1. We have hundreds of 5 star reviews.

We have both written reviews and video testimonials from hundreds of happy patients.

How many times have you made a major purchase within the past 6 months without reading product/service reviews? Not many, right? Well, why would you choose a dentist without reading patient reviews and testimonials?

At Canyon Crest Dental, we understand how important it is for you to hear about other patients’ experiences and we have hundreds of written reviews and video testimonials for you to review. We’re proud of the high-quality service we provide and want you to feel comfortable when making the big decision of choosing your dental provider. Please feel free to visit our Google, Yelp, Facebook & YouTube pages to see for yourself.

2. No Insurance? No Problem!

We offer affordable high quality dental care without insurance! At Canyon Crest Dental we believe that dental care should be available to everyone, including children, and we’re happy to provide outstanding treatment to all patients. Our Quality Care Memberships are a perfect way to receive the dental treatments you need without breaking the bank! For one flat annual fee, our quality care members will receive:

  • Two Dental Cleanings (Healthy Gums)
  • Oral Exam
  • Periodontal Evaluation
  • Oral Cancer Screening
  • Unlimited Digital X-Rays
    *CBCT not included
  • Intraoral Camera Exam
  • Additional Dental Cleanings
  • DISCOUNTED 30% Emergency Office Visits
  • DISCOUNTED 30% Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
  • DISCOUNTED 50% Periodontal Disease Care (Periodontal Rootplanings)
  • DISCOUNTED 30% All General Dentistry Procedures
  • DISCOUNTED All General Dentistry Procedures 30%
    *CBCT Scan Not Included

We are proud to offer this extensive care plan to our patients for one low annual fee of $199 for adults and $139 for children! If you’re tired of insurance companies interfering with the dental treatments you need and want to be free of the burden of significant and unexpected dental expenses, call us today to enroll in our Quality Care Membership!

3. Canyon Crest Dental has in-house dental specialists

Dentistry is a medical specialty, and within dentistry, there are more subspecialties. Some of these dental subspecialties include oral surgery, periodontics, and endodontics. Many dental practices offer a general focus and send their patients away to specialists for more advanced needs.

Here at Canyon Crest Dental, we do things a little differently. We believe that you deserve to be treated to specialty dental care in familiar surroundings.

Benefits of In-House Specialists at Canyon Crest Dental
We are proud to work as a multi-specialist team of patient-centered professionals. Some of the advantages of choosing Canyon Crest Dental are:

You will continue to see the warm smiles that you are accustomed to. We have a relationship with you, and we know your needs.

There’s no need to find a new office, find out if they’re in your insurance network, and drive a long distance to receive the dental procedure you need. Come to the office and the people you know, and we will introduce you to someone we trust to perform your procedure right here in Riverside, CA.

In-house specialists facilitate doctor collaboration for better treatment planning and execution. That means you’ll see better results. You won’t need to get to know the new doctor or explain your needs and health history repeatedly. Our doctors will discuss your needs so that you can receive your treatment without any delay or miscommunication.

4. We have an in-house dental lab.

Did you know that it is surprisingly tough to find a dentist office with an in-house lab? Canyon Crest Dental has one of the only in-house dental labs in all of Riverside, CA. Our in-house lab can dramatically enhance your dental experience and offer a higher level of dental service, with these unique benefits:

Custom Shading
Custom shading is a science! Achieving the delicate balance of enamel overlay, translucency, or transparency, as well as surface texture requires a skill and artistry level that our in-house lab technicians have mastered.

Quality Control
Canyon Crest Dental has complete quality control over your treatment from beginning to end, ensuring that our in-house lab technicians accurately and precisely customize your restoration using advanced, leading-edge technology.

Efficient Adjustments
Sometimes, crowns don’t end up being quite the right fit. If that’s the case, an in-house lab can make those adjustments much faster versus going to a dentist who must reorder crowns from an outside lab. We all know the waiting game is no fun when it comes to obtaining the perfect smile.

Canyon Crest Dental is constantly improving its in-house lab facility. Meanwhile, we have a team of certified lab technicians who take pride in what they do. They are up to date on all the latest technology and materials so that we can provide you with the customized dental care you deserve.

5. We have several patient financing options to suit your needs (and your wallet, too).

Canyon Crest Dental offers several different payment options to help you pay for dental services. We understand that everyone’s bank accounts don’t look alike. That’s why we are flexible when it comes to paying for your dental work.
We want to make dentistry affordable without sacrificing the quality we provide.
We gladly accept:

  • Cash
  • Personal checks
  • Most major credit cards (including American Express, Visa, Discover, and Mastercard)
  • Dental insurance plans-accept most PPO insurance.
  • No insurance?  We offer in house membership discount plan.
  • Dental financing options through CareCredit

If you have any questions, our team members are more than happy to speak with you. We will help you understand all the options available to you.

