by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Tyler McElhaney 

Dr. Sarah Belderes and the Academy Dental Team Help Patients Love the Dentist

The goal of Dr. Belderes and her staff at Academy Dental is to put patients at ease while providing the highest quality in dental care. “We want our patients to feel better after they visit our office. Far too often, people think that going to the dentist is the low point in their day. We are working to change that perception and want our patients to be happy to take care of their dental health,” explained Dr. Belderes. She and her team are committed to using techniques that minimize anxiety and discomfort during cleanings and other procedures.

The office specializes in preventative dental care, aesthetic and restorative dentistry, crowns, veneers, whitening, and Invisalign. “We also work with a team of specialists for the best results in root canal and implant placement,” stated Dr. Belderes. She and her team also offer patients comprehensive information about dental care that can lead to better dental health and the overall wellness of patients.


Dr. Belderes purchased the Academy Dental practice nine months ago after moving back to her hometown of Del Mar. She has personal ties to the area as well – she went to elementary school in Encinitas, graduated from Santa Fe Christian School, and was even crowned Miss Del Mar. She has been practicing dentistry since 2001 and also owns a practice in South Orange County. Dr. Belderes is dedicated to continuing education and advancing her knowledge in all areas of dentistry. She uses the latest technology, including the use of soft tissue lasers for dental cleanings and enhancing the aesthetics of gum tissue.

In addition, she and her staff are committed to providing patients with a relaxing and caring environment with a family feel. “All our patients are known by name. Patients will see the same courteous and caring staff each time they come in to the office,” said Dr. Belderes.


As the mother of two small children, Dr. Belderes understands how busy life can be for parents. She enjoys working with children, and can often see whole families at the same time, allowing for maximum convenience when it comes to dental cleanings. “We also strive to minimize wait times, and are always willing to help patients understand their insurance benefits,” stated Dr. Belderes. She also points out that the practice is “in network” with many dental insurance companies and that the office makes every effort to ensure that cleanings and dental procedures are affordable to patients.




Owner: Sarah K. Belderes DDS
Year of Establishment: 2014
Address: 781 Academy Dr., Solana Beach, CA 92075
Phone: 858-523-9800
Description of Business: Dr. Sarah Belderes is a different kind of dentist. Gentle, patient, and caring, she takes the time to provide patients with the best care possible. She believes in conservative, preventative dentistry and her goal is to increase the longevity of her patient’s teeth.