Dr. Stephen Dent, MD

Ear, Nose, and ThroatMale

Dr. Stephen Dent, MD is a Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat) Specialist in Encinitas, CA and has over 17 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Dent has more experience with Sleep Apnea and Otologic Conditions & Procedures than other specialists in his area. He graduated from University of Texas At Galveston / Medical Branch medical school in 2004. He is affiliated with medical facilities Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas and Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Dent to book an appointment.

Dr. Dent

M J Thibault MD Inc

227 N El Camino Real Ste 100 Encinitas, CA 92024
Telehealth services available

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Likelihood to recommend Dr. Dent

3.7

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What went well
  • Appointment wasn't rushed (25)
  • Listened & answered questions (25)
  • Office environment (25)
What could be improved
  • Didn't explain conditions well (10)
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions (10)
  • Appointment was rushed (9)
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Been to 4 ear nose and throat doctors. Dr dent is the best one and gets to the bottom of the isues and has a solution for them. Very smart Dr too knows his stuff. And keeps up with new treatments also knows that allergies have a lot to do with his job. And offers oral allergy treatment. He is kind and really cares about his patients. I have never had any problems getting appointment with him so the other people on here need to look up who they are seeing there is a big difference between a pa and a Md
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Jul 29, 2020
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Not a good experience at all. Mr Dent seems more concerned about cramming in the most amount of patients (money) in a day than actually helping people. Waste of time. And money.
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  • Didn't listen or answer questions
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Richard – Jul 20, 2020
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Friendly Staff, never a long wait. Great communication!
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Casey Friedman – Mar 30, 2020
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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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Oct 19, 2018
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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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  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Mar 19, 2018
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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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Carlsbad CA – Mar 09, 2018
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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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Mar 09, 2018
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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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Mike Tryon in Encinitas, CA – Jun 08, 2017
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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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Encinitas, CA – Jun 23, 2016
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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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Clay in San Marcos, CA – May 07, 2016
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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....Read more

Specialties

  • Ear, Nose, and Throat

Board Certifications

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
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What are Dr. Stephen Dent, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Dent frequently treats Sleep Apnea and Otologic Conditions & Procedures. See all practice areas where Dr. Dent specializes.

Where is Dr. Stephen Dent, MD's office located?

Dr. Dent's office is located at 227 N El Camino Real Ste 100, Encinitas, CA 92024. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Frequently Treated by Dr. Dent

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Dent treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Dent treats other conditions, please contact the office at (760) 479-2100.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep-disordered breathing specialists diagnose and treat conditions, such as snoring or obstructive sleep apnea, in which breathing is interrupted during sleep, resulting in symptoms of fatigue, irritability and high blood pressure.Compare with other Sleep Apnea specialists.

Dr. Dent is experienced in the area of Sleep Apnea. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

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Otologic Conditions & Procedures

Otolgic care is s subspecialty of otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) that focuses on symptoms and conditions of the ear, including hearing loss, tinnitus, dizziness and infections.Compare with other Otologic Conditions & Procedures specialists.

Dr. Dent is experienced in the area of Otologic Conditions & Procedures. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

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Vertigo
Tinnitus
Deafness
Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
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Dr. Dent's conditions and procedures:

  • Ablation or Excision of Nasal Turbinates
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • Acute Tonsillitis
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Broken Nose
  • Chronic Ear Infections
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Chronic Tonsillitis
  • Conductive Hearing Loss
  • Cough
  • Deafness
  • Deviated Septum
  • Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
  • Dizziness
  • Dysphagia
  • Ear Ache
  • Ear Tube Placement
  • Earwax Buildup
  • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
  • Enlarged Turbinates
  • ENT Cancer
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
  • Excision of Parotid, Sublingual, or Submandibular Gland
  • Excision or Destruction of Palate or Uvula Lesion
  • Facial Fracture
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Head or Neck Lump or Swelling
  • Headache
  • Hoarse Voice (Dysphonia)
  • Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Leukoplakia
  • Malignant Otitis Externa
  • Meniere's Disease
  • Nasal Polyp
  • Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Nosebleed
  • Oral Cancer
  • Otitis Media
  • Outer Ear Infection
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Perforated Eardrum
  • Postnasal Drip
  • Rhinoseptoplasty
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Salivary Gland Cyst
  • Salivary Gland Stones and Inflammation
  • Sinusitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sphenoidotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Throat Cancer (Nasopharyngeal)
  • Throat Cancer (Oropharyngeal)
  • Throat Pain
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Tinnitus
  • TMJ
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Tonsil Cancer
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tonsillitis
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Uvulectomy
  • Vertigo
  • Vestibule and Floor of Mouth, Excision or Destruction
  • Vocal Cord Nodule
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis

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Dr. Dent accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Alliance Health Care
Alliance Health Care PPO
Anthem
Advantage-CA HMO
Advantage-CA PPO
Balanced (Prudent Buyer)-CA PPO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Individual-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Large Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Small Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Individual-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Large Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Small Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Student Health-CA PPO
Blue Cross-CA HMO-POS
Bronze (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Bronze w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Dignity Health Custom Advantage-CA HMO
Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
Dignity Health PHC EPO & HDP/HSA-CA
Dignity Health Ventura EPO/PPO-CA
EPO-CA
Gold (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Gold (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold Advantage-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Gold Priority Select-CA HMO
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
PERS Choice / PERSCare Providers-CA PPO
PERS Traditional-CA HMO
Platinum (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Platinum (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Platinum Priority Select-CA HMO
Priority Select-CA HMO
Silver (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Silver (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Advantage-CA PPO
Silver EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Silver EPO w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Priority Select-CA HMO
Silver w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Tenet Network-CA PPO
Traditional
Traditional PPO
UC Care-CA PPO
UC CORE-CA PPO
UC Health Savings Plan-CA
UC High Option Supplement to Medicare-CA
UC Medicare with Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Medicare without Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Resident and Fellows-CA PPO
UCSHIP-CA PPO
USC Plan (Two Tiered Network)-CA HMO
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthKeepers Plus POS
Beech Street (Multiplan)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
Blue Shield of California
Access Plus Savenet
Local Access Plus HMO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
GENERAL
GENERAL EPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Tricare
UnitedHealthCare
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M J Thibault MD Inc227 N El Camino Real Ste 100 Encinitas, CA 92024
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2020 Cassia Rd Ste 101 Carlsbad, CA 92009
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