Zen Dental Carlsbad
Laura Souza, DDS:
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Zen Dental Carlsbad
Laura M. De Souza, DDS
Carlsbad, 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

Sedation dentistry

TMJ treatment

Dental implants


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes


Monday: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Tuesday: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Wednesday: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Thursday: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Friday: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday: Closed





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

Isabela V. from Encinitas, CA (Source: Yelp)


I am a foreign trained dentist and have been shadowing Dr Souza to get more knowledge about practicing in US. From a professional perspective, the clinic is well equipped and very clean, staff is friendly and attentive with all patients. They make sure all appointments are on time. Dr Souza is kind and posses many skills. She makes sure that patients are comfortable and happy. She runs each appointment smoothly and detailed to ensure to provide an accurate and honest diagnosis and the best quality care. It’s been a pleasure and a great opportunity for me to be able to observe and learn with her. Ps: She also speaks Portuguese!

Thiago Alvares (Source: Google)


I have been going to Zen Dental for about a year now and I always have a great experience. The staff is friendly and accommodating. Dr. Souza is very thorough and she explained what I needed really well without the sales push that I experienced before in other offices. The procedures I had done were painless and so was my pocket at the end. 🙂 I highly recommend them!

Mona Smith (Source: Google)


Great office and great people working here! Kari Answered all the questions i had about my insurance. The dentist Dr Chan and his assistant Carolina were amazing also. Everything went so smooth and easy!

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


Just got finished with a teeth cleaning visit at Zen Dental today. The staff were very courteous and made me feel welcome. Having no insurance at the time, I was a little worried about the cost of things. I will have insurance again soon, but just wanted to deal with the teeth cleaning today. So they took several charges off to help reduce costs. Then later upon deciding I should also have X-Ray’s, they chose to do them for free! When the time came, I was a bit surprised to find the receptionist taking care of my teeth cleaning. But she had been a dental assistant for years in the past, and she definitely knew what she was doing. Everything went well and I was not worried at all. Great service, and highly recommended!

Daniel Carter (Source: Google)


Had a great experience! Kind, patient and friendly group of people! Karina was very nice. I had a crown the very same day! And everything was great. Dr Chan and his assistant Carolina were amazing. Thank you very much!

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


I first went to Zen Dental a few weeks ago as it had been longer than I care to admit since I had visited a dentist. The staff were all very friendly and were able to talk me through the process and complete some of the dental work I needed same day. Very friendly environment for a dental office and I will be using them going forward for my regular checkups and cleaning.

Michelle K. from Sonoma, CA (Source: Yelp)


Great office, Wonderful staff and affordable! I was so lucky to have Carolina as my assistant! She made me feel so confortable in the dental chair. Would highly recomend this office.  Thank you Dr. Souza, Dr. Chan and team  for such a great experience

Martha G. H. (Source: Google)


Greatest experience I’ve ever had at a dentist! Kari and Alex were exceptionally friendly and helpful. Carolina was great at explaining everything to me and Dr. Chan was awesome and patient. Zen Dental is top notch all the way.

Lizbet Espinoza (Source: Google)


I went in on a Groupon deal and the staff was great! I don’t normally like going to the dentist but Kari and Dr. Chan were awesome they made me feel so welcome and comfortable. Definitely coming back for my fillings. 5 stars and I am recommending to all my friends and family

Fernanda P. from Porto Alegre, Brazil (Source: Yelp)


Impossible to don’t write this review, I really recommend this place. Since my first call Alex was so kind, flexible and attentive with me. After in first consultation Dr Laura was amazing, also the assistants so kind and professional!! Thanks all staff, you’re amazing team!

Diana W. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


I found this place through the lovely yelp and Groupon. I am so glad I did. From the very first phone call, Barbara really helped answered all my questions and was able to get me an appointment right away. Same day! I was quite impressed. I came in with my boyfriend and we had some quick paperwork to fill out and in a short five mins Taylor came out to take us to the back. She was very sweet and very knowledgeable, she explained everything in great detail and we were brought to ease. Taylor took the X-rays and she was amazing! Very fast and precise. Afterwards Laura the hygienist came in to do the cleaning and took some pictures. She did an amazing job! Very gentle and caring. No pain whatsoever!! She has a great attitude and made all the nerves go away. Then came in the amazing Dr. Kim, she answered every question we had and even gave us very good advice. Very smart lady! You can just tell when she explained everything. On he way out we spoke to Shanelle. My did she have an exceptional personality! My oh my did we hit a jackpot coming here. She was very helpful and made us feel at ease. Excellent customer service and I cannot be happier. I am so glad I found this place. I will definitely be back! Thank you Zen Dental for an amazing first visit! Calling yelpers, You have my highest recommendation for this place! Left a great first impression. With just 1 visit, I feel like we are all family. Thank you again!

