1496 N. Higley Road, Ste. 104 Gilbert, AZ 85234 info@softouchdental.com 480-830-5003

Welcome To Our Practice

Our practice is owned and lead by Dr. Steven Schiffenhaus & Dr. Alex May – leaders and educators in Softouch Dental. Our practice philosophy is to help maintain patients natural teeth for as long as possible through minimally invasive techniques and adhesive restorations that “mimic” the natural tooth they are replacing as close as possible. The more of your tooth that we save the stronger it will be and the better the chance we have of avoiding root canals and/or tooth loss. Dr. May and Dr. Schiffenhaus came together to SLOW things down with the focus being on the patient and doing the highest quality job possible. This is modern dentistry for the whole family!

The dental profession has moved towards a high volume and high speed business model. We prefer not to see a patient as body that fits a time slot but a unique individual with unique treatment requirements that need to be customized for the individual. Dr. Schiffenhaus & Dr. May prefer to have the time to get to know their patients, thoroughly explain procedures, use the best materials and techniques (not the quickest), give time for the patients to become fully numb, and use proper rubber dam isolation to protect the patient and achieve the best restorative outcomes possible. Both Dr. May and Dr. Schiffenhaus strive for highly cosmetic results that look as natural as possible. They use high magnification including dental microscopes to perform their work with extreme precision. If you are looking for a modern, minimally invasive, high quality, and esthetically driven practice, you are in the right place!”

My name is Dr. Steven Schiffenhaus

My family includes my wife Sara, my son James, our Great Danes Josey and Wade, and our cat Calvin. We have been married for 7 years and together since we met while attending Arizona State University 10 years ago. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, golfing, hiking, and competitive shooting.

Our Services

Fixed Bridge

Mouth Guards

Dental Veneers

Teeth in a day

Same day crowns

Dentures or “Plates”

Fillings – Tooth colored

Laser Dentistry

Our Team


Office Manager


Registered Hygienist


Registered Hygienist


Registered Dental Assistant

Our Doctors

Dr. Jennifer Bailey

Dr. Bailey, a native of Iowa, followed in her father’s footsteps and graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 2001. Dr. Bailey enjoys the variety in general dentistry, especially crown and bridge, restoration of implants, and pediatrics, and takes great pride in providing high quality dentistry. When Dr. Bailey is away from the office, she likes spending time with her husband and her two young sons, as well as their two dogs. She enjoys walking, watching movies, reading, and hiking with her family.


Dr. Releford is Board Certified in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. Bringing over 25 years of experience to this practice, he enjoys working with all ages in making beautiful smiles. Dr. Releford is a West Point graduate and a decorated Vietnam veteran. He completed his orthodontic residency at the University of Missouri. He is active in Rotary Club, civic and church activities. Dr. Releford is married with three children and enjoys golf, racquetball and woodworking in his free time.

Dr. Payal Rajyaguru

Dr. Rajyaguru, was born and raised in Arizona and completed her undergraduate degree at ASU (she remains a passionate Sun Devil fan). Dr. “Guru” is known for the quality of her work and for her wonderful bedside manner with patients of all ages. She loves her profession and is experienced in all aspects of dentistry including implants, endodontics, prosthodontics, dentures, extractions, crowns, bridges and much more. In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking, baking and sewing.

Our Testimonials

I loved coming here with my two daughters all the staff was caring and friendly cared about your needs. I definitely recommend this place for anyone to come in with dental needs. Ruby Moreno

Wonderful experience. So glad I have finally found a great dentist with an amazing staff. I will be looking forward to going to the dentist now! Also I would recommended to dental lovers  Sherri Rice

Pam Mooney is the best hygienist I have ever had the pleasure of having cleaning my teeth! I will definitely go back. The new doctor is super nice. Theresa Bess