Mesa Dental
Walter Dukes, DDS:
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Mesa Dental
Walter Dukes, DDS
Santa Barbara, 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 4:30 pm

Tuesday: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Wednesday: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Thursday: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Friday: 7:00 am to 1:00 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





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

Fran F. from Santa Barbara, CA (Source: Yelp)


This is an addenum to an earlier review. Today I went back to Mesa Dental for some much needed filling repair work. If I could raise my rating, I would! Everything was very efficient and well-organized. The numbing was painless and effective, and I was very comfortable throughout the procedure. I even got to choose what close-captioned program I wanted to view while the work was being done. This was the most positive experience I have even had with dental work. (and I have had plenty!)

Fran F (Source: Google)


I saw Dr. Dukes and his staff for an initial exam today – and have never been more impressed by a dental practice. The the facility is beautiful – clean, spacious, and very much following all COVID protocols. The staff were very warm and welcoming, my hygienist Cecelia was extremely thorough and yet gentle, and Dr. Dukes, in addition to being kindly and empathetic, has a stellar background in many facets of dental health management, including TMJ, orofacial pain and other issues. I am very happy that I discovered this hidden gem of a practice. Addendum: I went back today for some much needed filling repair work. If I could raise my rating, I would! This was the most positive experience I have ever had with dental work. (and I have had plenty!)

Nancy M. from Carpinteria, CA (Source: Yelp)


Amy is back! My teeth feel so clean and sparkle because of Amy’s hard work and great care for my dental needs. I get to relax and enjoy getting my teeth cleaned. The team at Dr. Dukes’ office is so friendly, professional and go the extra mile to make me feel safe and comfortable in these Covid-19 concerning days. Being a sleep apnea patient, I get the best care and check up on my appliance which helps me sleep soundly and dream once again. Dr. Dukes knows his stuff and I especially appreciate his knowledge on sleep disorders. There is no one better. I appreciate the visit today and get to leave with a goodie bag with all the essentials; tooth brush, floss, toothpaste and a ticket to my next visit! I feel well cared for and in expert hands. Thank you Team Dukes.

Sarah R. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


So happy I found Dr. Dukes and his office! I moved to Santa Barbara a few years ago and was overdue to find a new dentist. After trying two other dentists and having bad experiences, a friend referred me here. Dr. Dukes was professional, knowledgable, and answered all my questions about what the previous dentists had told me. The front desk was friendly and a huge help in understanding my insurance. It’s difficult to find a new dentist, and there are a lot of them out there who will push expensive work that doesn’t actually need to be done. This visit reminded me what it’s like to feel at ease and informed.

Paul Campbell (Source: Google)


I had to be numbed a few times to ensure no pain for a laser surgery on my gums. This was not the fault of the dentist since I have a low threshold for pain at the dentist office. He did do several checkups before and during the procedure to see how I was doing. Dr. Dukes has an excellent since of humor and he was/is a very caring Dentist. He was patient, kind and explained everything thoroughly. I will be going back to finish the work that is needed to have healthy teeth and gums.

Dick G. from Newport Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


With a week remaining before heading out on a road trip, I found myself with a tooth that needed immediate attention.  Dr. Dukes’ office miraculously found a spot for me, diagnosed my problem and immediately worked some magic to have a root canal done locally the same day.  That’s better than first class service.  I have been going to Mesa Dental for many years.  I now live in Newport Beach but drive up to Santa Barbara for my all dental work…well worth the drive.  The staff at Mesa Dental is knowledgeable, friendly and attentive.  I highly recommend Dr. Dukes and Mesa Dental.

Joanne B. from Austin, TX (Source: Yelp)


I had a crown come off while in between travels! I was a first-time patient, but the friendly staff treated me as though I was a regular, long time client! The office is attractively furnished, and welcoming! My issues were quickly and efficiently assessed and I was able to get and appointment for a regular exam and a teeth cleaning the next day due to a cancellation. I was also referred out to an Oral Surgeon for further care. Thanks Dr.Dukes, and Staff! I will definitely become a regular patient for an every 6 month check-up!!

Premi Subramanian (Source: Google)


My dental hygienist, Secilia, is superb. She is not only very professional and extremely efficient, but she also ensures that I am comfortable and at ease during my procedure. We often engage in conversation, which serves as a big distraction from the discomfort of the treatment. I strongly recommend Mesa Dental.

