Monica Chapokas Palusso Dentistry
Monica Chapokas Palusso, DMD:
Practice Profile Page


Monica Chapokas Palusso Dentistry
Monica C. Palusso, DMD
Oceanside, CA













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

Dental cleaning

White fillings


Inlays & onlays


Clear aligners

Pediatric dental care

Porcelain veneers

Teeth whitening

Dentures & partials

Root canal treatment

Tooth extraction

TMJ treatment

Dental implants

Sedation dentistry


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 5:00 pm

Wednesday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Thursday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Friday: Closed

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





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

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


I had my first appointment at this office today and I was very impressed. Everyone in this office was super nice! The Dr. and hygienist were extremely knowledgeable and explained things very clearly to me. They also gave me a great plan of action so I can get back on track with my oral health especially since it has been several years. I even scheduled my next cleaning appointment now so I don’t forget. Thank you all for a great experience!

Melissa S. from Camas, WA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Palusso is very friendly and super accommodating, she has an amazing staff! I couldn’t sleep because of the pain I was in from a broken wisdom tooth. I called her office first thing in the morning and made time to see me right away!! They did an X-ray and realized just how bad it was so they quickly got on the phone and made a referral and schedule the next available appt with a Oral surgeon, same day!! Now I’m just at home patiently awaiting my appt time for wisdom extraction.. Thank you Dr. Palusso

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


I never thought I would say I enjoy going to the dentist but I do.  I have had a lot of issues as I have aged and have relied on Dr Monica and her team to keep me on track with regular cleanings and checkups.  You won’t find a more caring and comfortable environment where you feel like family. They have all the latest technology coupled with a warm, caring environment.

Heather G. from Vista, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Chapokas and her entire staff are fantastic!! My 5 year old son just had his first filling and they were so calm and gentile with him- he didn’t even flinch during the entire process!  Our entire family goes here and we are ALL very happy to be a part of this stellar practice!

Dora Dahlke (Source: Google)


I have had nothing but great experiences with Dr. Palusso. I was pretty nervous because I had not been to the dentist in awhile. But from the minute I walked in the first time until now, the group has been nothing but kind. The team makes you feel comfortable and welcomed. Dr. Palusso explains all procedures and makes sure you understand what will be happening throughout. I highly recommend Dr. Palusso and her team.

Evelyn G. from Vista, CA (Source: Yelp)


I always enjoy my visits here, Even though it was a hectic morning for them and me, I got out in a timely manner, and pain-free as usual!  Had just a cleaning but Jennifer was amazing and helped remove a couple of stains that had developed in my dental fillings!

Elena I. from Oceanside, CA (Source: Yelp)


I hate going to the dentist…always have…but Dr Chapokas and her staff make every visit easier to come to.  I just recently switched to her office at the beginning of the year due to all the positive reviews here on Yelp.  I have to say that I would agree with all the positive words about this office. My kids are comfortable and we love the staff there as well. Overall a great experience for me and my kids, and we highly recommend.

Johnny P. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Google)


Dr, Chapokas is quite simply the best dentist i have ever had. Im ashamed to admit that I hadn’t been to a dentist in a long time and had a number of dental issues when I first saw her a year ago. She was very professional and put me on a dental plan that addressed all of the issues in a very professional and reassuring way. When I walked in I had a number of cavities and a tooth ache that was flat out debilitating. Monica and her staff took care off all of the cavities, cleanings, root canals, and everything else that I had been putting off for way too long. I was pain free right away and after just a few sessions my mouth never felt better. She’s got a great touch and made me feel the least pain or discomfort I have ever felt having dental work done. I have recomended her to all of my family and friends, and will continue to do so for many years.

Emily Rorabaugh (Source: Google)


This office is small but so great!! I had great service!! Everything was explained to me in terms of insurance coverage and what I could expect bill wise. Everyone on staff was kind and knowledgeable. Dr Chapokas was friendly and also a very intelligent dentist. I would highly recommend her and this office!!

Emily L. from San Marcos, CA (Source: Yelp)


Great dentist, great team! Dr. Chapokas became our dentist when Dr. Lambert-Smith retired after 20 years of being our family dentist. The transition was smooth, she kept the same team of technicians and we are very happy to continue using the same office. We highly recommend Dr. Chapokas for her technical knowledge, professional approach, and honesty.

