Dr. Steven Airey grew up outside of Kansas City, Missouri, in a blue collar, union area. He attended the University of Missouri — Kansas City for both undergraduate and graduate degrees, earning a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry before eventually earning his dental degree in 1980. He practiced dentistry in Missouri for 10 years before relocating to Naples, Florida, where he continued being a dentist for another 15 years while he and his wife raised their four children. Finally, he moved to Boone, North Carolina, where he has continued to offer dentistry for over 10 years.
He is a member of several professional organizations, including:
- Academy of General Dentists
- American Dental Association®
- North Carolina Dental Society
- International Dental Implant Association, where he has achieved diplomate status
- International Academy of Sleep
- American Academy of Sleep Medicine
- The Pankey Institute
- The Dawson Academy
Dr. Airey has completed a diplomate in implantology fellowship from Dr. Arun Garg. He is also a mentor for the Scottsdale Center trainees (CEREC/Spear education) and a member of a local study club. Despite all of this education, Dr. Airey continues to take continuing education courses to remain on top of the latest dental technologies and procedures, completing well beyond the minimum requirement, especially in implants, CEREC and oral surgery. As a dentist, his goal is to provide leadership that inspires and creates a fulfilling environment for his team and to provide life lasting healthcare for our patients through caring for their oral health.
Dr. Airey volunteers his time to the North Carolina Missions of Mercy (NCMOM) portable free dental program throughout the year. NCMOM is an outreach program of the North Carolina Dental Society, and these clinics offer free dental treatment to those who are in financial need or have no other options for care. Since the founding of NCMOM in 2003, the program has provided more than 55,000 patients with more than $25 million in free care.
Dr. Airey and his wife have been married for over 39 years. They have three married children and seven grandchildren. In his spare time, Dr. Airey enjoys golfing.