Sedation Dentistry allows you to relax
while getting the dental care you need.

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2533 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, California 92104
(619) 543-1588

Your Gentle Dentist in San Diego

Your smile is important, and finding a dentist in San Diego that you can trust to protect your oral health is vital. At the practice of Terry McClanahan, DDS, we provide the dental care you and your loved ones need. Our team combines decades of experience and a gentle touch to give you the quality care that you deserve.

Our office is conveniently located on El Cajon Boulevard, and we proudly serve the residents of San Diego, North Park, Mission Valley, and the surrounding areas. Our team cares about making all our patients feel welcome and appreciated. Additionally, we also offer our services in both English and Spanish. Though you can reach us by email, our team prefers you contact us by phone so that we can quickly schedule your visit or respond to your questions immediately.

Whether your child needs their first dental exam or the senior in your family is interested in dentures, you can rely on our team to help. Call us today to set up your appointment.

Dental Care in San Diego

Our team, led by Terry McClanahan, DDS, is passionate about the health of your smile. We are dedicated to providing an array of services suited to help individuals of all ages. You can count on us to always have your best at heart and only recommend treatments that you need. Our services include:

Our team will craft a treatment plan that is tailored to you and your unique circumstances and smile goals. We encourage you to ask questions and share your concerns, as we are happy to provide all the information you need to make an informed decision regarding your oral health.

Alleviating Dental Anxiety

sedation dentist in San Diego, CAOur compassionate team understands that many people suffer from dental anxiety regardless of their age. We also know that anxiety can be compounded by the fear of the unknown. That's why we walk you through what to expect and check with you throughout the treatment to ensure we are maximizing your comfort. Our team combines our gentle chairside manner, effective sedation options, and genuine care to create a positive experience each time you visit.

When you walk into our dental office, you will discover a welcoming environment where one of our friendly team will greet you and help you with the check-in process. We strive to keep our appointments running on schedule so that you won't have to sit in our comfortable waiting area for too long.

Your General Dentist in San Diego

At the dental practice of Terry McClanahan, DDS, our team cares about providing the quality treatments you deserve in a relaxing environment. Additionally, should you or a loved one be suffering from acute tooth pain, our dentist works hard to offer same-day appointments to help alleviate your discomfort. Whether your teen needs a nightguard or you are interested in veneers, we are here to help. Call us today to schedule your appointment.


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A significant number of Americans do not visit the dentist for regular checkups because they are too fearful or suffer from dental anxiety.  Sedation dentistry offers an excellent way to provide a safe, anxiety-free, dental experience to those who are afraid of the dentist. Sedation dentistry is often mistakenly thought to induce sleep.  In fact, most sedatives allow the patient to stay awake during the procedure.  Sleepiness is a side effect of some medications, but nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation and IV sedation only work to calm...

In the past decade there has been a dramatic interest in cosmetic dentistry.  We all realize that having a healthy, bright, beautiful smile enhances our appearance and allows us to smile with confidence.  Thanks to the advances in modern cosmetic dentistry, we are able to improve our teeth and smiles with quick, painless and surprisingly affordable treatments. Cosmetic dental treatments can: Change the size, shape, and alignment of certain teeth. Fill in unattractive spaces between teeth. Improve or correct bites. Lighten or brighten the...

It’s great news that the incidence of tooth decay has significantly diminished over the years due to the use of fluorides and an increase in patient awareness.  However, teeth are still susceptible to decay, infection, and breakage and sometimes need to be restored back to health.  Through improved techniques and modern technology, we are now able to offer more options for restoring a tooth back to its normal shape, appearance and function. Should your teeth ever require a restorative treatment, you can rest assured knowing we will always...

A preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions.Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet.  It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your dentist and dental hygienist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health.Prevention also includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. Sealants and fluoride...

The word periodontal means “around the tooth”.  Periodontal disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth.  Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva.  If plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar).  When plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone.  Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it!  Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the...

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