La Paz Dentistry
Dean (Daiju) Tanaka, DDS:
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La Paz Dentistry
Dean (Daiju) Tanaka, DDS
Laguna Hills, CA













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

Dental cleaning

White fillings


Inlays & onlays


Dental implants

Clear aligners

Porcelain veneers

Teeth whitening

Dentures & partials

Root canal treatment

Tooth extraction

Sedation dentistry

TMJ treatment


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes


Monday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Tuesday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Wednesday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Thursday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Friday: Closed

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





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

Lourdes Adair (Source: Google)


La Paz Dentistry is the best! They recently had a fire in their building and have had to find temporary quarters, but even with this adverse situation they are still providing excellent service. Dr. Tanaka, Lee, Lorraine, Khirra, and everyone at the front office exemplify excellence in customer service and their profession. I have been going to La Paz Dentistry for almost 30 years and gave never been disappointed. Dr. Tanaka recently gave my smile a makeover and I can honestly say I haven’t stopped smiling since!! Thank you!!

Deana Wolverton (Source: Facebook)


My good friend recommended this place to me and I went because I totally trust her. It was beyond my expectation. The staff is super friendly. The place is equipped with state of the art equipment. I had a squeaky clean teeth cleaning job done. Really happy with this place. I saw Dr Dean Tanaka about implant replacement and re- bone graft. He was so kind and knowledgeable and very patient. I look forward to making this my long term Dentist. Great experience! Thanks to Dr Tanaka and all the staff for your expertise and professionalism.

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


I absolutely love Dr. Tanaka. He is extremely precise, gentle, and overall does amazing work! Prior to finding Dr. Tanaka I had many problems with crowns breaking, fillings popping out, etc. I am pleased to say that everything he has done for me throughout the years has lasted beautifully and I am looking forward to my next appointment. How many Dentists can you say that about?

Theresa Sharp (Source: Google)


Dr Tanaka and staff were very nice for my first visit. I really felt like they listened to my concerns and he took extra time to discuss my issues and options with me. I recommend this office for anyone who wants to discuss their needs and options instead of just having the standard of care pushed on them.

Annette S. Mission Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been going to the same hygienist at La Paz Dentistry for years! Tricia is always on time, she knows my history and over the years we’ve established a friendship. Dr Tanaka is my dentist and he’s always friendly.  The office is friendly and professional.

Sia Rabbani (Source: Google)


I absolutely love everyone in this place. They greet you with a smile, they are always helpful and knowledgeable. I see Dr. Tanaka who is the best; caring and creative and always finding a way to do it right, and Trish who has my best interest in mind.
Thank you everyone!!

Shari G. from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (Source: Yelp)


I came in for a (…)teeth whitening deal and was extremely impressed with this practice. Not only am I very happy with my results, but the efficient and timely way the office was run was amazing and the staff, especially the dental assistant and the dr were very nice, helpful, and genuinely cared about my experience.

John Saltonstall (Source: Google)


I have been going here for 15 years. Very helpful staff. I like Dr Tanaka. He does great work. He always guarantees his work and fixes any problems.

Marge Cunningham (Source: Facebook)


Debbie, my hygienist is great, very thorough, gentle & patient. Highly recommend her.
Also, Dr Tanaka is wonderful! Very patient, caring & takes the time to explain & answer questions. Also I very gentle when performing procedures. Highly recommend! Thanks Doc & staff.

George W. from Trabuco Canyon, CA (Source: Yelp)


I just switched (…)dentist to LA Paz Dentistry. I found Dr. Dean Tanaka has highly recommended by other patients on (the internet), after me and my wife had a consultation with Dr. Tanaka and (partner dentist) did some Dentistry services for us. I found they both very caretaking and responsive to his patients. Our referred customers also felt they are very attentive dentists.

