Holyoak Dental
Scott Holyoak, DDS:
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Holyoak Dental
Scott R. Holyoak, DDS
Encinitas, CA













A list of major dental treatments which I offer my patients:

Dental cleaning

White fillings


Inlays & onlays


Clear aligners

Porcelain veneers

Teeth whitening

Dentures & partials

Root canal treatment

Tooth extraction

TMJ treatment

Dental implants


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes


Monday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Wednesday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Thursday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Friday: Closed

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





Check out what some of our happy patients are saying about us:

Christian M. from Encinitas, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr Holyoak and his staff are always so very welcoming.   Starting with Jill at the front desk, all the dental hygienists, the  billing people and of course Doc H.   It is not a common thing to feel confidence that we are in no way might be getting fleeced, encouraged to get unnecessary treatments or more commonly, just being a number in a large practice. Every visit and with every member of the staff at Holyoak Dental, we always have a positive, friendly and competent interactions.

Robyn Walsh (Source: Google)


While on vacation my partner broke his front tooth, leaving a gapping space. We called and got a morning appointment. Scott Holyoak and his friendly and conscientious staff were amazing. His tooth was fixed permanently in 90 min and the staff coordinated with his dental insurance to cover more then half the bill. Their expertise and professionalism sets the bar. The office is beautiful and equipped with state of the art equipment and staff. Thank you Dr. Holyoak and staff.

Rachael Coccia (Source: Facebook)


Beware! I went in for a cleaning and was told to keep doing what I’m doing by the dental hygienist. I was in no pain, floss and use fluoride rinse every day. The dentist comes in and says I have 3 cavities that need to be filled and they are visible so we better take care of them now. I pay the couple hundred dollars and proceed to have my entire mouth numbed up. A week later and I’m still having nerve pain in all three areas where I had no pain before. I went back in and he said it looked fine and nothing he can do. That is unacceptable and frankly I question whether the fillings were even needed. He also tried to sell me on a $200 whitening treatment that I don’t need. This feels a lot like fraud to me. I’m now looking for a new dentist to fix this mistake and will not be going back to Holyoak again. I hope others can learn from my mistake and stay away!

Jeremy B. from Carlsbad, CA  (Source: Yelp)


I started going here because I needed a lot of work done and I do not like going to the dentist. It has been very hard for me to find a dentist with a schedule that was flexible enough for me. I do not plan to ever go to another dentist again. Dr. Holyoak is a great person as well as a good dentist. Everyone in the office has always been very nice and extremely helpful. I recommend this place to anyone that is looking for the best possible dental experience.

Shannon F. from Encinitas, CA (Source: Yelp)


WOW!!! This place is amazing! I hadn’t been to the dentist in 20+ years, that’s scary enough. My teenage son broke a tooth that he had a massive cavity it. After calling around trying to find someone that could get him in the same day…and someone that I could actually understand, I landed back at the same office that my parents took me to, just all new people. What a relief!!! The staff was incredibly friendly and willing to accommodate all of our needs. My son ended up needing a root canal and they even got me in for a cleaning…yay! While I was sitting in the waiting room, very comfortable too I might add, another satisfied patient came out boasting about how happy he was and how great his teeth felt. Impressive I thought, especially when about 20 minutes later he returned with Jamba Juice for everyone. #Happy #BestDentistEver

Jeff B. from Encinitas, CA (Source: Yelp)


Great dentist!  I had a tooth break and they got me in the same day…even as a new patient.  Dr Holyoak was veryfriendly, gentle and took care of business.  Tilly, at the desk, is probably the best I’ve ever seen. Glad I found a good local dentist at Encinitas Family Dentistry – so I can get my teeth back in top shiny shape.

