Kelly McDonough Dentistry
Kelly McDonough, DDS:
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Kelly McDonough Dentistry
Kelly McDonough, DDS
Dana Point, CA







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

Dental cleaning

White fillings


Inlays & onlays


Pediatric dental care


Clear aligners

Porcelain veneers

Teeth whitening

Dentures & partials

Root canal treatment

Tooth extraction

Sedation dentistry

TMJ treatment

Sleep apnea therapy

Dental implants


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes


Monday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesday: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Thursday: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Friday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm (by appointment only)

Sunday: Closed





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

Chris Anastasio (Source: Google)


I have been with Dr. Kelly since he started in Dana Point, more than 20 years ago. At 81 years old, I have been to many dentists in my lifetime. Never have I ever felt so at home with his staff and had such great care. I have been through tooth pulling and root canals with him. There is no one that I have ever met who does it so smoothly and painless as Dr. McDonough. I have recommended him to many of my friends and they were all very happy there.
Thank you Dr. Kelly and your staff. I love you all.
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Lee Anne S. from Laguna Niguel, CA (Source: Yelp)


My family has been seeing Dr. McDonough for many years.  His work has always been stellar.  He calls the evening following tough fillings to make sure you are OK.  Today I had several front teeth spiffed up.  They were ragged and a bit chipped.  I had hesitated and finally decided to bite the bullet.  They look 30 yrs younger!  I’m euphoric and can’t stop smiling!  He is not only concerned about fixing the medical portion but the look/shape of your teeth as well.  He will explain thoroughly the plan so you understand.  My husband is phobic so they have had their hands full with him but he sings their praises.  His staff has been there forever and are all friendly, kind and professional.  Ask for Terry for cleanings!

Pete T. from Laguna Niguel, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have to say Dr.McDonough  always has his patients best interest a heart! My son is home from college for only the weekend and told me his back tooth was broken off. He was dealing with it for a few weeks but it was really bothering him, not to mention the infection factor. I called Dr. McDonough’s office first thing this morning and the front office staff was so concerned and kind  ( as they always are when I call). My son was able to see Dr.McDonough today !!! Even though it was the doctors DAY OFF, Dr. McDonough came in to see my son and take care of his tooth today! And now he can go back to school without pain and the potential for a tooth infection (…).

Lynn Conlan (Source: Facebook)


Very patient, along with great skills! It is not easy to match one front tooth crown to the teeth next to it, but, Dr McDonough did!!!

Caroline D. from Mission Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr Kelly McDonough and his entire staff are exceptional.  Dr Kelly has been our dentist for 30 years.   Our son and his family are now going to Dr Kelly.   We have NEVER had a problem with his work or anyone in the office.  It is so comforting to know I can trust him with his recommendations and his exceptional dentistry.   His personal attention to his patients includes a phone call just to make sure the procedure was successful.
We are very thankful to call him our dentist.

Susan Harvey (Source: Google)

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Best dentist I have ever had! For the first time in my life I was offered a lower-cost option for a dental problem. Dr McDonough is professional yet makes you feel welcome along with every staff member on his team. Vicki cleaned my teeth yesterday and did an amazing job – gentle yet thorough. My husband who hates to go to the dentist no longer complains and is equally impressed. Oh, and just for added enjoyment, every chair looks over the ocean. How can you beat that? Thank you Dr McDonough and staff.

Debbie A. from San Clemente, CA (Source: Yelp)


I highly recommend Dr Kelly, his wonderful staff and the beautiful and calming ocean view. He is ethical, honest and informative. He explains things in a way that is easy to understand. I think I should bring a sleeping bag and look out their windows 24/7!

Chris A. from Mission Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


My family and I have been going to Dr. McDonough’s office for decades and highly recommend his work. Always pleasant with a skilled dental staff, his work holds up against the test of time, wear and the occasional popcorn kernel. Dr. McDonough always offers treatment options with a calm demeanor and wealth of information and supports your choices. All of his patient chairs have a peaceful view of green grass and blue ocean so even the most nervous patient has a Zen view to breathe into. And his front office maven, Debbie, does her best to squeeze you in whenever an however she can so you feel cared for. Whether you need a cleaning or a crown, I recommend Dr. McDonough.

Jenn Johnson (Source: Google)


Have had a great experience with Dr. McDonough for many years. Everyone is wonderful and kind in the office. Very personable staff. Beautiful location.