Stephen K. from Oceanside, CA (Source: Yelp)


Cannot say enough about this group of wonderful ladies, I agree with everyone here, they are the best ever and if you want a good dentist, well here’s your team, caring wonderful people who greet you with a smile, take wonderful care of you, would not go anywhere else

Pamela Underwood (Source: Google)


Highly recommend this dental practice. Everyone is the office is very friendly. I am very pleased with the dental work I have received (check ups, cleanings, deep cleaning, two gold crowns, etc.) Dr. Chapokas and her staff go out of their way to explain the procedures and the costs. They do an excellent job of working with the insurance company. Dr. Chapokas and her staff are extremely competent.

Jeanne M. from Idyllwild-Pine Cove, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Chapokas’ office is, by far, the best dental office I have gone to.  Dr. Chapokas was recommended by a friend of mine and I put off trying her for several years because I live in San Diego about a 40 minute drive away.  However after trying numerous dentists close to me and having numerous suboptimal experiences I decided to give her a try.  I am glad that I did.   The staff members in the office were very nice and professional.  Dr. Chapokas extremely knowledgeable.  She took the time to explain things to me in an easily understandable way.  I didn’t feel like anyone was trying to sell me things I didn’t need (which is the experience I had at other dentists).  The office seems up to date and well run.  Despite the 40 minute drive I’ll be back again.

Amelia T. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


I can’t say enough good things about this dental office. I’ve had a lifelong phobia of the dentist thanks to some bad experiences in childhood and adolescence, and the staff here has changed all that. They are kind, patient, and gentle, and most of hygienists are really friendly and funny! I had an appointment yesterday for a cleaning and exam and didn’t have childcare – I brought my 3 month old baby and one of the ladies (thanks Lauren!) watched him for the entire 1hr15min appt, which was a Godsend. They are great at explaining things well and making accommodations for budget and payment plans, and if you’re looking for a dentist in the Oceanside/Vista area, definitely go here!

Aaron P. from Aliso Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


If you ever need dental work, I highly recommend Dr Monica Chapokas and her team. The moment you walk through the office door, you are greeted with a smile and can feel at ease knowing you are in good hands. The team here is very knowlegable, kind, very thorough and extremely gentle. What I also appreciated was their level of care for me. During my procedure, Dr Chapokas made sure that I was comfortable and free of pain. I have never found a dentist like this ever. If you want a dentist and office team who cares and goes the extra mile for their patients, go see Dr. Chapokas. You won’t find better service.

Beth S. from Carlsbad, CA (Source: Yelp)


So glad I checked out Dr. Chapokas’ office!  It had been more than a year since my last dentist visit because I couldn’t find a doctor that I liked.  The office itself is comfortable and welcoming.  Dr. Chapokas and her staff are all exceptionally professional, warm and even fun to talk with.  They take the time to explain what they are doing and why and went out of their way to make sure I was comfortable during my visits.  My experience here was so pleasant that I will be bringing my kids to see Dr. Chapokas too.

Barbara R. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Chapokas has been my dentist since she took over Dr. Smith’s practice. All her staff is well trained. They really keep you comfortable and you can trust them with that they need to do to make your teeth healthy. I come from San Diego to go to her practice. You travel whatever it takes to get the best. I’ve been at this practice for about 12 years. My other dentist retired and was suffering from Cancer. So, it was very sad. This practice is great. Come check them out! Tell them I sent you!

Sonya P. from Chula Vista, CA (Source: Google)


I had a GREAT experience at Dr. Chapokas’ office. I’ve had severe dental anxiety all my life and now I have finally found a dentist who puts me at ease. Everyone in the office, from the gals at the front desk to the hygienist to Dr. Chapokas, are very friendly and go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable. My 14 year old daughter has always been picky about her dentist and she is very happy to now have Dr. Chapokas as her dentist too. 🙂

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


Going to the dentist–bad. Going to Dr. Chapokas’ office–not to bad at all. Everyone was nice and caring and my exam was very thorough. It was great to get full explanations regarding my dental issues. Prices seemed okay, but darn inflation in the dental industry is quiet high. I’ll be back when I have a little more saved up.

