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Home | Our Dentists | Stephen R. McDonnell, DDS

Stephen R. McDonnell, DDS

4.8 out of 5 (176 Reviews)(35 Comments)
Data integrity Press Ganey Certified
Park Dental Salem Square
5350 South Robert Trail
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, 55077

P 651-450-9579

F 651-450-7449

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4.8 out of 5 (176 Reviews)(35 Comments)
Data integrity Press Ganey Certified

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  • Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree (1985) University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration - Finance (1979) Marquette University College of Business Administration, Milwaukee, WI
  • American Dental Association
  • Minnesota Dental Association
  • St. Paul District Dental Society
  • Fellow, Pierre Fauchard Academy, Minnesota Chapter
  • Fellow, American College of Dentists

I pride myself in providing dental restorative and related services with trustful diagnosis and friendly, caring treatment.  I strive to ensure that my patients understand their treatment options, and I take pleasure in helping them complete their work in an enjoyable and satisfying manner.  State-required continuing dental education courses and seminars enable me to stay current in patient treatment, techniques and technological enhancements.

I have devoted much time and talent serving dental, church and business organizations.  Duties have included serving church ministries and councils, the Union Gospel Mission dental clinic, and extensive work and leadership roles in local, state and national organized dental activities.  I currently serve as an officer of the Minnesota Dental Association.  Beyond these activities, I enjoy spending time with family and friends.

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4.8 out of 5 (176 Reviews) (35 Comments)

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Everything done in a teeth-cleaning exam was done at the visit. Everyone was very efficient, friendly, and experienced.
4.5 out of 5
February 29, 2020
I have never had a bad experience with Park Dental, no matter the doctor or assistant I am seeing. They are always so wonderful!
5 out of 5
February 5, 2020
Dentist was talking a lot and seemed to have no consideration or understanding that I have a severe to profound hearing loss and rely on lip reading. can't understand him very well, especially as I can't read his lips. Recommend he get to know patients better and Park Dental invest in masks with windows for people who need to see mouths for lip reading.
4.2 out of 5
January 25, 2020
very nice
5 out of 5
November 18, 2019
The doctor was very personable and has a great personality. Helps when the dentist is not your favorite place to be!
5 out of 5
October 25, 2019
Doctor was very attentive regarding my unique situation
5 out of 5
September 24, 2019
The doctor is wonderful!
5 out of 5
September 23, 2019
This was the first time for a cleaning exam at this location and being seen by the hygienist and dentist. Dentist clearly did not look at my chart as he was mentioning I could get my retainer removed which I just got re-glued back in in January. He also didn't seem to know about my hearing. Some of his comments made me a bit uncomfortable - seemed to reference my overall appearance and commenting on my size re: lymph nodes being easy to find something regarding being skinny. i also told him about a concern that my previous dentist had been monitoring and he seemed to brush it off when he couldn't find what I was referencing. I'm hoping it was just a bad first impression and I need to give him another chance. the hygienist was friendly and patient re: my hearing, but she did not rinse my mouth the entire time she cleaned my teeth, not until after they were cleaned AND polished?
3.3 out of 5
July 1, 2019
One of my front teeth literally fell out (the tooth was crowned over an old 40 year old root canal without reinforcement). My greatest hope was that they would take an xray and just clean up the edge of the break point and I expected to have an impaired smile until I could be prepped for another implant. But I came out an hour later with a new tooth that should last about a year while I plan for next steps. They restored my smile same day and the Dr. and D.A. stayed late to make sure the procedure was complete. I was completely blown away but their care for me. But that's the Inver Grove Park Dental. This is how they always are. I drive a long way to get there but it's the only place I trust with my complex dental needs.
5 out of 5
May 13, 2019
Dr. McDonald is amazing. Best dentist I have ever seen.
4.2 out of 5
March 21, 2019
Dr McDonnell is fine but honestly, he talks too much while giving very little useful information.
2.5 out of 5
March 11, 2019
I have had past health issues and Dr. McDonnel always asks about how I'm doing. I appreciate his kindness and concern as well as his experience and skill as a dentist.
5 out of 5
February 26, 2019
this dr made me feel the most relaxed I have ever been at the dentist. lovely. the assistant was also wonderful.
5 out of 5
January 31, 2019
I came to this practice to see a specific dentist whom I have seen in the past.
5 out of 5
December 26, 2018
Dr Stephen McDonnell has been my dentist for 19 years.
5 out of 5
December 6, 2018
staff is always great.
5 out of 5
December 5, 2018
all very good
5 out of 5
October 16, 2018
i am a former patient of another dental practice, and always felt like a money making opportunity for them, or just a part on an assembly line. I did not feel like that at all on my visit to Park Dental.
5 out of 5
July 13, 2018
Dr. McDonnell is great
4.1 out of 5
June 22, 2018
I've been seeing Dr Mcdonnell for years now. I trust him and have followed him to his new place of practice. Great hygienists and supporting staff also.
5 out of 5
June 11, 2018
Dr.McDonnell makes it very easy for me to see a dentist. I'll be sending my daughter there to see him. I'm very happy I got to see him on my first visit.
5 out of 5
May 6, 2018
He's the greatest!!!!
5 out of 5
April 23, 2018
I'm very comfortable with my doctor.
5 out of 5
April 16, 2018
Dentist very comforting, relaxing
5 out of 5
January 10, 2018
Patient has been under the care of Dr. McDonnel for over 10 years. We followed him to Park Dental.
5 out of 5
November 20, 2017
although dr. McDonald did a good job of repairing my chipped tooth, I found him to be very impersonable as he would use the technical language of what he was doing to fix my teeth. as a patient, I do not care about the technical part of what he is doing.
1.3 out of 5
November 15, 2017
We have enjoyed and very much appreciated Dr. McDonnell's care for us over the past six years!
5 out of 5
October 27, 2017
Made me feel very comfortable and I am a "high anxiety" dental patient.
5 out of 5
September 11, 2017
caught health issues that had probably been there for years! now I can potentially get referral treatment to avoid having future complications, thank you!
4.5 out of 5
September 7, 2017
Will not go back to this doctor. He NEVER shut up. Just kept babbling about what he was doing. What he was seeing. On and on and on. Knew a family member from long ago. went on and on about his situation. Babbled on endlessly. Just like my father. I limit the amount of time I am forced to spend with him. Do not wish to see a dentist who is like him.
2.8 out of 5
August 31, 2017
I did not enjoy my experience with Dr. McConnell. This was a reschedule of an appointment because he was running far behind the previous week. He started my appointment late, talked a lot and then stopped after drilling and before filling and was gone for 20 minutes. He made a couple statements that made me feel very uncomfortable including asking my age twice and then referencing his daughter's umbilical cord. It made me very uncomfortable.
2.1 out of 5
August 25, 2017
I loved his personality and how he checked on me continuously since he was doing a few things for my appt. his assistant was very calming and helpful as well.
5 out of 5
July 3, 2017
I trust Steve McDonnell that is why our family followed him to Park Dental.
5 out of 5
June 5, 2017
I was in pain and I've had pain for 3 days after my appointment. I would not recommend this Dentist to anyone
2.3 out of 5
May 25, 2017
Dr.McDonald did not use patient friendly terminology, I had trouble understanding him because his speech was mumbled.
1.4 out of 5
May 18, 2017
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