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Experienced Dentists
Adult and Pediatric Services

Hours

Monday 8:00-5:00
Tuesday 8:00-7:00
Wednesday 8:00-7:00
Thursday 8:00-7:00
Friday 8:00-5:00
Saturday 8:00-3:00 (By Appt)

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  • Monday – Thursday: 7:15am – 8pm PST
  • Friday: 7:15am – 6pm PST
  • Saturday: 7:30am – 4pm PST

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        To Know Us Is To Love Us

        LEARN ABOUT US

        The Carlsbad Gentle Dental is conveniently located in the Carlsbad Plaza South Shopping Center on S. El Camino Real between Marron Road and Hospital Way.

        We offer flexible hours for your convenience, including evenings and weekends by appointment, and accept most insurance plans. For those without dental insurance, we offer our Dedicated Dental Plan that provides low-cost preventive and diagnostic care, as well as discounts of 20 percent or more on most dental treatments. We also have flexible payment plans and financing available as needed.

        Our friendly team of dental professionals is eager to put a smile on your face by providing sincere and compassionate care. We offer gentle, personalized family dentistry for patients of all ages, including pediatric and teen dentistry. Our skilled team of dentists can help you with all types of general dentistry, orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, oral surgery, endodontics and root canals, and much more. We also offer sleep sedation by appointment. Give us a call for more information on this special service.

        We pride ourselves on building relationships for life with our patients by providing a great patient experience, open communication, excellent service for all your dental needs, and education to help maintain good oral health and overall well-being. We promise to make you feel valued, respected, and as important as family.

        Close proximity to Camp Pendleton, we cater to military families or Active Duty Service members accepting both Tricare Dental programs for dependents and Active Duty Dental programs for active service members.

        Stop in and see us on S. El Camino Real. We offer convenient, handicapped-accessible parking. To set up an appointment or for further assistance, please call us at 760-552-8834. One of our friendly staff members will be happy to speak with you.

        Meet The Team

        WHO WE ARE

        • Stephen E. Needle

          Stephen E. Needle

          D.D.S., M.S., Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

        Reviews

        SEE WHAT OUR PATIENTS HAVE TO SAY!