George Walintukan (Source: Google)


Dr. Tanaka & his Doctors teams are friendly, helpful on patients concerns: Financial, knowledge of treatment procedures; flexible on the choices he offered patients who could decide by themselves, no pressures.
First of anythings else, Dr. Tanaka’s professional dentistry skills surpasses other dentists I ever visited. Me and my wife love to have Dr. Tanaka on providing our dentures treatment services. We are in good hands!

Joe M. from Riverside, CA (Source: Yelp)


Recently I had work done by Dr. Tanaka.  Yesterday I pulled up at a campus security access point and the first thing they said to me was “now that is a million dollar smile.”
Thank you, La Paz Dentistry!!

Chad Smith (Source: Google)


Love this place! Kind and caring, they just want you healthy and happy. Dr. Tanaka is very conscious of your well being and will go out of his way to make sure you are comfortable.

Joyce J. from Mission Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been going here for years and I have to say that it is the best!  Dr. Tanaka is great and when I wanted a second opinion, Dr. Wodiske was right there.  The staff is very friendly, nice, helpful and responsive to needs.  IMO, the hygienist is also the VIP in any dental office and my sincere compliments to Janine who is hands down the best hygienist ever.  She is very nice, thorough and detailed.  Also, very helpful and knowledgeable.

Cat T. from Dana Point, CA (Source: Yelp)


La Paz Dentistry has been my dental office since 2003 — .  all my experiences have been extremely satisfactory

I spend part of the year in another state and use another dentist — sharing the records back and forth has been easy.  Everyone is accommodating

HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend this professional, efficient and friendly practice.

Evelyn Santiago (Source: Google)


(…)I’m so happy and contented with all of their works on my teeth. From bridges, to implants and Dr . Tanaka was able to fix my teeth that are moving. Which other dentists opted to pull out. With my hygienist , Ms Debbie , and Dr Tanaka my oral health is fantastic. I seldom have strong palpitations now. From the dentists’ assistants to their receptionists all are very gracious. And the cost of their dental works are very reasonable.

Pat Morgen (Source: Google)


It’s more than 10 years now that I’ve been a patient at La Paz Dentistry and so you can probably figure out that I have only complimentary things to say about the entire Staff there and, specifically, Dr. Tanaka. I’ve been to many dentists in my lifetime, but I have yet to find a more professional, proficient, and empathetic dentist than Dr. Tanaka. His knowledge of complex dental issues is impressive and he proceeds cautiously and in confidence with every procedure. Kudos to Dr. Tanaka for his honest, caring and expert dentistry!

Kevin Faunce (Source: Facebook)


I have been coming here for 20 years. Very friendly and fair. They are genuinely concerned for the health of their patients.
Highly recommend! Thanks Tritia and Dr Tanaka!

Sheryn DeCair (Source: Facebook)


Dr. Tanaka and the staff at La Paz Dentistry are amazing! I was so worried about pain but he is so gentle there was no pain and I had three difficult cavities to fill they are wonderful and I will always recommend them.

Jeff H. from Mission Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


The staff is top notch! I feel like I am an important and valued patient when I go there to have any procedure done, whether it’s a cleaning, x-rays or crowns/fillings they are very thorough. You can tell the level of training done here is high quality. The dentists are outstanding, they make you feel comfortable and at ease. The overall level of care at La Paz Dentistry seems much higher here than other places I have been in the past. I highly recommend this office for any dental needs.


After receiving his dental degree from the University of California, Los Angeles Dental School, Dr. Dean Tanaka completed a two-year general dentistry hospital residency at Sepulveda Hospital VA in Los Angeles, where he received extensive training in oral surgery, endodontics, periodontics, removable prosthodontics, and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Tanaka has taken many hours of continuing education courses at the prestigious Seattle Institute and the Pankey Institute. He seeks to provide quality service and support to each patient. Dr. Tanaka is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and the Orange County Dental Society. Dr. Tanaka loves the awesome team and the patients he helps at La Paz Dentistry. Outside the office, Dr. Tanaka loves to play with his kids and golf. The USA Ryder Cup is his favorite sports event.