The Team

Dr. B.K. Rai Santa Barbara Dental Spa

Dr. B.K. Rai


I make every effort to treat each patient with empathy and respect. I feel the key to a good relationship with a patient is being open and honest; it is my goal to listen, communicate, and be compassionate with each individual. This enables me to provide excellent customer service and allows patients to see they are my priority. I try to go out of my way to do whatever I can to make sure patients feel important and heard; I am their advocate. I have also put together a phenomenal team that I enjoy having in my office, as I am sure all my patients will enjoy interacting with as well. Each and every individual in this team has unique qualities that will essentially help improve the quality patient care we provide in office.

Most people don’t love going to the dentist, so it is important to ensure each visit is as comfortable as it can be. An office like ours is willing to be sensitive to your wants, needs, and concerns. You can count on the fact that we will do everything we can to work with you, satisfy your requests, and make sure you leave feeling confident that you received great work and were treated like family. I know how important this aspect of patient care can be, and believe that we continually strive for and are successful with this, which helps set us apart from the rest.

Santa Barbara Dental Spa is a well-established practice that offers high quality dentistry, the most up-to-date technology, a relaxing environment, a happy team who enjoys what they do, a personalized experience, and most importantly a relationship for life. We care about your happiness and appreciate your business!

  • Dr. Rai Graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Dental Surgery.
  • Completed a 3 year Master's Degree program in Operative Dentistry and Endodontics in 1983
  • California Licensure Exam at Loma Linda University in 1987
  • Worked as an Associate dentist in Los Angeles from 1987 to 1988
  • Private practice in Santa Barbara from April 1988 to present
  • Member of Santa Barbara Periodontal Surgery Study Club for 6 years
  • Member of Stuart Gnathology and West Coast Gnathologics & TMJ Club for 10 years
  • Successfully completed the IV Sedation program at USC in 1994
  • Successfully completed the UCLA Aesthetic Continuum in 2007.
  • Completed the Dental Implant course in 2008
  • Completed the Invisalign Course in 2012
  • Member of American Dental Association
  • Member of American Academy of General Dentistry 
  • Member of California Dental Association. 
  • Member of American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. 
  • Member of Spear Faculty Club and Spear Study Club for 5 years
  • Has attended many courses on Cosmetic Dentistry, Prosthodontics and Implantology over the years
  • Specializing in Cosmetic dentistry, full mouth reconstruction and Implantology including grafting and Gum surgery 

The Team Yvonne Santa Barbara Dental Spa

Yvonne


Yvonne has 30 plus years' experience in dental management. Serving in both Nevada and California with a prolific background in general and cosmetic dentistry. She brings a wealth of knowledge to bridge the relationship between doctor and patient. She has a great personality, and will welcome you into our office to ensure you have the best dental experience. Yvonne lives in Ventura with her Husband. She is passionate about family and their grandsons, Levi and Lane. Her hobbies include cooking, traveling and outdoor activities. 

The Team Citlaly Santa Barbara Dental Spa

Citlaly


Citlaly, preferably known as Citi, became a dental assistant in 2017 through hands on training. She is passionate about the dental field and is super eager to keep learning about dentistry. She loves being a part of the SB Dental Spa team and enjoys meeting every patient. She especially likes to see patients after their appointment because they are always satisfied with the outcome and leave with huge smiles. Outside of work she likes to spend time with her 5 year old daughter. Some of her hobbies include drawing and spending quality time with family. 

The Team Salomeh Santa Barbara Dental Spa

Salomeh


Salomeh graduated in 2006 from West Los Angeles College of Dental Hygiene and has been in practice since. She was born in Iran and speaks Farsi but grew up in Sweden and speaks Swedish fluently.  She has a strong passion for business. She decided to move to California in 1995 because of the beaches and scenery. She also loves her red wine, which is why she picked Santa Barbara as her workplace. 

The Team Maria Santa Barbara Dental Spa

Maria


Maria is 23 years old and has been in the dentistry environment since 2018 as a hygiene coordinator. She grew up in Los Angeles and began attending UCSB in 2014 and is studying to complete her courses in Legal Studies so she can attend Santa Barbara Colleges of Law. She enjoys learning new ideas and concepts. Maria strives to be better everyday and is always open to helping our patients in any way she can. She is a strong believer in treating others with compassion and fairness. In her free time she likes to cater to her 2 year old son and go sight seeing through Santa Barbara. Her hobbies include trying new foods and engaging in activities that get her adrenaline pumping.

This is the best dentist in Santa Barbara!! I am genetically prone to cavities, so I've had my fair share of dentists. In fact, I used to be terrified of them, but Dr. Rai is so pleasant I actually don't mind going to the dentist anymore. He is always asking how I'm doing (like every 5 minutes), and he never makes me feel like a horrible person if I forgot to floss. They have a massage chair, and a TV that you control that sits right in front of your face to keep you distracted. I've also had my wisdom teeth removed by him, and I had NO swelling. I also never feel like he's trying to make extra money off me and pressure me into something I don't need. Seriously, this guy is the best. If he takes your insurance, then I wouldn't go anywhere else.
Lillie S. - Santa Barbara, CA

News

We Are Open And Taking Appointments!

By BK Rai in Important Announcements

Due to COVID 19 we have had to make changes in our schedule. Hygiene is Monday's and Wednesday's, for the meantime, any appointment made for routine care, will have to be kept and will handle cancellations on a case by case basis. Cancellations will be held Liable for a cancellation fee. Contact our office about this policy and if you have any questions.


  • All patients will be prescreened before appointment.

  • Call/Text upon arrival, we will meet you at the door when it is ok for you to come in.

  • Shoes will be sanitized at the door.

  • Wear a mask at all times unless advised otherwise.

  • Oxygen levels and/or temperature will be taken upon arrival. 

  • We have designated "Sanitation Stations" throughout the office to be used freely.

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Santa Barbara Dental Spa!

Happy Valentine’s Day from Santa Barbara Dental Spa!
By BK Rai in Santa Barbara Dental News

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and you’ll want to look your best for the love of your life. One way to help you accomplish this goal is by having a better smile.

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Keep Your Pearly Whites In Check This St. Paddy's Day

Keep Your Pearly Whites In Check This St. Paddy's Day
By BK Rai in Santa Barbara Dental News

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Santa Barbara Dental Spa! We all know that St. Patrick’s Day is notorious for one thing: parties. And if there’s a party, there’s bound to be lots of booze as well.

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