6. We offer gentle dentistry and a variety of dental services.

Dr. Merrihew, Dr. Brent, Dr. Leoni, Dr. Andy, Dr. Nora, the hygienists, and the dental assistants are gentle and considerate in nature. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible while visiting our office.

As a matter of fact, as our patient you will have the opportunity to relax in comfort with our amenities:

Beautiful and Comfortable Waiting Room

Nitrous Oxide

Oral Conscious Sedation

Bottled Water


Tv in all the rooms

We offer the following elective services to all our patients, including:

  • Veneers
  • Teeth whitening
  • Orthodontics (Invisalign)
  • Cosmetic bonding

Our general, preventive dental services include:

  • Dental sealants
  • Routine cleanings and oral exams for adults and children
  • Digital x-rays/CT scan
  • Periodontal disease treatment
  • Fluoride treatment

Our periodontics services with our in-office specialist include:

  • Crown lengthening
  • Periodontal gum surgery
  • Tissue/bone grafting
  • Osseous surgery
  • All on four dental implants

If a family member has significant oral problems, we offer the following restorative dentistry services:

  • Dental implants
  • Crowns
  • Fixed bridges
  • Composite fillings
  • In house specialty service for root canals, surgical extractions and gum surgery.

As you can see, we offer dental services for the whole family! One of our goals is to give each patient a gentle dentistry experience with as little pain as possible.

If you are experiencing dental problems (i.e., loose tooth, cavity, etc.), or if you need a six-month, routine dental check-up, call us today to schedule your appointment

7. We offer dental discounts.

Who doesn’t like discounts? Just about everyone does. Well, Canyon Crest Dental in Riverside, CA offers different discounts or specials on a monthly basis. Don’t forget to check back on our website to learn about this month’s dental coupon or special! They will be featured on our homepage. In addition to offering discounts on dental services, we offer flexible payment options and dental financing.

8. Our doctors are highly credentialed and highly acclaimed.

Dr. Merrihew opened and has been practicing at Canyon Crest Dental since 1979, after graduating from USC with honors where he received both his bachelor and doctorate degrees. His caring and professional staff has helped him earn recognition as an outstanding dentist in several organizations and publications over the years.  He was awarded a Fellowship in the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, a Fellowship and Mastership in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and a Fellowship and Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry, a post-doctoral award held by less than one percent of all general dentists in the United States. Also, in 2018 he was awarded the Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition award from the Academy of General Dentistry. The Lifelong Learning and Service is presented only to AGD members who have gone above and beyond earning the association’s highest honor of Mastership. Dr. Merrihew was one of only three dentists in California to receive this award that year. Along with his associates, Dr. Brent, Dr. Leoni, Dr. Nora and Dr. Andy, Canyon Crest Dental has also achieved the Invisalign Premier recognition for several years. We have dental specialists who can treat our patients in the comfort of our office, with oral sedation available. Dr. Jo specializes in Root Canal therapy and Dr. Ramin Shabtaie specializes in Oral Surgery and Dr. Staadecker specializes in Periodontics.

Call Canyon Crest Dental in Riverside, CA and find out why so many of our patients compliment us by referring their families and friends with confidence and pride!

9. We have high standards for safety and results.

Dr. Merrihew, Dr. Brent, Dr. Leoni, Dr. Andy, Dr. Nora and team members are committed to following all safety protocols. In doing so we are able to provide excellent results to our patients.
We follow all safety and sterilization protocols set forth by:

When you visit our office, you will notice the cleanliness and family-friendly environment we created. You can enjoy our amenities and relax while you receive world class dental treatment.

Now you can see why it is in your best interest to choose Canyon Crest Dental in Riverside, CA. We are excited to create healthy smiles for you and your family, so call us today to schedule your appointment!

10. We have convenient office hours and short wait times to fit your busy schedule.

Canyon Crest Dental wants to cater to your busy, hectic schedules as much as possible. That is one reason why we offer flexible, convenient office hours as well as short wait times.

Monday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Friday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 4:00pm

In today’s world it’s acceptable behavior to herd patients in and out of a waiting room, day in and day out; all while the patient experiences unbelievable wait times.

Patients lose their identity and just become a number or a procedure. They no longer have a voice, and they no longer have a name. We decided to go back to the way it was: Caring doctors and a team personally caring for a patient.

To schedule your appointment at a time convenient for you, call us at (951) 777-9855

10 Reasons to Choose Canyon Crest Dental, Riverside Dentist