Video Testimonials

Mario Del Chiaro’s story began here in Santa Barbara California, where he still lives today.  Mario served in the Air Force during WWII and upon his return enrolled at UC Berkeley and received his Ph.D. in 1956 on an Etruscan topic, the “Genucilia Group” and was only the second Ph.D. produced in Berkeley’s Art History Department.  Upon graduation, he accepted a teaching position at the University of California, Goleta, and that was the beginning of the Art History Department at UC Santa Barbara. He has participated in excavations from all over the World and through the course of his career has published well over 100 scholarly articles.

"I've been coming to Dr. Rai for over 20 years, not only for the excellent dental care but for the special level of customer service you receive from Dr. Rai and his entire team. Not only does he follow up with you after procedures to see how you're doing, he also asks if you have any questions. I don't know of any other dentist that gives you a birthday cake on your 90th birthday! Thank you, Dr. Rai.”

-Mario Del Chiaro

Dr. Rai is by far the best dentist I've ever experienced in my dental life. The dental treatment I had done was very extensive however the results are absolutely incredible. I can't stop smiling. I've always had a pleasant experience at Santa Barbara Dental Spa. The office is so relaxing, the staff is friendly and eager to make you feel as comfortable as possible and the technology is top notch. Dr. Rai has a very calm demeanor and you can tell he truly cares about his patients. He's knowledgeable and always openly communicates with me about the agenda for each visit, no surprises. I've referred him to all my co-workers and friends and they always seem to have the same feedback. I am very appreciative of all the services I've received and would continue to recommend him as a dentist!
L H. - Santa Barbara, CA


Sleep More Soundly Tonight

By BK Rai in Dental Education

Think you might be experiencing sleep apnea but aren’t sure? To help you start figuring out what may be going on with your sleep, you can take the Epworth Sleepiness Scale Sleep Apnea Assessment below.


3 Dental Treatments That Can Transform Your Smile

3 Dental Treatments That Can Transform Your Smile
By BK Rai in Santa Barbara Dental News, Dental Education

Behind every dull, tired smirk is a smile waiting to beam. Your dentist loves helping patients unlock the smile of their dreams and offering them the latest and greatest in cosmetic dentistry.

Here are three of the best treatments to get if you’re looking to transform your smile.


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 days are now Wednesdays and Thursdays. For the meantime, any appointment made for routine care will have to be kept and we will handle cancelations on a case by case basis. A fee will be applied to appointments canceled with less than 48 hours notice. Please contact our office about this policy 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.