Derek W. from Carlsbad, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Palusso was very professional, yet personable. She answered all my questions, and she herself does the “heavy lifting” portion of the actual Cleaning (I have never seen that from the actual dentist before). I also really appreciated her willingness to make comments “…if those were my teeth, I would…”. For whatever reason, Dentist that I’ve dealt with in the past have been Reluctant to make such type of statements. And finally, when it came to certain issues on the orthodontic side of the aisle, she had no trepidation when it came to making a recommendation. Too many dentist today Try to be a “one stop shop”, and attempt things with their patients that they shouldn’t. Also, her assistant, after one glance in my mouth, noticed that I was missing a lower cuspid. Past dental professionals don’t typically notice that unless I say something, given that the neighboring tooth had been shaped like a cuspid. Dr. Palusso, and her very friendly staff, have earned for themselves a new long term patient.


George C. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


It’s great to have the staff back with their unfailing good cheer and efficiency. I always get the most professional care coupled with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and it doesn’t get much better for a dental visit.

Andrea P. from Camp Pendleton North, CA (Source: Yelp)


I am so glad I found a new dentist! Finding a new one can be intimidating, but I felt right at home here! Everyone is so nice & welcoming– holly & laura were so friendly. Dr. Palusso is awesome!! She is so detail-oriented and really takes pride in what she does. She takes her time with her procedures. I’m very impressed so far 🙂 10/10 would recommend them!

Judi Churchill Hickson (Source: Facebook)


She is excellent. Very caring and gentle. I have total confidence in her. The entire staff is so caring, kind and helpful. she did an exceptional job on capping my broken front teeth a few years ago. I highly recommend her.

Dreann N. from Vista, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr Palusso has been my and my family’s dentist since 2012. She is professional, honest  and caring as is her entire staff.  We are quite selective in choosing a dentist and have never been disappointed in the years coming here. Each family members needs, desires are individually approached with consideration. We’ve never considered going elsewhere once finding this practice .Our children have grown and now choose themselves to come to Dr. Palusso as well as started bringing our grandchildren here. We have recommended to several friends who are regulars now themselves. You won’t be disappointed in making Dr Palusso and her staff your dentist!

Cristi F. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Chapokas and her staff are awesome! As someone who has had a lot of dental work done by various dentists in my lifetime, I can tell you this office is top notch. Dr. Chapokas has been my dentist for the past year and everyone from the front desk to the hygenist to Dr. Chapokas herself are friendly, professional and efficient. I would highly recommend to someone with dental anxiety as you will be put at ease. I feel I have found my dentist for life!

Kariann L. from Vista, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Chapokas has been my dentist for about 3 years now. She has been the family dentist of my husband and his family for many years which is how I found out about them. This is the most friendly, professional dentist’s office I have ever been to!! The hygienists and Dr. Chapokas are very knowledgeable about keeping your teeth healthy which, of course is important! But beyond that, they know their patients and care about them personally. I had been in the office only once and on my second visit was already receiving the warmest welcome by name. Dr. Chapokas and her staff truly know what it means to care for the whole patient. I will never go to another dentist as long as I am able to see them.

Kate M. from Oceanside, CA (Source: Yelp)


Best dentist I have ever been to. The girls are all super sweet and they are super sensitive to their patients needs. I had a a quick decision to move to Texas and needed some work done prior to me leaving and they were more than accommodating. Definitely makes the dentist not so scary.

Bob S. from Oceanside, CA (Source: Yelp)


I was in need of two crowns and was seeing a dentist who was out of my network. After getting a pre approval for the work it was clear I needed to find an in network dentist. The hygienist at the original office said she worked with Monica and she was a very good dentist My wife and I have now seen her on multiple occasions including my two crowns. We are very pleased with our decision. Everyone at her office has been great. She has gained my confidence that she is indeed a very good dentist and seeing her for dental services was a great recommendation and we are very pleased

Raquel R. from San Clemente, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’m new in the area and didn’t have anyone to ask for a recommendation so I trusted yelp, and as always it did not disappoint! When I first called to set up an appointment they were so nice on the phone! I feel like most doctor office staff is normally a little blah, but these ladies are awesome! Then at my actual appointment everyone could not have been nicer! Also they were so incredibly thorough with everything. I would give them more than 5 stars if I could!

Kevin B. from Fallbrook, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve had two crowns done in the past year and a half, and both times, after the crown was completed, I was in pain for nearly a month. Although I needed another crown, I was reluctant to do so due to the pain. Then my wife found Dr. Chapokas. After going to get my teeth cleaned, she recommended that I get the other crown done. I went to the appointment yesterday and was anxious about having to deal with the pain again. Although this crown required more work than the ones in the past and required extra work on her part, I never experienced any real pain. Not only that, but she was very thorough in explaining everything she was doing before she did it. I can’t compliment her and her staff enough. They took the time to ensure I knew everything they were doing. They also made sure I understood the cost to me as my insurance only covered a portion of the proceedure. My wife and I are quite impressed with her staff. The other dentists I’ve visited in the past few years only seemed to be interested in their bottom line. Not so for Dr. Chapokas and her staff. I have finally found a dentist who I’m happy with. If you’ve had the same issues as I have, I HIGHLY recommend her!