        4.9 /5
        205 reviews
        Google
        5.0/5
        May 12, 2021
        Google Gentle Dental Carlsbad
        Excellent customer service throughout, from booking, to front office staff, Dr's and everyone in between. Special thanks to Joy Johnson, the hygienist, she has always made my family's teeth sparkle, taking her time with great attention to detail. Thanks Gentle Dental Carlsbad!
        Google
        5.0/5
        Apr 27, 2021
        Google Gentle Dental Carlsbad
        Great customer service and very friendly staff!
        Gentle Dental Carlsbad replied on Apr 28, 2021:
        Hi Fabiola, we are very happy to have provided you with such a positive experience!
        Google
        5.0/5
        Apr 17, 2021
        Google Gentle Dental Carlsbad
        Wow! Great experience at the Carlsbad office. The hygienist is wonderful; office staff are kind and efficient. Definitely recommend!
        Gentle Dental Carlsbad replied on Apr 29, 2021:
        Dear Adri, Thank you for taking the time to post your kind words. At, Gentle Dental Carlsbad, it means a lot to us to know you had a great experience and we look forward to seeing you on your next visit.
        Google
        5.0/5
        Apr 15, 2021
        Google Gentle Dental Carlsbad
        AMAZING! AMAZING!! AAA-MAZZ-INGG!! The staff is incredible and very helpful. They answered every question i had and even educated me on all my issues. They really know how to make u feel comfortable and at home. They really go over and beyond! I drive from LA just to come here because of how awesome everyone is. They also have an amazing dental membership plan for those that don’t have insurance which saved me so much. Thank you guys!
        Gentle Dental Carlsbad replied on Apr 16, 2021:
        Dear Glenda, Thank you for the kind feedback. At the Gentle Dental Carlsbad, we are glad that the team has put you at ease and taken great care of you during your visit. Your review means a lot to us and we look forward to seeing you at your next visit.
        Google
        5.0/5
        Apr 9, 2021
        Google Gentle Dental Carlsbad
        My first visit here yesterday 4/8/21 was great! Staff was friendly competent and explained everything they were doing and why and the cost to me. Professionals, not sales people. I am pleased and will return.
        Gentle Dental Carlsbad replied on Apr 9, 2021:
        Dear Susan, Thank you for taking the time to post your kind words. At, Gentle Dental Carlsbad, it means a lot to us to know you had a great experience and we look forward to seeing you on your next visit.
        Google
        5.0/5
        Mar 19, 2021
        Google Gentle Dental Carlsbad
        This is a great group, they fit me in last minute and got me fixed up and feeling much better! I love how sweet everyone is and I feel secure that the work they did was done properly. Thank you for taking care of my teeth and me! :)
        Gentle Dental Carlsbad replied on Mar 23, 2021:
        Dear Kristin, Thank you for the kind feedback. At the Gentle Dental Carlsbad, we are glad that the team has put you at ease and taken great care of you during your visit. Your review means a lot to us and we look forward to seeing you at your next visit.
        Google
        5.0/5
        Mar 18, 2021
        Google Gentle Dental Carlsbad
        First time and have a great experience. Staff is really friendly and helpful.
        Gentle Dental Carlsbad replied on Apr 6, 2021:
        Katya, thank you for your kind review; we are happy to pass along your comments to the team here at Gentle Dental Carlsbad!
        Google
        5.0/5
        Mar 15, 2021
        Google Gentle Dental Carlsbad
        Convenient and accommodating, Gentle Dental has been the right choice for me.
        Gentle Dental Carlsbad replied on Apr 8, 2021:
        Michael, we strive for 100% satisfaction, and it is great to see you had such a positive experience at Gentle Dental Carlsbad.
        Google
        5.0/5
        Mar 6, 2021
        Google Gentle Dental Carlsbad
        I came to genital dentistry for my 6 month dental cleaning and exam. I’m new here after being hit with so many extra fees from my X dentist office. So I changed to Gentle Dentistry at 2620 El Camino Real suite A near Sprouts. I was in and out with exam and cleaning in less then an hour. Rosalie and Clarissa hygienist were great. Used ultrasonic cleaning and scaling.... no hidden fees. Dr Hwang was really informative and efficient. This is a great place for dental care. Cecilia at Front desk was so helpful in explaining services. They even fitted me in for cleaning all in one visit.... great place !!!.
        Gentle Dental Carlsbad replied on Mar 8, 2021:
        Yom, thank you for your kind review; we are happy to pass along your comments to the team here at Gentle Dental Carlsbad!
        Google
        5.0/5
        Mar 2, 2021
        Google Gentle Dental Carlsbad
        Good quality care and they understand how to care for your teeth.
        Gentle Dental Carlsbad replied on Mar 10, 2021:
        Thank you for taking the time to let us know how we did. We hope you have a great day!
        Gentle Dental Carlsbad replied on Jan 22, 2021:
        Vivi, your satisfaction is our top priority.
        Google
        4.0/5
        Feb 4, 2021
        Google Gentle Dental Carlsbad
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        Google
        5.0/5
        Feb 2, 2021
        Google Gentle Dental Carlsbad
        Gentle Dental came to my rescue! I had a consultation visit when I was in the middle of crown preparation with another dentist. After the consultation, I changed my dentist with my insurer to Dr. Caroline Hwang at Gentle Dental. The staff are respectful, informative, and partner with you to answer your questions for your best dental experience. I recommend Gentle Dental in Carlsbad.
        Gentle Dental Carlsbad replied on Feb 2, 2021:
        Denise, we strive for 100% satisfaction, and it is great to see you had such a positive experience at Gentle Dental Carlsbad.
        Google
        5.0/5
        Jan 29, 2021
        Google Gentle Dental Carlsbad
        The Gentle Dental staff at the Carlsbad location are professional , friendly and provide the best dental treatment experience . We have recommended to our friends and family.
        Gentle Dental Carlsbad replied on Mar 10, 2021:
        Shaun, we strive for 100% satisfaction, and it is great to see you had such a positive experience at Gentle Dental Carlsbad.
        Google
        5.0/5
        Jan 25, 2021
        Google Gentle Dental Carlsbad
        This is the best dental place I’ve been to! The staff are so welcoming and friendly I use to dread going to the dentist since I was a child but this place changed that. I’ve had many things done here from cleaning, regular check ups, X-rays, root canal, replacing crowns, and now Invisalign. It always feels great when people actually take the time to talk to you and know your name. I highly recommend this place!
        Gentle Dental Carlsbad replied on Jan 25, 2021:
        Dear Jocelyn Arquero, Thank you for the delightful feedback. At the Gentle Dental Carlsbad, we are glad that the team has put you at ease and taken great care of you during your visit. Your review means a lot to us and we look forward to seeing you at your next visit.
        Facebook
        5.0/5
        Jan 22, 2021
        Facebook Gentle Dental Carlsbad
        i love my dentist and the staff. They always take care of me. Rosalie the hygienist is very gentle. Dr. Bilguujin is very thorough and did a great job with my dental procedures. Aileen the office manager is very caring and helpful. Highly recommended.
        Gentle Dental Carlsbad replied on Jan 22, 2021:
        Dear Aurora Lagazon, Thank you for taking the time to post your kind words about our staff. We are excited to share this with the team. At, Gentle Dental Carlsbad, it means a lot to us to know you had a great experience and we look forward to seeing you on your next visit.
        Facebook
        5.0/5
        Jan 22, 2021
        Facebook Gentle Dental Carlsbad
        I had good experience with the professional staff and they explained before hand what They were going to work on me. I’m happy with their work and my teeth and mouth are very happy! Gentle Dental are what they say they are! Love them all!
        Gentle Dental Carlsbad replied on Jan 26, 2021:
        Dear Hermelinda, Thank you for the delightful feedback. At the Gentle Dental Carlsbad, we are glad that the team has put you at ease and taken great care of you during your visit. Your review means a lot to us and we look forward to seeing you at your next visit.
        Google
        5.0/5
        Jan 21, 2021
        Google Gentle Dental Carlsbad
        Another great dental experienced for my visit today. Staff were super friendly, professional and the office is very clean. I've noticed they are very serious in following CDC guidelines because of the Pandemic. I feel comfortable with my visit. I highly recommended them.
        Gentle Dental Carlsbad replied on Jan 22, 2021:
        Mitch, we strive for 100% satisfaction, and it is great to see you had such a positive experience at Gentle Dental Carlsbad.
        Google
        5.0/5
        Jan 15, 2021
        Google Gentle Dental Carlsbad
        as the name indicates they are always very nice to me and my teeth :-)
        Gentle Dental Carlsbad replied on Jan 15, 2021:
        Hi Anna Box, we are very happy to have provided you with such a positive experience!
        Google
        5.0/5
        Jan 14, 2021
        Google Gentle Dental Carlsbad
        This place is amazing, everyone always so professional and friendly!
        Gentle Dental Carlsbad replied on Jan 22, 2021:
        Hi Paola, we are very happy to have provided you with such a positive experience!
        Google
        5.0/5
        Jan 12, 2021
        Google Gentle Dental Carlsbad
        Great customer service! All the staff took care of me and provided excellent service!
        Gentle Dental Carlsbad replied on Jan 25, 2021:
        Hi Maya L, thank you so much for your positive comments about Gentle Dental Carlsbad!

