Dr. Rick Smith, DDS

Dr. Rick Smith, DDS

Dentistry  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 66
Dr. Rick Smith, DDS is a dentistry practitioner in Santa Cruz, CA. He practices dentistry, oral surgery, and more.Read his story

8030 Soquel Ave Ste 101

Santa Cruz, CA 95062

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  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna

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Dr. Smith's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Smith "Located in Santa Cruz, CA Dr. Rick Smith is one of the leading sleep apnea doctors in the area. He is an expert in Dental Sleep Medicine practicing for 30 years. He is considered one of the founding fathers of the Sleep Apnea Treatment. Dr. Smith is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Oral appliance therapy is the treatment option offered to Dr .Smith's patients. Dr. Smith is recognized by insurance companies as a specialist of oral medicine. This allows Dr. Smith to get his patient's sleep appliances covered through medical insurance instead of dental insurance to treat their sleep apnea."

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Smith "Welcome to Santa Cruz Dental Sleep, where we specialize in the relief of sleep disorders through the use of oral appliances. If this is your first visit to Dr. Smith's office, we request that you contact us to schedule an appointment for an initial consultation. At that time, Dr. Smith will review your condition and discuss treatment options. If you have not yet obtained a diagnosis for your sleep apnea condition, Dr. Smith can provide referrals to qualified sleep medicine physicians. This must be completed before any form of oral appliance treatment can be started.Patients who have obtained an initial diagnosis from a sleep medicine physician or an accredited sleep laboratory are asked to bring a copy of their polysomnogram (sleep study) so that we may better asses your condition and formulate a treatment program."
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5  Practice Areas

  • Dentistry
  • Anesthesiology
  • Oral Surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Sleep Medicine

13  Conditions Treated

  • Dental Disorders
  • Grinding of Teeth
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Tempormandibular Joint Pain
  • TMJ
  • Tooth Abrasion
  • Tooth Abscess
  • Tooth Attrition
  • Tooth Decay
  • Tooth Demineralization
  • Tooth Discoloration
  • Tooth Loss
  • Toothache

13  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of The Pacific / School Of Dentistry
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
    Other Education | Completed 2005
  • American Association of Anesthesiology
    Other Education | Completed 2009

Awards & Recognition

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Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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Dr. Smith's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Smith to family and friends
3 total reviews (1 has a comment)

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Dr. Smith's Performance

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  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    Under 10 minutes

Patient Comments (1)

I was terrified of dentists thanks to a truly horrifying experience at Western Dental. Dr Rick was referred to me by a friend & it took all my courage to make an appointment & go! Dr Rick has completely rehabilitated my attitude about dentists. He is the kindest & most gentle dentist I have ever...more
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