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Personalized Dental Care For Rancho Bernardo

You can go to any dental practice and let them clean your teeth, and if you’re like most people, you’ll be happy when you leave them. Dr. Howard and his team want to change that. They want to make you excited to take care of your teeth. They want you to know how great you can look, how confidently you can smile, and they want to make that feeling last. The kind of service and treatment you’ll get from Dr. Howard will be different than any other dental practice you’ve ever been to, and those differences are exactly why you’ll choose him to be your dentist in Rancho Bernardo:

Comfortable and Compassionate Dentistry

So many people avoid dental care because they are afraid, and we think that is a tragedy. Unfortunately, most practices do not help their patients in this regard, allowing them to walk into an empty office, be greeted by only a clipboard, and then hurriedly shuffled into a cold and uncomfortable treatment room without explanation or eye-contact.

When you walk into Dr. Howard’s office, the first thing that you will hear is a friendly greeting from one of his team. They want to help you feel calm as soon as you step into our comfortable waiting room. When you’re brought back for treatment, you’ll be offered an array of amenities seldom seen at other practices, such as:

  • Special glasses so you can watch movies with stereo sound
  • Bose noise-cancelling headphones
  • Bottled water and assorted juices
  • Fleece blankets and neck pillows
  • Dark glasses to protect your eyes from strong lights

All of this is to help you feel as mentally and physically relaxed as possible. Dr. Howard will always take the extra time to explain how a treatment works and let you ask questions and voice concerns without judgement. You’ll be surprised by how comfortable your visit to your Rancho Bernardo dentist can be.

Complete Dental Services

So many people make an appointment with their dentist unsure that they’ll actually be able to help them. Will they be able to fix my broken tooth? Can they close the gap in my teeth? Can they replace my missing teeth? This uncertainty leads to one thing: not going to the dentist. However, Dr. Howard can restore your confidence because he offers a wide array of services that can help you no matter your current condition, and he guarantees that he can give you the smile that you’ve always wanted. If you haven’t been to the dentist in years and need a check-up, have broken teeth that need to be repaired, or simply want to spruce up your smile before your next event, you can make an appointment with the certainty that Dr. Howard will be able to help you.

Great Dentistry Can Be Affordable

Dental care can be expensive, right? That’s why you have dental insurance, but you know not every practice will take it. The last thing you want to do is walk into an office not knowing how much it is going to cost. We make this all extremely easy for you because we will always take your insurance. We will work with your provider so you can get the most out of your benefits and know exactly what your treatment will cost BEFORE you come to see us. Don’t have insurance? No problem-- we can also offer flexible, low-interest financing for qualified applicants.

Meet Your San Marcos Dentist

Nelson Y. Howard, D.D.S., A.A.A.C.D.San Marcos dentist, Dr. Nelson Y. Howard

Dr. Nelson Y. Howard graduated from the UCLA School of Dentistry in 1986, and he completed a one year General Practice Residency at the V.A. Medical Center in West Los Angeles in 1987. Dr. Howard's advanced training in cosmetic, functional, implant, and restorative dentistry provides his patients an added advantage in knowing that their dental care will be of the highest standard possible and customized to their personal needs.

Dr. Howard’s meticulous nature, his standards of excellence, and his focus on perfection are clearly visible in the results he continually achieves. As Dr. Howard always says, “I wouldn't put anything in or do something in someone else's mouth I wouldn't want to have done in my own mouth first!”

(How many of your previous dental visits could have benefitted from this approach?)

What People Have To Say About Their Dentist in Rancho Bernardo

When you get down to it, the best way to learn about a dental practice is to hear what their former and current patients have to say. Dr. Howard likes to think that quality speaks for itself:

Wonderful experience! Dr. Howard is a great dentist and I always feel comfortable in his chair. He is always happy to answer any questions you may have. Also, if you're ever nervous about shots, here you don't have to be. I have a huge fear of needles, but with Dr. Howard's great technique, I didn't feel a thing! Highly recommended!”
–Mary Krotter, San Diego, CA
Dr. Nelson Howard has been my family dentist for over 10 years, and we are very happy to have had him to take care of all of our dental concerns. You couldn't meet a nicer person who is also very sensitive and tuned-in to patient needs and goes above and beyond any call of duty.”
–Irene Miller. San Diego, CA
Nelson Howard is, by far, the best dentist I've ever had. Skilled, focused, intelligent, and above all, gentle. He does beautiful crowns and fillings and cares about doing the work well--in fact, I'd say he's almost a perfectionist. At the same time, he's fair about pricing and never pushes unnecessary work. He provides clear information and guidance, but he is also respectful about letting me make decisions about my care and budget.”
–Rebecca Carrer, San Diego, CA

