The Smile Independence

The Smile Independence


Thank you for your interest in The Smile Independence.  We are eager to serve you and your family!  Our door is always open to answer any dental questions and address the needs you may have.   The Smile Independence team is highly dedicated to making every visit a pleasant one.  Our team consists of well-trained professionals who work together to bring you the highest quality care.  We hope dental treatment will have a new and pleasant meaning for you after visiting our practice.  At the bottom of this page, you can access our new patient forms and information regarding our in-house insurance plan. Below, you can read reviews/testimonials from current patients and you can also request an appointment on the review page. Thanks for visiting us! 

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The Smile Independence is an office that provides comprehensive quality care in the most comfortable caring manor. The Smile Independence previously Gentle Dental Care was created with a special emphasis on treating patients who experience extreme apprehension about visiting the dentist. If you have dental phobias or severe anxiety, we would like the opportunity to earn your trust. Dr. Ryle offers 3 levels of sedation for the most fearful patients to the mildly anxious.

  • Heavy IV Sedation
  • Moderate IV/Oral Sedation
  • Mild/Ativan with or without Nitrous

Call today and Experience the Difference 859-363-1616

1984 Walton Nicholson Pike

Independence, KY 41051

Then Smile Independence offers:

  • General Dentistry
  • Root Canals
  • Implant Dentistry
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Extractions
  • Snore Guards/Night Guards

  • Dr. Tara Ryle DMD





    Dr. Tara Ryle DMD

    Dr. Tara Ryle was born and raised in Independence, KY. She graduated from Simon Kenton High School in 2000. She received a Bachelor of Science from University of Louisville in Microcellular Biology and then attended the University of Louisville School of Dentistry to receive her doctorate of dental medicine in 2008. Recently Dr. Ryle completed Parental (IV) Moderate Sedation in Dentistry at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry which will allow her to perform conscious sedation on fearful patients. Dr. Ryle married her high school sweet heart, Claiborne Ryle, in her first year of dental school. They have two beautiful sons together.

    Kim: Treatment Coordinator

    Kim has worked for the practice for 13 years, first for Gentle Dental Care and then on to The Smile Independence. She is responsible for ordering medical supplies, marketing, treatment planning and assisting the doctor with all tasks. Her most important job is to treat patients like royalty. She loves the ability to change lives and enjoys the reward of a patient waking up from sedation to see their new smile. Changing a smile can change a life. Kim truly cares for her patients, as does everyone else in the office, and really enjoys being a part of a team that makes a difference. In her spare time she enjoys her faith, family and friends!

    Tori: Patient Coordinator

    Tori was born and raised in Ohio. She has a little girl that she loves more than anything in the world. Tori went to a 2 year Dental Assisting program and received her Associates Degree in Applied Sciences. She was a Dental Assistant for 4 years then decided to work up front as a Patient Coordinator. She felt it was very important for the patient to have the BEST experience at the dental office and loved to make that very first impression, not only by walking in the door but by over the phone.

    Brittany: Lead Dental Assistant

    Brittany is originally from Western Kentucky, but now makes her home in Fort Mitchell KY. She values family and is a proud parent of one daughter, Sutton. Brittany is an expert Expanded Duties Dental Assistant with over eight year’s experience in the field. She has a compassionate heart and enjoys helping as well as educating patients about their dental treatment needs. Brittany maintains her continuing dental education because she takes pride in her career. When Brittany isn’t working hard at the office, she loves outside activities, working out and spending time with her friends and family!

    Sammi: Expanded Duties Dental Assistant

    Sammi was born in Harlan County and raised in Harrison County. She attended Maysville Community Collage for 2 years, in 2013 graduated the Institute of Dental Technology with her certificate as an Expanded Duties Dental Assistant. She loves what she does, the most rewarding thing is to see her patient cry tears of joy because of something she have helped achieve. She has been with her husband for 10 years and they have two amazing little boys. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family, love the outdoors and she loves to shop!