Christine Payne (Source: Google)


Overall a very pleasant experience. However, I was not greeted in a very friendly manner by one of the ladies in reception. I would have let this pass except the person after me was greeted warmly. It was early morning so perhaps the lady had already had a difficult start to her day. I have been a patient with Dr. Dukes for about five years and if asked, I would highly recommend him.

Eric A. from Encino, Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr Dukes has been my dentist for many years. I can’t imagine going to any other dentist. Over the years his staff and he has been wonderful, gracious, professional and they do great work. Two crowns, a cap, invisalign, and an entire family have been well looked after by Dr. Dukes and his staff. Great Office atmosphere, very modern equipment and they are very progressive.

Marley H. from Santa Barbara, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Dukes is in a convenient and accessible location, has super friendly office staff, and a quality team of hygienists. The medical tools and equipment are all state-of-the art, and the environment is clean and comfortable as well. The staff does a great job explaining various problems along with best practices so you can feel confident incorporating good habits into your routine.

Benjamin Tuinei (Source: Google)


Dr. Dukes performed live changing sleep dentistry on me! My wife is most happy about the changes in my sleep habits an we are both truly grateful for the work Dr. Dukes performed on me. I highly recommend him for his expertise in sleep medicine as well as all aspects of general dentistry. He’s definitely one of the best dentists out there!

Lindsey B. from Santa Barbara, CA (Source: Yelp)


I found this office after searching for a dentist on the mesa and after reading their hilarious website about the dentist that hated the dentist I knew I had to check it out.  Throughout my first everyone was very kind and explained all of my treatment and insurance to me so I understood everything and didn’t pressure me at all.  I had a pretty bad experience in town so even after this great first visit I was really dreading coming back for my next appointment to get a crown.  Everything went so well and I was so comfortable (massage chairs and ocean view– what’s not to love?!) and they even made my crown in the office so I wouldn’t need to come back for a second trip.  The whole appointment only took me an hour and a half!  I’m so glad I found this place and I’ll definitely be referring everyone!

Jay R. from Santa Barbara, CA (Source: Yelp)


The company I work for offers, in my opinion, substandard dental care. After using several of their allowed dentists, I had a bad taste in my mouth, so to speak. My wife recommended her dentist, Dr. Dukes, who is not on the list for my company insurance. After visiting Dr. Dukes for an assessment, I was impressed, and I have since actually paid out of pocket for a string of procedures, with no regrets. I would rather have a good set of teeth than collect on so-called insurance “benefits”.  Dr. Dukes is skillful and fastidious about his work, and it is nearly pain-free; he wants everything to be the way it *should* be. He has corrected several problems resulting from my visits to substandard dentists linked to my company insurance. He is personable and interested in his patients, and his staff are always friendly and helpful. His office is clean and comfortable, with amenities such as personal music listening and television on the ceiling. I highly recommend Dr. Dukes!

Nancy W. from Santa Barbara, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have had a couple of extremely bad dental experiences in the past, so I was very anxious when I went into Dr. Dukes’s office to get some ancient fillings replaced, as both he and my previous dentist had recommended.  He and his staff were very patient in calming my fears, and lo and behold, due to their efforts there was exactly NO pain.  Not the most pleasant experience? No, of course, nobody wants a drill in her mouth.  But again, there was absolutely no pain involved .  Both Dr. Dukes and his staff took the time to explain what they were doing, when they were going to do it, and why (after completely physically numbing me to pain) which really took the edge off my anxieties.  I’ll go back for the second round of replacement fillings with equanimity.  Well, almost.  It does take a little while to get over a 30-year phobia.

Nasha H. from Santa Barbara, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr Dukes and is staff is immensely helpful in many ways. The explain the billing, they get you in quickly, they refer you out if it’s a procedure that can’t be done at their office-and make the appointment for you-, they do great work and the entire staff is awesome. I first went to Dukes because  it was a few blocks from my house but now I’d never see anyone else even if we moved off the Mesa.