Johana Chirinos (Source: Google)


It was a very good experience. Everybody was very nice. The dentist was very dedicated to her exam and she was explaining everything to me from the diagnosis to the reason of the treatment. The assistant was also informing me about all what she was doing and they had a person dedicated to explain me every part of the budget.

Benjamin Frehner (Source: Google)


This is a great office. The staff are fantastic and they provide great dental care for their patients. Dr. Kim and Kelly are great. No one enjoys going to the dentist, but Zen dental will give you the best possible experience. They have great routine care all the way up to 3D printed caps for broken teeth available within hours. I couldn’t be more pleased.

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


Best experience ever at a dental office. Office was very nice and relaxing. From the moment I walked through the door, I was pleasantly greeted and offended coffee. Carrie was super sweet and helpful and had a great senseof humor. Dr. Kim was awesome too! She was super nice, very fun to talk to and was able to get started on my procedure on my initial visit. The staff was altogether friendly,  accommodating and helpful. I’m so happy that I chose this office. Made me so much more comfortable being at a dentist. I would highly recommend coming here.

Laura Yudo (Source: Google)


After not seeing a dentist in years this was the best experience I’ve had a dental office! All the staff was so friendly and kind, Alex made me some coffee and made me feel so welcome & Kari was great at explaining my dental treatment and Dr. Chan was very gentle. Definitely coming back.”

Vanessa Myers (Source: Google)


This was my first time in this office and i absolutely loved it! I haven’t been in a dental office in years and im glad that i found this place, very close to home, big and beautiful dental office! The staff here is amazing. Dr souza was amazing and very gentle with the cleaning and very easy to follow her, her assistant Carolina was also great! Thank you so much Zen Dental!

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


This place is great, I already like it better than Bella vita that was here before. I have very sensitive teeth and they were able to clean without any pain! Ahmed the hygienist was very professional and thorough-one of the best cleanings I’ve ever had. The dentist is here full time and she is very personable. You won’t be seeing someone different every time you go. Overall a good experience and I highly recommend!

Daisy Arenas (Source: Google)


I highly recommend Zen Dental Carlsbad. Friendly staff. Receptionist Kari was so nice and walked me through the office. Dr. Marcello was so down to earth he made my appointment a breeze (I’m afraid of the dentist lol). The assistant (Oliver) was so helpful on my follow up appointment when I let him know about my filling and how it felt a little weird he immediately found the cause and fixed my filling. I will definitely recommend all of my friends and family to this office! 🙂 Alex and Carolina are all so amazing and welcoming. They made me feel at home!

Rick Bastian (Source: Google)


I had an amazing experience at Zen Dental. Dr.Laura with all her expertise and knowledge as well with her people’s ability to make sure that I felt comfortable with all the treatments I had to do. Thank you Dr.Laura I will always come back. Highly recommended.

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


I was very impressed with Dr. Souza skills. I knew I needed a deep cleaning and she made it as painless as possible. I was made aware of alternate procedures I could benefit from, but this office listened to what I wanted to do and we worked from there. Their skill level is great and I would recommend anyone to go there. Her assistants were great to me. I know I have finally found a dentist. Gary P.

Mark P. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


Staff was amazing! Came in to do my treatment and Dr. Souza and her assistants Kari and Carolina were great! They play the music I like and the Dr. was very gentle. I’m sticking with Zen Dental for all my dental work. Go check them out!

Michelle Ortega (Source: Google)


The Zen dental staff is amazing, friendly. Kari and Alex are the best, super accommodating and awesome. Oliver and Dr. Kim are always friendly and energetic. Always leave here with a smile. Great work, love these guys! So happy I found them!

 Tim Gordon (Source: Google)


I can be an anxious dental client, the google reviews led me to booking an apt at Zen. From start to finish the staff was fantastic and put me at ease. Very professional, clean and organized office. My visit was during COVID-19 and their safety protocols were A+

Darrick Penny (Source: Google)


The whole team at Zen Dental Carlsbad was absolutely AMAZING! Specifically Alex, Kari, Oliver, and Caro. They were all SUPER nice, open, and welcoming. I’ve never been more thrilled and comfortable with a dental office in my whole life -and I’ve lived in many states. I’m here for work for a short time visiting and out of my current home state of NYC. I am thoroughly pleased with the work they’ve done and it makes me I wish I lived here to make them my regular dentist. GO HERE! You won’t be disappointed!

Thiago A. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been going to Zen Dental for about a year now and I always have a great experience. The staff is friendly and accommodating. Dr. Souza is very thorough and she explained what I needed really well without the sales push that I experienced before in other offices. The procedures I had done were painless and so was my pocket at the end. 🙂 I highly recommend them!