Jason H. from Carlsbad, CA (Source: Yelp)


After meeting with several other area dentists for my teenage son, we met with Dr. Holyoak to get help with a specific issue.  We needed a tooth extracted from his mouth, and he currently has braces.  Several others dentists who we had met with said it was too difficult, or they did not have the correct equipment.  When we met with Dr. Holyoak, he completed the procedure that same day with no problem whatsoever.  I am now bringing all three of my children to see him regularly.  Highly recommended.

Jason M. from Lamy, NM (Source: Yelp)


I’m getting my crowns made to order right here, right now! No more temporary crowns needed! Great practice, great staff, great experience! As a follow-up, because I had so much pain afterwards due to sensitive teeth, the staff were nice enough to drop off a prescription for me at my home without making me coming to pick it up which was above and beyond the call of duty and something really rare to see these days, I have nothing but respect for these great kind folks.

Donna G. from Encinitas, CA (Source: Yelp)


My whole family has been going to Dr. Holyoak for years. Just yesterday I had yet another awesome experience (whoever says that about a dentists office). I needed a crown, had no pain at all, and then in just a little over an hour I was out the door with a new crown, never a temporary!!!! Dr. Holyoak is the best!!!!  He is very professional, always friendly, and I never ever had a bad experience!  Its one thing to have an awesome dentist but I always look forward going to my appointments because they also have a fantastic staff.  Each and every one of them, from receptionist to hygenist and everyone who works on my teeth are professional, kind and welcoming, and very thorough.  I wouldn’t go anywhere else!!!!!!!!!

Myron D. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


My son and I have been patients for several years and this is the best office ever!  Dr. Holyoak has amazing skill and keeps us comfortable when doing dental work.  The Hygienist are excellent and my teeth feel so clean and smooth.  And, the office staff easily keeps us on track with appointments and payments.  This office is Highly recommended!   🙂

Daniel S. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


I had my first appointment today and everyone at Holyoak Dental is amazing. The staff is very thorough, fun and friendly! I enjoyed everything about my visit today and will be recommending your office to everyone I know. Thanks again!

Jeremiah O. from Carlsbad, CA (Source: Yelp)


Stop looking around and just make an appointment!  In addition to polite, caring assistants and staff, Dr. Holyoak was spot on with providing clear explanations, multiple options and effective solutions to my dental needs!  He embraces technology which allows he and his team to execute at a VERY high level.  5-Star sure!

Jennifer E. from Encinitas, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been going to Dr. Holyoak for several years. Unfortunately, broke a crown and was in a lot of pain. The staff worked to get me in ASAP, and I was out with a new crown in less than two hours. The staff are all so friendly and the Dr is professional but down to earth. They have never tried to sell me on a product or unneeded service. I highly recommend his office!!

Raj L. from Encinitas, CA (Source: Yelp)


Wow. Love the vibe of this place. Such friendly staff. Continuing to improve their practice. And I left today feeling like a car that just got a nice wash. My ‘vehicle’ is driving better today 🙂 Recommended place!

David F. from Carlsbad, CA (Source: Yelp)


In prep for a fairly complicated procedure, I needed Dr. H to check an extruded tooth. No set appointment other than “give us a call so we can work you in…” was made. I piggybacked on my wife’s cleaning and the doctor and staff treated me quickly, efficiently and I was in and out in less than 20 minutes. Great staff, great doctor, easy to do. Why can’t all my medical professionals work like this?!

Marie LaTorre (Source: Facebook)


I really appreciated the time and care spent on helping me. I am unusual in that I have long lasting effects from anesthesia. It means a lot to me to have a dentist that is comfortable about working on my mouth without anesthesia. I lost a very old crown and was truly afraid of looking for a new dentist after our dentist of 40 years retired. I am happy that we found Dr. Holyoak.