Kar R. from Santa Barbara, CA (Source: Yelp)


I was able to go in and get my teeth cleaned which is good because I just for my braces off and couldn’t wait to get them all scales up and polished! It hurt a lot because I haven’t been very careful with flossing )threading the floss thru braces is so hard for me! But my Hygenist was patient and calm and really showed me carefully and well how to take better care… I thought she was a dentist until my mom told me Dr Dukes was the only dentist there. I go back on 6 months and plan to have no cavities again. And forever! Thank you everyone for making my visit so fast and easy and of course safe ( my mom told me to say that! ). PRS

Katrina Steinmetz (Source: Google)


Mesa Dental (and Dr. Dukes specifically) was highly recommended to me by the specialist who determined I have sleep apnea. I’d heard from a handle of people with sleep apnea who swear by their a cumbersome, hard-to-clean machine every night. Dr. Dukes used amazing technology and skill to create what looks like an upper & lower mouth guard. They’re super-easy to care for & travel with. Treating the sleep apnea introduced me to Mesa Dental, and I’m so glad to find it to take care of my teeth like regular check-ups. From the moment you enter the waiting room, to during the process, everyone is friendly and warm. I imagine it would be a good place for kids too, because they all just make everyone feel comfortable. PS- I hope you snag the exam room with the ocean view on a clear day…

Nancy Willstatter (Source: Google)


Terrific experience as always. I’d broken a couple of front teeth at least a year ago, but since it was the middle of the pandemic, I put off going in. I put up with the jagged edges all this time – then went in the other day and Dr. Dukes fixed the problem in less than half an hour. It felt as safe as ever to be there, and both I and my poor sore tongue wish I’d gone in months ago.

Matthew J. from Westside, Santa Barbara, CA (Source: Yelp)


Really safe, organized, professional, kind, quick, efficient, was in and out within 25-30 min, and in time for my next meeting. Everyone was super nice and kind, I had given old insurance info by accident, but they gracefully caught the errors, ran two scenarios of the billing, explained it all nicely, and handled it all very politely and with thoughtfulness behind it. As a bonus now I save money, so overall very impressed!!!!!!!

Catherine W. from Santa Barbara, CA (Source: Yelp)


At age 61, I have met several dentists and Dr. Dukes is the best ever! The suggestions he and his team have made over the past 15 years have improved both my dental health and my overall health. He is always extending his training and knowledge about so many aspects of human health, and is full of wisdom.

Ruben H. from Fort Worth, TX (Source: Yelp)


I really enjoyed my dental experience with Dr. Dukes today.  I was a little apprehensive at first with COVID and all but they tool all the precautions that made me feel very safe.  I appreciate the efficiency and the professionalism that is always displayed when I visit.  I would definitely recommend Dr. Dukes to anyone who is looking for a knowledgeable staff and AWESOME dentist who cares about his patients.

Jennifer V. from Santa Barbara, CA (Source: Yelp)


I finally found my dentist.  Dr. Dukes is extremely professional and also very relaxed.  I feel comfortable when I am there.   I have my teeth cleaned regularly and the hygiene staff is terrific.  I’ve had a couple major procedures done with Dr. Dukes and each time– I leave the office feeling so good about the quality of work.   Top notch dentist!

Chris Wagy (Source: Google)


Dr. Dukes has been my dentist for over 10 years and he’s the best. My teeth were in bad shape back then. I’ve had 2 implants and a crown done by Dr. Dukes and they have been fantastic. I remember the procedures being fast and pain management was excellent Regular appointments have always been right on time. Office staff and hygienists always make me feel well taken care of.

D D. from Costa Mesa, CA (Source: Yelp)


Another five-star rating for Dr.Dukes and his fabulous dental staff, especially Cecilia who is personable and professional and always sensitive to my jaw issues- I don’t know how she can clean my teeth as perfectly as she does with my mouth open at “half mast”. Thank you again Dr.Dukes and Cecilia for taking such good care of my needs!!!

Jaime E. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


I only recently started coming to see Dr Dukes for my issue with sleep apnea. From the very beginning, the staff was great. They spent time to inform me of everything we were doing and what to expect along the way. I’ve had 3 visits to date in regards to my dental device and have been wowed but the level of service. After today’s visit, I have decided to make Mesa Dental my dental provider of choice. Thank you to the team! I look forward to my next visit. Jaime

Terri D. from Goleta, CA (Source: Yelp)


I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and needed a prosthetic mouth piece made for me to wear at night. My physician referred me to Dr. Duke. I felt  apprehensive and embarrassed seeing a new dentist because my teeth look like they belong to a crocodile. I prepared myself for a lecture, but instead, after asking me a few questions, Dr. Duke explained my past medical problems contributed to my tooth decay and not my own neglect. No guilt trips or lectures. I received supportive and informative information. Next month is November and open enrollment for my dental care insurance plan. I will be changing dentist. Thank-you Dr. Duke!  And yes I agree with other reviewers. He is interesting to talk to and has great sense of humor!