Edna Miller (Source: Google)


Hygienist Sandy is absolutely marvelous!! Have been going to Dr. McDonough for 17 years. Five stars for this dentist and hygienist.

Chuck D. from Irvine, CA (Source: Yelp)


(…) The entire experience at the office comes across as if the people there genuinely care and are engaged in what they are doing–Debbie at the front desk is extremely helpful and friendly and I’ve always left the office totally understanding the work and charges done–never had a surprise.  My dental hygienist Shelly is wonderful and so clearly knows what she is doing it really puts me at ease.
I did eventually have Dr. McDonough take care of my one trouble spot with a filling.  Everything went totally smoothly and after years in and out of various dentist’s offices around Orange County, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind Dr. McDunough is among the best of the best dentists in the region.

Alex Krall (Source: Google)


Great dentist and a very kind staff. Dr. McDonough is very good at what he does. I always have a pleasant experience, and feel that I am in good hands no matter who is cleaning my teeth. Gotta love the ocean view too! Highly recommend

Jane C. from Dana Point, CA (Source: Yelp)


(…) What I love about Dr. McDonough is that he even calls you the evening of your treatment to make sure you are doing OK. He is also conservative and isn’t trying to push you to do unnecessary work as previous dentists have. When I told him I wanted to remove all my old metal fillings he didn’t think it was necessary, but when I insisted, he agreed to do it.

I have to say over the past year my fear of dentists is gone. While it’s not my favorite thing to do, I don’t mind going to Dr. McDonough and his team. I have to agree with other comments here about how helpful and great Debbie is and I also am very appreciative for Selfa who assists Dr. McDonough with his treatments. He really runs a very pleasant, upbeat office and you can tell the team all want to be there.

Sue Revilla (Source: Google)


Absolutely the best, I’ve always had the best service from all the staff. Doctor Kelly is so kind and makes sure your experience there is comforting and always follows up on his work. I’ve recommended him many times and everyone says the same, just the best!

Jeff L. from Lawrence, NY (Source: Yelp)


Dr McDonough is the best! I had an emergency situation while on vacation in Laguna beach.  Not only did he respond via text late at night that he should be able to see me the next day,  but he cleared an appointment to get me in first thing in the morning.   On top of all that he is an amazing practitioner!!! Highly highly recommended!

Caroline Doody (Source: Google)

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Our entire family puts our trust in Dr Kelly McDonough and his staff. We were fortunate enough to meet Dr. McDonough when we first moved to Southern California in 1984. He and his staff are amazing people. Dr Kelly is one of the most skilled and kind dentist we have ever worked with. The ocean view is amazing but if the dentistry and staff weren’t as exceptional as they are it wouldn’t be worth it.

Scott S. from Laguna Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been coming here with my family for many years and here’s what I love: 1) ocean view, 2) incredibly well run business, 3) excellent use of technology on appointment reminders, etc, 4) friendly and knowledgable staff from the moment you walk in, and from Dr. McDonough to every person you meet.  Excellent customer experience…at the dentist for crying out loud.  Highly recommend.

Rose White (Source: Facebook)


I highly recommend Dr. Kelly Mc Donough for your dental needs. He is gentle handed and very precise. His office staff and all the hygienists are professional and friendly.

Mike Peralta (Source: Facebook)


Dr. Kelly has done a wonderful job as well as Sandy my dental hygienist. The administrator Debbie is a true professional. Highly recommend this dental Health care center. Can’t go wrong

Perrie Naides (Source: Google)


Dr. McDonough and his staff have provided me and my family with excellent dental care for over 10 years. I can’t recommend his practice more highly.

Teresa W. (Source: Google)


Doctor Kelly McDonough is great! He genuinely cares about his patients and their comfort & well-being, and his staff couldn’t be nicer or more helpful.

N. D. from Henderson, NV (Source: Yelp)


(…) I went to my appointment and was immediately greeted by Debbie at the front desk.  Super friendly and made me feel comfortable from the start. She gave me a tour of the office so I understood the whole practice. The Dr. was great and explained every aspect of what he was going.  Plus you can’t beat the view of the ocean from the chair.  My hygienist was Sandy and she was helpful as well. She explained everything and let me know what welters I needed to keep better care.  
This is really a great practice that makes going to the dentist a breeze.

