Once you’ve experienced sedation dentistry, you’ll probably never be afraid to go to the dentist again.

Remember being scared of the dentist?

When you were a kid the dentist was terrifying, and for good reason: It hurt. The only thing good about it was getting a toy at the end, if you were lucky.

Times have changed.

Pain management has come a long way since you were a kid. In many cases, pain is not even an issue.

Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick and Assistant with Patient in Clinic


No needles.  No tubes.  All you have to do is take a small pill before your service.

It works.

Under sedation, you will likely feel no discomfort, pain or fear – at all. One pill and you can relax all the way through your appointment.

It’s safe.

Sedation dentistry has a proven history of safety.  We will work with you ahead of time to eliminate any possible contraindications.

You and your vital signs are monitored the entire time.

Entertainment too.

As if all that isn’t enough, you can watch a movie while sedated.  That’s always fun.

Are you looking for painless dentistry?

If you reside in the area of Solana Beach, CA, and want to work with a dentist offering oral sedation dentistry to combat your dental phobias and fears, connect with our Del Mar Family Dentistry team today! Drs. Dale Trudeau, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Nikko Johnson, and Erik Balinghasay serve patients in and around the communities of Carmel Valley, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Del Mar, and Fairbanks Ranch, CA, at their state-of-the-art dental practice. The office is located at 625 Valley Avenue and is open to new and current patients who call (858) 360-3102 to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Dale Trudeau

Dr. Dale Trudeau

Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick

Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick

Dr. Nikko Johnson

Dr. Nikko Johnson

Dr. Erik Balinghasay

Dr. Erik Balinghasay

Del Mar Family Dentistry is served by four experienced and talented physicians: Drs. Dale Trudeau, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Nikko Johnson, and Erik Balinghasay.

Dr. Dale Trudeau has served the community of Del Mar and Solana Beach since 1984. He is a graduate and former instructor at USC School of Dentistry and has completed many hours of advanced training in restorative, cosmetic, implant dentistry, and Invisalign. He is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), California Dental Association (CDA), San Diego County Dental Society (SDCDS), and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Trudeau is active in the community and volunteers at many local charities and youth organizations.

Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick is a graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) in San Diego and Loma Linda University, School of Dentistry. He is a Research Associate at PLNU, YMCA, and Foundation for Worldwide Health, along with being a member of the ADA, CDA, Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), and SDCDS. Dr. Fitzpatrick has a passion to provide sustainable dental services to underserved communities both locally and globally. In 2013 he founded Cura Coffee Company to help fund the non-profit work of Cura Smiles. This non-profit has been able to build a dental clinic in the diverse community of City Heights, San Diego to help serve the underserved in their dental needs.

Dr. Nikko Johnson is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma University College of Dentistry. After completing her dental residency, she practiced as a general dentist in Oklahoma and North Carolina before obtaining her Master of Science in Periodontology from the University Of Detroit Mercy School Of Dentistry. Among her competencies are prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal diseases and treatment modalities with advanced oral plastic surgeries. She has had the honor of providing dental care to veterans for many years.

Dr. Erik Balinghasay is a graduate of the University of California San Diego(UCSD) and University of California Los Angeles(UCLA), School of Dentistry. Upon graduating from UCLA, he pursued advanced speciality training in Endodontics, the dental specialty related to root canals, at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is a Board-Certified Endodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics.