COVID-19 update: Our offices are open and continue to operate under enhanced safety protocols to protect our patients and team members. LEARN MORE.

Extended Hours
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)

Service representatives standing by

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

New Patients

$50 Exam & X-Rays

Includes new patient exam and full mouth X-Rays.

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New Patients

$100 Off Non-Covered Services

New patients only. On services of $300 or greater not covered by insurance.

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Ortho Special

Braces from $99 Month

Flexible payment plans. Including FREE Orthodontic consultation.

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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

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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FRIENDLY, CONVENIENT & FLEXIBLE

Gentle in So Many Ways

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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