Betsy Blakeslee (Source: Google)


Our Favorite Family Dentist. Dr. McDonough Gives Great Attention and care to all of our family teeth. Great Personnel and dental Hygienists surrounded by beautiful ocean views. All state of the art equipment and it makes it easy going to the dentist. Highly Recommend :)))))

Tony A. from San Juan Capistrano, CA (Source: Yelp)


I absolutely love getting my teeth cleaned at Dr. McDonough’s office.  Not only do they greet me with a friendly warm touch, my hygienist Sandy is the best.  She goes above and beyond by checking the glands around my neck, my tongue & jaw for cancer.  
I recommend Dr. Kelly McDonough and his staff to anyone looking for OUTSTANDING service!!!

Paul Kalfell (Source: Google)


Highly recommend! First, let me just say I am terrified of going to the dentist. I haven’t been to a dentist since my last one (whom I liked) retired 10 years ago. Needed to be seen for a broken tooth and Dr. McDonough was local and had great reviews.
Got me in that day and Dr. McDonough and his entire staff were absolutely great! Dr. McDonough was patient, explained everything and the experience was painless! I’ve already made my appointment for my next visit! My wife can’t believe it. Highly recommend.

Kathryn Fitzgerald (Source: Google)

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Dr. Kelly McDonough is a great local dentist in Dana Point. Very fair and honest. Love his dental hygienists as well. Beautiful view too!

B. B. from Middletown, NJ (Source: Yelp)


Great caring gentle dentists! Always explains the status of the exam and makes you feel comfortable. His hygienists are also gentle and every time I leave my teeth feel great! Also beautiful views of the ocean to view while you relax getting your teeth done! Great place to go if you need a dentist!

Charles Prieve (Source: Google)


Dr. McDonough has a professional staff who efficiently deliver excellent dental work and who treat the patient as if family. Dr. McDonough is a very knowledgeable and experienced dentist. I’ve been a patient of his for about 25 years and would never consider another dentist (…). I highly recommend his office.

Cathy Dorsey (Source: Facebook)


Dr. McDonough is extremely Professional. My children and I have been patients for 23 years and highly recommend. We have beautiful teeth!

Jen P. from Irvine, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr McDonough and his staff are wonderful. Debbie is so helpful every time I call her to make an appointment, switch an appointment, or ask questions about my insurance. She is very knowledgeable and goes the extra mile when I need to know what my insurance will or won’t cover. I’ve had cleanings with all 3 of the hygienists and they are all very good: thorough, gentle, and friendly. Dr McDonough is very attentive, as is his assistant. He listens to my concerns and remembers any special requests from one visit to the next. All of his equipment is clean and up-to-date. After multiple fillings and cleanings, I am very confident in the recommendations and work done by Dr McDonough.
My nerves about visiting the dentist have completely vanished thanks to Dr McDonough and his staff. If you’re looking for a great dentist, this office will not disappoint. The drive from Irvine is worth it!

Marcia Schulte (Source: Google)

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Been going to Dr. McDonough for years. He’s the best dentist! Thorough, professional. My husband goes to him too!! Highly recommend him. The office is beautiful. Fabulous staff. Friendly & efficient. Love my hygentist, Shelley! Very thorough, fast. Debbie at front reception is always friendly and knowledgeable.
This is an overall great office.

Kevin O’Sullivan (Source: Google)


I have been going to Dr Kelly McDonough for several years. Staff is highly qualified, friendly and do a great job! I recently had a root canal fail. Dr McDonough opened up the office just to help me. Unbelievable service!


Dr McDonough is a California native. He grew up in Hacienda Heights and attended Stanford University, graduating in 1980 with a degree in Economics. Upon graduation, he entered the USC School of Dentistry to pursue a career in dentistry. Dr McDonough has 34 years of experience and has been in Dana Point since 1988. His philosophy is to treat his patients with the highest quality care in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere, and to have patients and their families become part of his practice family. He treats patients of all ages, from 3 to 103. He excels in all phases of treatment, and specializes in helping patients achieve a beautiful smile through whitening, bonding or veneers. Dr McDonough strives to maintain a practice that brings glory and honor to the Lord. He feels blessed to have such a talented and caring staff to meet the needs of patients, and he and his staff welcome new patients that seek exceptional, comfortable and caring dental treatment. Our dental team is committed to excellent patient service, offering individualized care to each patient who comes through our doors. In a relaxing open-air environment with beautiful ocean views, we utilize the latest technology, including a cone beam scanner and digital x-rays, to care for individuals and families, helping them to achieve their individual oral health goals. Give us a call today to learn what McDonough Family Dental can do for you!

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