Nicole K. from Owings Mills, MD (Source: Yelp)


Yes yes yes. First, the front staff is super sweet and (seem) to love their jobs! If you don’t have great receptionist(s), your practice will not succeed. Well, compared to having awesome receptionists (kind,smiling(dentist hello),energetic…). Anywho, Dr. Holyoak’s assistant is great. Dental hygienist-great. They all have a great sense of humor and super kind. Dr.Holyoak himself is quick and effective and his personality is just the best. I came from Baltimore where the dentist was going to charge me $1,600 for fillings!!!! I moved to California and went to Dr. Holyoak who charged more than $1,000 less. Dentist can scan you in a heart beat if you’re a bit ignorant. Anywho, he’s the one to go to if you’re looking. You won’t be disappointed.

Cheryl P. from Carlsbad, CA (Source: Yelp)


Really stellar in every way.  We’ve been patients here for the  last year, and it has been wonderful.  Agree with other posters that front desk (Kelly) goes over and above to accommodate schedules, and is extremely helpful and knowledgeable about insurance.   Dr. Holyoak is truly one of the most honest, talented dentists I’ve met.  Just yesterday had an experience that confirmed this opinion.  I had a cracked front tooth that my previous dentist told me would cost $6,300 to repair.  Instead, Dr. Holyoak was able to do both front teeth for a small fraction of that cost, and I know they’ll be beautiful.

J. M. (Source: Google)


There hasn’t been ANY dental experience I would care to even write about, that wasn’t in the red somehow, but.. Scott and his team are the epitome of efficient and ooze professionalism, so effortlessly. The new office is great! This place should be winning awards for BEST dental interior, ever!  Doctor Holyoak’s previous place was great too, in its own right, and cozy. But now.. Pff! Now, his new spot feels so polished to me, spacious and puts many (if not all, and I’ve sampled many different dentists from SD to San Marcos, from 99-present) places to shame! From one area to the next, I couldn’t help myself from saying, wow or very, very nice indeed! A Beeeeeeeautiful new location with a relaxing atmosphere and most importantly, clean. Who in their right mind looks forward to a dental visit? Well, your in luck, because THIS is the place! Highly recommended, twice!

Sandy R. from Oceanside, CA (Source: Yelp)


I am a former patient of Dr. Holyoak and so glad I was able to make an appointment with him. He was just as kind and special as he was previously. His staff treated me very well and we actually laughed a few times which you don’t hear that often when you are at the Dentist. He will be my dentist as long as he is practicing. Thank you all for treating me special.

Greg D. from Oceanside, CA (Source: Yelp)


So nice to visit a dentist where you feel like you’re more with friends and family rather than a roomful of self-absorbed practitioners. Dr. Scott and the crew, as usual, make your visit enjoyable with the added bonus of making you feel like you are their ONLY patient. Colleen was fantastic in her cleaning duties. I’m stoked to have a dentist that treats patients with class. (Oops! Thought this was a YELP review) All true though!

Alan Bleiweiss (Source: Facebook)


I’ve had extensive work done by Dr. Holyoak and his team, that required several hours in multiple visits, and will be having more work done as I am able to. In spite of my fears, and limitations in having some of the work done without multiple, repeat breaks during the procedures, the Dr. and his team have been amazing. I can’t emphasize enough how grateful I am for the work done already.

Emily Q. from Encinitas, CA (Source: Yelp)


Coming from out of state, it had been a while since I had gotten my teeth cleaned.  I didn’t really know where to go, but trusting fellow yelpers and reviews online I decided to give EFD a go.   I was pleasantly surprised with their professionalism and personable personalities as well.  My teeth were cleaned beautifully and they managed to make the appointment almost fun! 🙂 Thank you EFD for your care! I will be referring my boyfriend Noah to youfor his next cleaning!!! 🙂

Donna G. from Encinitas, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Holyoak is truly the best dentist that I have ever had. He gave me veneers that look exactly like my teeth. I was amazed when he was done. Kathy is the best dental hygienist I have ever had. I feel like I have the cleanest teeth in town. From the time I walk in the door to be greeted by Kelly until I walk out the door , I feel that I have been cared for by top professionals. They are all truly amazing!!! I would not want to go anywhere else.  I gave them all five stars but I would give ten if I could. Other dental offices have treated me like a number but here I feel like a valuable person.