        General Dentistry

        Our general dentistry services take care of the daily dental needs of you and your family.
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        • Preventative Services
        • Restorative Services
        • Pediatric Dentistry
        • Emergency Dentistry
        • Sleep Sedation

        Orthodontics

        We offer a variety of options to achieve the smile you always wanted.
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        • Invisalign
        • Traditional Braces

        Cosmetic Dentistry

        Our cosmetic services include a variety of treatments for patients looking to enhance their smiles.
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        • Teeth Whitening
        • Dentures & Partials
        • Veneers
        • Inlays & Onlays
        • Crowns & Bridges
        • Implants
        • Bone Augmentation

        Specialty Dentistry

        Our extensive network of neighborhood practitioners make it easy to find dental specialists.
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        • Orthodontists
        • Endodontists
        • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
        • Periodontists
        • Prosthodontists

        Pediatric Dentistry

        Our pediatric services include a variety of treatments and specialties for patients looking to enhance their smiles.
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        Insurances We Accept

        Gentle Dental accepts most dental insurance plans and options. If you do not see your insurance plan below, contact us and we will be happy to assist in confirming your existing insurance provider.

        DELTACARE PMI HMO
        DELTA CA-PPO
        MET SAFEGUARD HMO
        METLIFE PPO
        UHC-DBP HMO
        DHS HMO
        CA DENTAL NET HMO
        MDG-MDC GUARDIAN HMO
        CIGNA HMO
        CIGNA PPO
        HEALTHCOMP
        UCCI CONCORD PLUS HMO
        ACCESS DENTAL HF/HMO
        ANTHEM B/C CA HMO
        AETNA DMO
        LIBERTY DENTAL HMO
        CONVERSION
        UCCI TRICARE / FMDP
        UHC-PACIFICARE HMO
        UNITED CONCORDIA PPO

        ...and many more.
        Call to see if your insurance is covered!

        (760) 552-8834

        Questions about Insurance?

        If you have dental insurance and are concerned about coverage do not hesitate to reach out to our friendly staff. Our team here at Gentle Dental will help you with any payment or insurance questions you may have and will work closely with you to help you get the most out of your dental plan.

        About Payment

        Gentle Dental aims to be as gentle on your wallet as our dentists are when providing treatment. Our professional staff will help you get the most from your dental insurance benefits and explain any deductibles and co-pays to you.

        Payment options include cash, major credit cards, discount plans, and private financing.

        Our In-House Discount Plan – The Gentle Dental Plan

        For more details or to enroll, visit: www.gentledentalplan.com or call 1(800) 903-2532.
        You can also enroll at one of our locations.

        Flexible Financing

        We understand that you don’t always have the cash at hand, that’s why we accept most major credit cards and offer flexible financing options which can be helpful if you require more extensive work, orthodontics, or cosmetic procedures that aren’t covered by insurance. These plans can offer:

        • Low down payment and no interest1
        • No money down and no interest2
        • Extended terms up to 48 months at 14.9% promotional interest rates3

        We want to make paying for dental services as easy as possible. For more information, call us toll-free at 1-800-GENTLE1 to get in touch with the Gentle Dental Office in your neighborhood.

        1. Valid photo ID and checking account, credit card or debit card required.
        2. On approved credit. For promotional purchases over $300 if paid in full within promotional period. If promotional purchase is not paid in full within promotional period, interest will be imposed from the date of purchase at 26.99% APR.
        3. On approved credit. For promotional purchases over $1,000. Fixed monthly payments based on repayment over 24, 36, or 48 month period.

        Don’t see the service you need? Give us a call!

        (760) 552-8834

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        Gentle on Your Mind

        Our experienced Dental Professionals use the latest techniques to be as gentle as possible.

        Gentle on Your Wallet

        We accept most insurance plans, have a discount plan for those without, and offer flexible payment options.

        Gentle on Your Schedule

        We make your life easier with convenient hours including evenings and weekends.

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