Jordan Campbell (Source: Google)


Such a great experience! Everyone was so happy and helpful- even at 8 in the morning! They were very informative and create very conservative treatment plans that are manageable and affordable. I am so glad to finally find a dentist who is honest, and really cares about taking care of patients.

Daniella M. from Vista, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Chapokas and her team are amazing. Everyone is very nice and accommodating and always make you feel at home. They are very detail oriented and make sure that everything is 100% correct before letting you go home. I would recommend Dr. Chapokas to everyone- you will not be disappointed!!

Mona W. from Pueblo, CO (Source: Yelp)


I met Dr. Monica about a year ago and for some reason kept her card, even though I love my dentist. When my daughter’s wisdom tooth was causing her severe pain this week, I tried to find a dentist for her and remembered that card. I called the office and as soon as I spoke to Dr. Monica’s staff, I knew my daughter would be in good hands! Extremely friendly, caring and very knowledgeable about the steps we needed to take. They took the time to reassure her about everything. She ended up with a referral to an oral surgeon. My daughter wants to go back to Dr. Monica’s to get more work done, which she has never wanted to do before.

Rachel O. from Oceanside, CA (Source: Yelp)


How often do you hear someone say they love to go to the dentist?  If you’ve never heard it, they probably haven’t been to Dr. Chapokas’ office.  I’ve been going here for several years when it was owned by Dr. Smith (who was also great). The staff here is amazing! They are always willing to go the distance to fight the insurance companies on denied claims, work you in if you have a dental emergency and call you to remind you about your appointment. One complaint I hear frequently is that dentists are constantly trying to upsell – you will not have that experience in this office. I appreciate their thoughtful care and the overall pleasant experience of Dr. Monica and her staff!

Janine G. from Glen Burnie, MD (Source: Yelp)


I first went to this office a month or so ago when one of my fillings had fallen out. I called and talked to one of the front desk staff, Karen who was extremely kind and helpful. She was able to get me an appointment within an hour of me calling which really eased my stress about the whole situation. I arrived at the office with my 2 month old daughter in tow that afternoon and my great experience with this office just continued. I was so worried about my daughter being fussy in the waiting room and all the staff there were so understanding and made me feel like it was no problem at all. When it came time for me to get examined ,my little one started to fuss and cry and Karen stepped in to help, which I really appreciated. My whole experience just went so smoothly and I felt so welcomed there like I was part of a family. It is honestly the best experience I have ever had at a dentist. I came back two weeks later to get my temporary filling out and have the permanent one put in. A week after that procedure was done, I got a call from one of the staff to see how I was doing post-procedure. I was taken aback because I had never had any dentist office call me to see how I was doing for any reason. , but let me tell you, when they do call , you remember, and feel cared about as evidenced by this review 🙂


At Dr. Chapokas Palusso's dental office we know that you have many choices and concerns regarding dental health care providers. We thank you for choosing our office. Our mission is to provide thorough quality dental treatment in a caring, gentle and professional environment. Both Doctor and Staff constantly update their clinical skills to offer current dental treatment. They are committed to continuing education and to leading-edge technology, procedures and materials. Both combine their clinical skills, years of experience, and state-of-the-art dental equipment such as digital radiography (with 90% less radiation) and in-office whitening to provide the highest standard of preventive dental and oral health care to you, your families and your generous referrals. To make our patients more comfortable during their treatment, we have a very gentle and caring chairside manner, we can also provide conscious sedation techniques, headphones and tv's or music, blankets, pillows and such. Although our focus is first and foremost achieving good dental health for all of our patients, Dr. Chapokas Palusso is also well versed in cosmetic procedures as well as preventive, implant and restorative dentistry. Dr. Chapokas Palusso is trained and experienced in providing a full range of family, restorative and esthetic services. These include simple fillings, bonding, whitening, porcelain veneers, crowns, bridgework, root canals, dentures, and implant restorations. In her free time, Dr. Chapokas Palusso enjoys running, salsa dancing, hiking, and spending time with her daughter.