Rhonda C. from Oceanside, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Holyoak and his staff have exceeded all my expectations. They are genuine, caring, and provide a level of excellent care that is, sadly, very hard to find these days. I highly  recommended their practice to all! Thank you Dr.Holyoak for having such a  truly fine practice!  Sincerely, Rhonda C-S

Travis C. from Encinitas, CA (Source: Yelp)


I can’t say enough thanks to Scott and his team… I had to post this VERY BIG THANK U to Scott coming in on his day off for my “emergency” broken tooth from surfing big waves in Nicaragua.  And of all things it’s my bday weekend with friends and dinners.  Needless to say, I was so sad.   Scott answered my call within minutes and met me right away to repair my smile and bring me back.   Scott you’re one of kind my man!  Highly recommended!  Thank you thank you thank you and I hope you don’t mind the “day off photo” Really a good guy!  Thanks so much!

Bridget Z. from Newport Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


Very happy with Dr. Holyoak.  He’s not pushy, he’s always happy and upbeat.  After braces, I took our teenage kids to Holyoak for Invisalign retainers.  These are very nice to have to keep the teeth straight and also use for occasional bleaching.  I also had a (minimal) 6-tray Invisalign treatment to slightly move crowding lower teeth.  Very happy with the results. Great regular dental care and nice office.

Robin C. from Vista, CA (Source: Yelp)


My husband and I have gone to Dr. Holyoak for over five years and we highly recommend him and his staff. He is an excellent dentist and very friendly and fun person. Typically no one likes to go to the dentist because teeth are sensitive and many of the things we go for can be painful. I have had a number of issues with my teeth and I never experienced any pain or discomfort under Dr. Holyoak’s care or that of his wonderful staff.

Marie M. from Encinitas, CA (Source: Yelp)


I always have a pleasant experience every time I visit Holyoak Dental. To be honest, I never really associated the word “pleasant” with a visit to the dentist until now. From making an appointment, to getting a clear email confirmation and text reminder, meeting the friendly staff, and having Dr.Holyoak do his magic — every interaction has been positive. The waiting room itself feels like a spa when you walk in so you’ll immediately feel a bit more calm if you’re anxious to begin with. As a patient, you’ll feel comfortable, reassured, and you’ll be confident that they know what they’re doing. I haven’t written a review in the last year because my visits have only been focused on cleaning so far. But today was the real test: They had to do a crown (drilling old silver fillings out!) and it was painless. Zero! For someone with a very low threshold for pain especially with my bad teeth… I’m freakin impressed and I’m so happy they’re so close to my house! Thank you Holyoak Dental!:)

Stef I. from Encinitas, CA (Source: Yelp)


LOVE Dr Holyoak and his entire team! This is the only dentist my kids yell “hooray!” when I announce it’s time to go to the dentist lol. The front desk staff welcomes you as a friend and the techs are gentle and immediately put you at ease. I’ve moved around a lot and have had my share of various dental offices…this one is truly the best. Thank you!!

Sharon R. from Oceanside, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been a patient of Dr. Holyoak for many years now, and I happily drive over 30 minutes to his office because I trust him. He never tries to up sell me on something I don’t need, and he is always very cheerful and kind. Colleen did a great job of cleaning my teeth and making the visit enjoyable. I love visiting Dr. Holyoak’s office because I feel they take the time to get to know me as a person, not just a patient.

Mandy L. from La Costa, Carlsbad, CA (Source: Yelp)


This dentist happens to be within walking distance of my house and they take my insurance.  I had tried one other dentist in the area, but they were not awesome,so I was in search of a new one.  After my first dentist, I knew my teeth had found their new home. Admittedly, I had waited too long between appointments, but no worries, hygentist Kathy (Cathy?) fixed me right up and my teeth were sparkly clean after a visit.  It wasn’t exactly comfortable, but she was entertaining and held a one-sided conversation to keep my mind off the discomfort.  Dr. Holyoak is great too and very friendly.  I’ve had the unfortunate experience of having a cavitity filled, but it was very fast and great work.  I am usually sent home with a small travel kit, which is a nice bonus. They are always on time, within 5 minutes of my scheduled appointment, and very very thorough.  I highly recommend this dentist office.

