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Dr. Stephen Dent, MD

Ear, Nose, and Throat ·  Male

Dr. Dent

Stephen Dent M.D.

477 N El Camino Real Ste A202 Encinitas, CA 92024

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Dr. Stephen Dent, MD is an otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) specialist in Encinitas, CA and has been practicing for 15 years. He graduated from University of Texas At Galveston / Medical Branch in 2004 and specializes in ear, nose, and throat.


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Likelihood to recommend Dr. Dent

3.7

Based on 34 reviews

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Took time off work for an early appointment, filled out mounds of paperwork and waited over an hour. Finally asked staff what was happening and they said my appointment was scheduled for later that day. Hmmmmm! Wasted a lot of time here and finally left. Make sure you double check your scheduled time with them.
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Since I had surfer’s ear, I went to Dr. Dent for advice. His staff explained clearly what the surgery entailed and associated costs. At my pre-op meeting with Dr. Dent, he answered all my questions and concerns, and made sure I understood the procedure and recovery. The surgery was scheduled for 1-2 hours, and was delayed because the prior surgery took more time than expected. My surgery was 2 ½ hours, so for myself as well as the earlier patient, Dr. Dent put in the time to insure success.
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Never saw the doctor after months of visits & thousands of dollars. All of my appts were with PAs. When I complained that none of my ear & hearing issues were being addressed after all of those months, their office manager offered me another appt .... with a PA! Don't use this doctor. You probably won't get to see him anyway.
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I spent 8 months & hundreds of dollars at this practice & not once saw the doctor. All of my appts were with PAs & there was no treatment of my conditions. They ordered test after test & did nothing with the results, stringing me along & charging thousands to my insurance. Office staff is unhelpful & defensive when their business practices & lack of medical treatment concerns are brought up. Read the Yelp reviews & those that aren't shown. Seems to be common practice for this place.
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4 visits, thousands of dollars, and still no relief for my ear problem. Worse yet, I still haven't seen the doctor. Dent uses physician's assistants to take his place. I got his PA Bret Noland, one of the worst medical professionals I have met. It feels like talking to my mechanic about my health. He even suggested my ear pain was imagined because of my hearing loss. When steroids and diuretics failed to work he ran out of ideas but never thought it may be time to have me see the doctor.
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Dr. Dent is an excellent doctor. He's very caring and listens very well. He was very compassionate before my thyroid surgery and made certain I had all my questions answered. His knowledge and professionalism are so reassuring to me and I would trust sending any one of my family members and friends to him.
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I have to say this was one of the best experiences I have had interacting with any medical professional. I am lucky to be very healthy and rarely need a doctor but had a surfing incident that broke my nose. It happened on a Sunday, I called Dr. Dent's office Monday morning to be greeted by an extremely friendly staff and they had me in Friday afternoon. From the time I walked into the office until I left I felt like the most important patient. Every member of his staff were friendly.
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Care Philosophy

Dr. Stephen Dent is a board certified Otolaryngologist specializing in the medical and surgical treatment of child and adult ear, nose and throat disorders. He and his staff are dedicated to bringing you quality and compassionate medical care.

Specialties

  • Ear, Nose, and Throat

Education

University of California At San Diego
Residency Hospital
University Of California At Davis / School Of Medicine
Internship Hospital
2004
University of Texas At Galveston / Medical Branch
Medical School
Texas A&M University / Main Campus
Undergraduate School
2004

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(760) 479-2100

Dr. Dent accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Alliance Health Care
Alliance Health Care PPO
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthKeepers Plus POS
Beech Street (Multiplan)
Blue Shield of California
Cigna
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
GENERAL
GENERAL EPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Tricare
UnitedHealthCare
Navigate HMO
Navigate POS

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No malpractice claims found for California
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Dent's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Sinusitis
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Dent treats Sinusitis more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Dent treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Dizziness
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Dent treats Dizziness more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Dent treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Postnasal Drip
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Dent treats Postnasal Drip more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Dent treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Dent's conditions and procedures:

  • Ablation or Excision of Nasal Turbinates
  • Abscess
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • Adenoidectomy
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Balloon Sinuplasty
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Nose
  • Cancer
  • Cervical Lymph Node Dissection
  • Chronic Cough
  • Chronic Ear Infections
  • Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Chronic Tonsillitis
  • Cochlear Implant Insertion
  • Conductive Hearing Loss
  • Cough
  • Deafness
  • Deviated Septum
  • Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
  • Dizziness
  • Dysphagia
  • Ear Ache
  • Ear Disorders
  • Ear Infection
  • Ear Surgery
  • Ear Tube Placement
  • Earwax Buildup
  • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
  • Enlarged Turbinates
  • ENT Surgery
  • Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
  • Excision of Facial Bone
  • Excision of Parotid, Sublingual, or Submandibular Gland
  • Excision or Destruction of Palate or Uvula Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Pharynx Lesion
  • Facial Fracture
  • Facial Laceration
  • Fracture
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head and Neck Conditions
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Head or Neck Lump or Swelling
  • Headache
  • Hearing Loss
  • Hoarse Voice (Dysphonia)
  • Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Laryngoscopy - Laryngotomy - Laryngectomy - Pharyngolaryngectomy - Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy and Laryngotomy
  • Larynx Conditions
  • Leukoplakia
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Nasal Polyp
  • Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Nasal Surgery
  • Neck Cancer
  • Neck Pain
  • Nose Plastic Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
  • Nosebleed
  • Oral Cancer
  • Otitis Media
  • Otosclerosis
  • Outer Ear Infection
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Perforated Eardrum
  • Perforated Eardrum Repair (Tympanoplasty)
  • Peritonsillar Abscess
  • Postnasal Drip
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Salivary Gland Stones and Inflammation
  • Sinus Disorders
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Sinusitis
  • Skin Cancer
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Sore Throat
  • Sphenoidotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Throat Cancer (Oropharyngeal)
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Tinnitus
  • TMJ
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Tonsil Cancer
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tonsillitis
  • Uvulectomy
  • Vertigo
  • Vocal Cord Nodule
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Vocal Cord Polyp
  • Wheezing