by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Tyler McElhaney

Providing a Gentle, Caring, and Comprehensive Approach to Oral Health

“My goal is to have patients want to go to the dentist,” said Dr. Sarah K. Belderes, DDS, owner of Academy Dental. “Far too often people think it is the low point of their day to go to the dentist. We are working to change that.” How is she doing so? By being what Dr. Belderes calls a “different kind of dentist,” staying focused on being gentle, patient, and caring. “We spend individual time with each of our patients,” elaborated Dr. Belderes. “We treat phobic patients by using calming techniques and sedation. You will never feel rushed.”

Additionally, the office – located in a small space in Solana Beach – offers an intimate setting. “We only treat one patient at a time. We are a calm, relaxing office with a fun family feel,” described Dr. Belderes. “You will be known by name and see the same staff. We will be able to help you with your insurance and help your dental visit feel at ease.”

mp_academyDental_2Dr. Belderes – who received her doctorate from the University of Southern California in 2001 – purchased the practice about one year ago after moving back to her hometown of Del Mar (she also owns a practice in southern Orange County). Today, her Solana Beach practice utilizes the latest technology to offer a broad range of dental treatments, including preventative care, crowns, veneers, whitening, and Invisalign.

Academy Dentistry also specializes in aesthetic and restorative dentistry – an area Dr. Belderes is especially skilled in. “I work hard to restore function and stability to a patient’s bite,” explained Dr. Belderes. “Old silver fillings break down the tooth structure over time causing fractures in the teeth. We use ceramic restorations to restore the tooth structure as minimally invasively as possible.” Dr. Belderes is adept in matching single front crowns to full mouth restorations – not an easy task; and she works with a team of specialists for the best results in root canal and implant placement. “I am in a study club regarding implant placement and dentures,” Dr. Belderes added.

But it’s not just restorative dentistry that Dr. Belderes is focusing on; she is dedicated to advancing her knowledge in all areas of dentistry. “I spend numerous hours in continuing education and reading dental journals,” said Dr. Belderes. “I work to study the whole approach to striving for dental health aiding in overall health improvement.”


Owner: Sarah K. Belderes DDS
Years in Position: 14
Year of Establishment: 2014
Address: 781 Academy Dr., Solana Beach, CA 92075
Phone: 858-523-9800
Description of Business: Dr. Sarah is a different kind of dentist. Gentle, patient, and caring, she takes the time to provide patients with the best care possible. She believes in conservative, preventative dentistry and her goal is to increase the longevity of her patient’s teeth.