Daniel Stevens (Source: Facebook)


I had my first appointment today and everyone at Holyoak Dental is amazing. The staff is very thorough, fun and friendly! I enjoyed everything about my visit today and will be recommending your office to everyone I know. Thanks again!

Jill J. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


I can’t compliment this place enough. What a great experience. I am one of the rare few who actually love going to the dentist but Dr Holyoak and his staff are pretty incredible – even for those who fear dentist visits. Here’s why: 1. Easy Booking: It is super easy to book an appt using the online booking system. I never have time to call and this allows you to do it on your own time. It helps you find available times and then sends you reminders and confirmations. 2. Friendly staff: Never have I been in a office that is not only friendly to patients but to each other. You can tell they are a work family and appreciate each other. I love seeing that…esp when metal objects are scraping my teeth. It’s comforting. 🙂 3. Professionalism: These guys know what they are doing. The cleaning went smoothly and I was really happy with the results. I did opt to get a whitening kit but I was going to ask about it anyway. I don’t feel like I was pressured to buy anything or get any procedure done that was not necessary. I am looking forward to my next appt in 6 months with my new white teeth!

Enid S. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


Had an absolutely wonderful dental experience with Dr. Holyoak.   He works with care, efficiency, dexterity and skill!  The staff is equally competent and kind.  I was surprised and moved by his follow-up call to find out how I was doing after the procedure.  I was grateful, too, for his generosity in working within my budget for this dental work.  Noteworthy as well is the fact that I have never had much of a wait in their office which reflects organization and respect for patients’ time.


We are dedicated to providing you with a pleasant visit and results that you're proud to show off. Our administrative staff is ready to help you with questions about scheduling, financial policy and insurance, to make that part of the process as simple as possible. Today's advanced dental treatments and materials can make a real difference, and the skill, experience, and commitment of our practice -- using a unique combination of science and artistry -- can literally redesign your smile. Even a subtle change in your smile helps you to project an image of self-confidence and high personal esteem. When you feel good about yourself, it shows in your appearance. We can now give you the smile you want. Dr. Scott Holyoak grew up in Arizona and studied at Brigham Young University and Arizona State University. He graduated in 2004 from The University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, one of the top dental schools in the United States. Since graduating he has practiced in San Clemente and Carlsbad. He is married and has three young boys and enjoys spending time with his family and watching them grow. Dr. Holyoak is active serving his church and community, and is an avid outdoorsman. Dr. Holyoak prefers proven and safe procedures and is current with all advancing dental sciences. He is always seeking new knowledge and ways to improve his practice of dentistry. Dr. Holyoak is always striving to have the most gentle touch possible, while providing precision and quality dental care. This includes cosmetic and esthetic dentistry, endodontics and implants, as well as pediatrics and orthodontics. Personally, I really enjoy the amazing history of Encinitas Family Dentistry. The practice was established almost 35 years ago and has always been an Encinitas favorite. It used to be in downtown Encinitas but moved to Santa Fe Drive across for San Dieguito Academy in the early 80's. I have owned the practice for only a short time, but the loyalty of the patients is astounding. Encinitas Family Dentistry is where a lot of people remember going from the time they were in preschool. The feeling of walking into the reception room is like walking into a close freind's living room where you can curl up on the couch and enjoy some music and a good book. While Encinitas itself has grown and changed, the warm hometown feel of Encinitas Family Dentistry continues to be a constant. I have introduced some exciting technology into the dental practice--such as digital X-rays, same-day permanent crowns, proper mercury filling removal techniques-- to help everyone enjoy dental health for life.