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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)

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  • 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

Reviews

SEE WHAT OUR PATIENTS HAVE TO SAY!

4.9 /5
205 reviews
Facebook
5.0/5
Jul 23, 2021
Facebook Gentle Dental Carlsbad
Great examinations, and great cleaning, helps really well and gives the treatment needed to keep our teeth strong.
Facebook
5.0/5
Jul 22, 2021
Facebook Gentle Dental Carlsbad
Best dental office. The Dr. and employees are very kind and helpful. I highly recommend Gentle Dental for any procedure.
Google
5.0/5
Jul 19, 2021
Google Gentle Dental Carlsbad
Before I discovered this dental office my experience with Dentists or more accurately dental offices which are managed by those who prepare the treatment plans and their associated costs I have had many bad experiences which really planted the seeds of mistrust. I have been going to this dental office for a few years now and they have always demonstrated that their primary focus is on the wellness of their patients rather than how can best to maximize their insurance claims and copays. The staff is very engaging and present. They listen and more importantly they hear what I am saying and always make sure that I know all of my treatment options providing both Pros and Cons and clearly explaining the associated costs. They do not immediately hard sell the most expensive option or try to sell you cosmetic procedures diguised as necessary treatments.
Gentle Dental Carlsbad replied on Jul 20, 2021:
Dear Frank, 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
Jun 29, 2021
Google Gentle Dental Carlsbad
Had a great 1st visit. Everyone was really friendly and "Gentle". I'm not the biggest fan of going to the dentist....good experience.
Gentle Dental Carlsbad replied on Jul 9, 2021:
We appreciate your positive review about your recent experience with us!
Google
5.0/5
Jun 11, 2021
Google Gentle Dental Carlsbad
Had a really great experience with this Gentle Dental. I am new to the area, so I just had my first appointment with them. All of the team members are so kind! And my dental treatment was very comfortable and pain-free. Thank you! Highly recommend
Google
5.0/5
Jun 9, 2021
Google Gentle Dental Carlsbad
I came here because one of my molars cracked in half and needed to be extracted. Dr. Dutta was wonderful! She explained she could remove the tooth, gave me options and explained everything as she went along. All work was completed in less than 1 1/2 hours. (Exam, numbing, extraction and bone grafting.) Dr. Dutta holds Masterships and Fellowship Awards with the AGD. Carlsbad Gentle Dental is fortunate to have her. I will definitely be returning to Carlsbad Gentle Dental for my future work! PS. I had previously gone to another dental group that said I would have to go to their specialist for the work. The specialist was 5 times the price as Gentle Dental. So, Gentle Dental was my 2nd opinion. I'm so glad I went there!
Gentle Dental Carlsbad replied on Jun 9, 2021:
Dear Pam, 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
4.0/5
Jun 8, 2021
Google Gentle Dental Carlsbad
Dental appointments can't be sugarcoated any way you look at them. So my only complaint today was the extra 20-30 minutes I had to wait for my hygienist to see me. In the grand scheme of things, not a big deal.
Gentle Dental Carlsbad replied on Jun 9, 2021:
Dear Samuel, 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
Jun 3, 2021
Google Gentle Dental Carlsbad
Really is "Gentle" Dental. If you're like me, and hate going to the dentist due to an unnatural fear of pain, don't worry this place takes great care to make sure you're comfortable and not experiencing pain. I had fillings done a deep clean and replaced a bridge. All of this was accomplished with little discomfort to me. If you're on the fence go for it you won't regret it.
Gentle Dental Carlsbad replied on Jun 3, 2021:
Dear N W, 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.
Facebook
5.0/5
May 27, 2021
Facebook Gentle Dental Carlsbad
The staff are very friendly and they are like family. I like this dental clinic because they tell you everything all the procedure and cost, so you don't get surprises. I recommend it to everyone. I'd give. 5 stars.
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!
Gentle Dental Carlsbad replied on May 19, 2021:
Dear Jesse, 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 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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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.

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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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