Princess M. from Chicago, IL (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been going to Doctor Dukes for many years. He is a very kind man. His office is great and the staff is very courteous and thorough. Kayla just helped me make an appointment today for June 17 and I was nervous to do this but she really helped me a lot today. Than you so much for always taking care of my teeth so well. Can’t wait to get my teeth cleaned!

Madeleine Bear (Source: Google)


Dr Dukes has been my dentist for at least 20 yrs. I don’t have great teeth and I came to him with a lot of problems. I found him fast and efficient and pain free. His work holds up over time. I’ve been to plenty of dentists in my time and they were good . But Dr Dukes is incredibly knowledgeable, his skill level is way beyond the others. He keeps up on the cutting edge of dentistry. But best of all Dr Dukes pulls out all the stops for his patients. He’ll save a tooth and or solve a pain problem while others can’t. Also his fees is competitive and you will get so much more for the money. Dr Dukes is a super dentist. His staff are first rate too.

Bonnie Bonfanti (Source: Google)


Dr. Dukes dental practice epitomizes everything you want and need in a dentist. He and his staff are professionals but offer a warm and comforting environment. Dr. Dukes and his hygienists offer current and effective dental care knowledge. Dr. Dukes work is meticulous and he does cosmetic work that is beautiful and very natural. They never try to up sell you, rather provide you with information so you can make informed decisions.

Mary Ann J. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


Who likes to go to the dentist?  Not me!  But I am so comfortable and relaxed with Dr. Dukes.  He has a very calm manner and is an excellent dentist.  And his staff?  A++++. The absolute nicest!  My husband also sees Dr. Dukes and, in fact, is the one who referred me.  I would highly recommend Dr. Dukes and his staff to anyone!

Reggie H. from Bakersfield, CA (Source: Yelp)


Definitely recommend Dr. Dukes office! I always hated the dentist since I was growing up but once I was an adult my family and I struggled to find a dentist in a Santa Barbara after our long-time dentist and family friend retired. I tried several offices before finding Dr. Dukes’ office and I couldn’t be happier I did! His staff is wonderful and very prompt! I sent an appointment request via his website and had a response and appointment set within hours. My appointment was no different and had a great cleaning with Secilia. She was gentle and made me feel very comfortable- even after disliking the dentist for most of my life, I really enjoyed it! The office is beautiful, clean, and very comfortable. I highly recommend this office to anyone in search of a great, local dentist!

Sandra V. from Lompoc, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Dukes is the best!  They sent me a Happy Valentine’s Day wish!  WoW!  Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your staff!  Thank you for teaching me how to practice proper dental hygiene by wanting to take better care of my teeth and gums!  I want every parent to lead my example in teaching their child to brush, floss and use mouthwash after every meal.  Future generations benefit from learning how to floss as a part of their health education.  Yes, when I am away from home, I use the waxed floss picks!  I encourage children and adults to use floss picks that will improve their dental health!  Please consider supporting dental hygiene by being a trend setter…pack a dental kit in lunch pails for work, school or play!  Good health to you!   Thanks again Dr. Dukes and your excellent staff!  Sandra Kay Villegas-Ploutz

Sandra Villegas-Ploutz (Source: Google)


Dukes provides a great service! The office location, staff and pain-free methods are wonderful! They teach the patient how to care for and maintain oral hygiene; provides regular check-ups and treatments; PLUS offers the best products to make it happen! They are truly the best! Please consider giving them a call today~ Good health to you!

K C. from Santa Barbara, CA (Source: Yelp)


I decided to switch dentists because my old one went out of network. Dr Dukes and his team were so welcoming…I almost forgot I was at the dentist. (Almost!) They helped ease my weariness especially my new fav dental hygienist, Cecilia. Thank you so much for calming my nerves, answering my questions & and even checking in on me when I had to have some old fillings replaced (and she wasn’t even involved in the procedure). Not only is the staff super friendly and knowledgeable; the office is very clean and has the newer technology you want when you go to the dentist. You have your temperature checked upon entry and a short online questionnaire to complete prior to the office visit. Icing on the cake was an ocean view and ocean breeze while you sit in a massage/heating chair in front of a TV..all set to get your teeth cleaned. I would highly recommend Dr Dukes and his team. Thanks you guys!!!