Where You Can Find Your Rancho Bernardo Dentist

Our Rancho Bernard office is located at:

12540 Oaks North Drive, Suite A3
Rancho Bernardo, CA 92128

IWe’re just on the other side of I-15 from the center of Rancho Bernardo, and we are conveniently located right next to the Oaks North Plaza Shopping Center and the Oaks North Community Center. If you are heading north on I-15, take the exit for W Bernardo Dr. heading east, and this will turn into Pomerado Rd. Stay on it, and after you pass Paseo Del Verano Norte, take a left on Oaks North Dr., and we’ll be on your left.

If you’re heading south on I-15, take the exit for Rancho Bernardo Rd. heading east, and then take a left on Pomerado Rd. Right after you pass Paseo Del Verano, take a right on Oaks North Dr., and our practice will be on your left.

Our Comprehensive Services

We can take care of everything under one roof here! When you come to see Dr. Nelson Y. Howard, you can trust that all of your dental needs will be completely met. Below, you’ll find just a brief overview of everything we can do for you. To learn more, simply click on the titles.

Preventive DentistryWoman with dental mirror showing teeth

The best way to deal with any dental issue is to simply stop it before it starts. Thanks to regular cleanings and check-ups with your dentist in Rancho Bernardo, you won’t need to worry about cavities, gum disease, or bad breath because they’ll keep your smile fresh, healthy, and beautiful all year.

Cosmetic DentistryDental mirror showing flawless enlarged tooth

The right cosmetic dentist in Rancho Bernardo can do wonders for both your confidence and your appearance with just a few simple treatments. You can catch people’s eyes with a sparkling smile thanks to our quick and easy teeth-whitening treatment, or fix all your chips, cracks, and gaps in just two visits with porcelain veneers. One call could be all you need to get that perfect smile.

Restorative DentistryMan in 50s smiling brightly

Does your smile make you feel incomplete? Are broken, damaged, or decayed teeth making you think twice before speaking to people, or are they constantly causing you pain? With Dr. Nelson Y. Howard’s variety of metal-free restorations, you won’t just get your original smile back, you’ll get a better one.

Laser DentistrySan Marcos dental patient gives thumbs up

Every day, Dr. Nelson Y. Howard utilizes the most advanced technology to treat his patients both quickly and pain free. Lasers can be used to treat sensitive areas like your gums without the need for local anesthetic, and he can even help balance a “gummy” smile with gum re-shaping.

Dental ImplantsDental model of implant supported crown

The gaps in your smile can be restored using this revolutionary treatment. Rather than simply placing a prosthetic tooth on your gums, dental implants rebuild your teeth from root to crown, giving you a solution that is the best both medically and cosmetically. Also, Dr. Nelson Y. Howard is one of the few dentists in the area that can perform the entire procedure himself, which will save you time and guarantee a fantastic result!

Sedation DentistryDentist working attentively on patient

Millions of people avoid going to the dentist because they are afraid. We empathize with these patients, and do whatever we can to help them. Dr. Nelson Y. Howard will always listen to your concerns, and can offer a variety of sedation techniques that will not only protect you from pain, but also calm your mind.

TMJ TherapyHand displaying a custom nightguard

Did you know that chronic headaches can often be caused by a misaligned or strained jaw? Your TMJ, or temporomandibular joints (the hinges located in front of your ears) can often the source of a lot of unaccounted for pain. A simple custom-made mouthguard could be all you need to get complete relief, and Dr. Nelson Y. Howard can provide you one right here in Rancho Bernardo.

Periodontal TherapyOlder dental patient talk to dentist

The gums are just as important to your oral health as your teeth, which is why taking care of them will always be part of your standard check-up. Dr. Nelson Y. Howard and his team can help you fight against this all too common dental problem that has been linked with such serious conditions as diabetes, heart disease, and dementia.

Sleep Apnea TherapyWoman covering ears in bed next to snoring husband

Do you or your partner snore? Do you feel tired throughout the day even though you get 7-8 hours of sleep? Your Rancho Bernardo dentist, Dr. Nelson Y. Howard, can provide you with a custom-made and easy to use mouthpiece that will help you and those you care about finally get the rest they need.

Come See Us!

If you’ve read this far, we’re pretty sure you’ve already found your Rancho Bernardo dentist. Dr. Howard and his team are eager to meet you, and they can’t wait to see what they can do for your smile. If you have any questions about our practice or want to schedule an appointment,

please contact us today.