5
January 9, 2020
First time meeting this doctor and I enjoyed him! very thoughtful and helpful. made sure I knew all my options and that I had my questions answered.
4.4 out of 5
January 6, 2020
My daughter said that Dr. Hovda was very easy to understand.
5 out of 5
December 11, 2019
Rather than the Doctor waiting to come in after the cleaning, he came in right away! My 3 year old gets a little wild when sitting for too long so it was nice that he came in right away and completed her dental exam.
5 out of 5
December 11, 2019
We discussed possible Invisalign treatment to replace old orthodontic retainer. Very thorough in explanation.
5 out of 5
November 18, 2019
loved that the doctor kept asking if I had any questions.
5 out of 5
September 11, 2019
Dr. Hovda and his assistant were excellent with the care they gave me. I came into the office with a bonafide dental phobia, and with their help, caring, patience, and expertise, I am now not afraid to go to the dentist at all, which is truly incredible! They are AMAZING!
5 out of 5
September 2, 2019
He was very good.
5 out of 5
August 13, 2019
very impressed with all of the staff here!
5 out of 5
August 10, 2019
Dr. Hovda was the most caring/ professional Doctor I have ever met! And his Assistant was so wonderful.
5 out of 5
July 23, 2019
I did not have any issues with my teeth this time. He asked me questions and we moved on .
3.8 out of 5
July 15, 2019
Dr. Hovda was great with my child! Even though she was a little antsy in the beginning he didn't seem to mind.
5 out of 5
May 31, 2019
Dr. Hovda spent a great deal of time with me going over the concerns that I was being seen for as well as other some other health concerns he had. He made me feel like he had all of the time in the world for our appointment even though I am sure he had other patients to see. I feel very blessed to have found such a great dentist!
5 out of 5
May 23, 2019
He is a wonderful Doctor, he always make sure my questions are answered.
5 out of 5
May 1, 2019
Doc Steve was fantastic. He understands how to build a bond of trust with patient.
5 out of 5
April 18, 2019
Dr. Stephen Hovda has done an outstanding job with my dental care. He has been patient and thorough in order to ensure I have the best dental results possible. I am very thankful.
5 out of 5
March 11, 2019
the dentist and hygienist were great!
5 out of 5
March 7, 2019
The doctor took time to explain everything and excellently answered all my questions
5 out of 5
March 4, 2019
Dr. Hovda, was very kind and gentle, he was very understanding of my anxiety with the condition of my teeth and was not judgy or threatening like some dentists are. I have some major work to be done and he broke it down into what I can do now and how he can help, and then what we can do next, without making me feel physically and financially overwhelmed
5 out of 5
February 1, 2019
I was very impressed overall for my first visit.
5 out of 5
January 19, 2019
Excellent care
5 out of 5
January 18, 2019
While, the entire staff, including the doctor, was great, it seems like a conveyor belt. It has it's pro's and con's.
5 out of 5
January 16, 2019
My doctor is Great
3.8 out of 5
November 13, 2018
all good
4.8 out of 5
November 6, 2018
Dr. Harder has a very warm demeanor and he showed genuine concern and interest in my questions and explanation of my dental health.
5 out of 5
October 28, 2018
Very Good!
5 out of 5
October 24, 2018
The doctor and staff were very genuine.
5 out of 5
September 21, 2018
I was extremely impressed with the doctor. He was polite, informative, and inspired confidence in the care received.
5 out of 5
September 17, 2018
This was my first time seeing Dr. Hovda and he was great. He took the time to review my history, explain my treatment options, and made sure I was comfortable throughout the entire procedure.
5 out of 5
September 14, 2018
Dr. Hovda was polite and open to answering my questions, but I do feel there was a lack of information given, especially related to regular dental care at home between now and the next appointment and following up to what the dental hygienist had noticed during her cleaning.
3.6 out of 5
June 23, 2018
I don't have dental issues, so it is hard to evaluate based on minimal conversation - since minimal conversation would be needed.
3.6 out of 5
June 21, 2018
best dentist I have been to
4.7 out of 5
April 6, 2018
Awesome experience. Dr. Hovda was very courteous and communicative.
5 out of 5
January 15, 2018
Truly enjoyed Dr. Hovda!
5 out of 5
August 18, 2017
I was very impressed with Dr. Hovda. He was professional and told me what I could expect with the extraction, and kept me appraised of what was going on. He was very kind. I have had minimal pain since that time, which I attribute to Dr. Hovda's excellence.
5 out of 5
August 1, 2017
Dr Hovda was patient and kind during my appointment... I have anxiety because of negative experiences when I was a child - he was patient during my tense moments
5 out of 5
May 16, 2017
Dr hovda seems young but he was extremely knowledgeable and very smart about dental health
5 out of 5
May 4, 2017
Dr. Hovde was very good at answering my questions, explaining how we should proceed, but most importantly I did not feel judged for the condition of my teeth or my financial situation. I am confident with his care I am well on the way to getting my teeth in better condition.
5 out of 5
March 1, 2017
It was a bit frustrating that the doctor was running behind. I was done with my teeth cleaning at 7:30pm and had to wait to see the doctor until 7:50pm. That was 20 minutes of me sitting with the dental hygienist (sp?) and waiting with idle conversation. It only took the doctor 3 minutes to check my teeth.
3.8 out of 5
February 8, 2017
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