Tiffany H. from Santee, CA (Source: Yelp)


Zen Dental made it possible for me. That’s what i found so unique and pleasing about this office. Where I was disappointed at other offices due to delays on their end or told impossible from another office- Zen dental made it happen for me. My smile was being affected, because of an open root canal and temporary filling. This office allowed me to come in only about 24 hours notice, and got the ball rolling for me immediately. Then allowed me to work in a few errands then seeing me a second time that same day. i’ve never seen that type of flexibility from a dental office especially when they had other patients but despite that made it all work. Dr. Souza and her RDA were professional, poised and understanding. Carlsbad is an hour drive for me but I will continue to do so if it means this type of support and efficient treatment from my dental office. thank you so much Zen Dental for changing my smile and allowing me to feel myself again

Arely Garcia (Source: Google)


Staff was amazing! Came in to do my treatment and Dr. Souza and her assistants Kari and Carolina were great! They play the music I like and the Dr. was very gentle. I’m sticking with Zen Dental for all my dental work. Go check them out!

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


Haven’t been to the dentist in a long time, so I was feeling nervous. Dr. Kim and everyone working there made me feel so much better! They are all professional! From Barbara taking care of us right when we stepped in to Shanel the practice manager helping us right after, all with great friendly attitude! Once we finish signing, I then met Taylor who did the X-ray exam and she inform that everything will be alright and I’m in good hands, everyone is helpful. Laura, the dental hygienist came after and was super helpful! Everything from scanning my teeth to cleaning it, she took her time and was very professional and friendly about it! Dr. Kim came in after to make sure everything was great and made sure I was feeling great and gave me a detail conclusion of what they did and what will be done. So appreciative of their professionalism and work. Definitely made the visit great! 10/10! Thank you Zen Dental Carlsbad. Will definitely refer you guys to friends, families and acquaintances!

Mark Phillips (Source: Google)


I was there last week with Dr. Chan for a full exam and cleaning he and his assistants Kari and Caro took great care of me. Such nice staff and zen environment! Highly recommend this office it’s really great!

 Rachel Penny (Source: Google)


The team at Zen Dental are incredible! The prices are affordable, setting an appointment was a breeze and the staff could not be more kind. Kari, Sergio and Doctor Chan took wonderful care of me and were personable, quick and informative. I would highly recommend!

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


I’m not big on writing reviews but felt this office deserved one. I just had my first visit to Zen Dental and had a great experience from the start. I was greeted with a smile and offered coffee or tea the moment I walked in! The staff at the front desk acted like they were genuinely happy to see me. The dental assistants Elijah and Steven were great. Never felt an ounce of pain! All my questions were answered thoroughly and Dr. Kim gave me a detailed account of the condition of my teeth. everything was extremely professional with my comfort a priority. I highly recommend Dr. Kim and her staff.

Anonymous (Source: Google)


I had a fabulous experience from making the appointment over the phone to going in and having x-rays. Everyone in the office is super helpful, caring and so attentive to my needs. While I was there for my initial appointment we made an appointment for my husband so he already went and had his initial appointment.

Coach Christine Arzola (Source: Google)


Dr Marcelo was awesome!! He was careful w my sensitive teeth!! The cleaning went great. I especially like working w everyone in the front office as they always call for reminders and always let me know exactly how much my insurance will cover!! Highly recommend this office for your dental needs!

Lokki Ekaika (Source: Google)


The Zen Dental staff are always so amazing and friendly! Alex is the best and always had a positive attitude. If I ever have any concern or questions Alex is there with an answer. Thank you for being on top of things, ALEX! This is a great office and anyone looking for a new office should give Zen Dental in Carlsbad a try! You not only leave with a great smile but the amazing feeling to smile! Again, Thank you Alex!

Jason K. from Del Mar, CA (Source: Yelp)


Great service. Just came here for the first time because I moved to Carlsbad and needed to switch dentists. Got my cleaning and x-rays done on a living social coupon. They were able to get me in and out quickly with nice shiny teeth!


Dr. Souza and Team at ZEN Dental believe that every single person presents a beautiful life deserving of a healthy, beautiful and radiant smile. Serving Carlsbad and the surrounding communities, we are known for our friendly, compassionate and gentle treatment. Our office is committed to providing quality health care to local Carlsbad and treat patients of all ages. We provide comprehensive solutions for our patients' oral health needs. Believing in the importance of listening to our patients, we take the time to truly understand each person's needs, goals, and lifestyle. By understanding our patients' objectives we can provide solutions that will improve their health while transforming their smile into something bright and beautiful.