20118 N 67th Ave Ste 308

Glendale, AZ 85308

Dr. Richard Dawson

Smile Scientist

Dr. Richard Dawson

Dr. Richard Dawson, originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, has made a significant mark in Phoenix, Arizona, as the esteemed co-founder of Smile Science Dental Spa. Partnering with John Turke, DMD, since February 2023, Dr. Dawson’s unique path from a University of Utah Cello Performance undergrad to a distinguished DMD from Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine showcases his diverse talents and unwavering commitment to excellence in dentistry.

At Smile Science Dental Spa, Dr. Dawson transcends the typical dental experience by offering a family-like atmosphere where personalized, compassionate care is paramount. His dedication to transformative dental procedures, especially dental implants, underscores his passion for enhancing patients’ lives through advanced dental solutions.

Committed to staying at the forefront of dental technology and techniques, Dr. Dawson invests in over 150 CE hours annually. His expertise spans dental implants, full-arch surgery, and prosthesis, enriched by advanced training through Implant Pathway in Tempe, AZ. He holds certifications in photogrammetry, digital restoration, CAD/CAM design, and orthodontics, including Invisalign and a continuum through the American Orthodontic Society. His proficiency extends to both hard and soft tissue lasers, certified by the Academy of Laser Dentistry, and includes toxin therapy and dermal fillers for comprehensive aesthetic and functional dental care. Furthermore, Dr. Dawson ensures patient comfort and safety with oral conscious moderate sedation certification in Arizona.


Dr. Dawson and Family
Dr. Dawson and Family

Beyond his professional endeavors, Dr. Dawson cherishes time with his family, including his wife, an accomplished orthopedic hand surgeon, their daughter, and their pets, Joey and Cecilia (Cece). Together, they enjoy traveling and exploring new adventures, strengthening their family bond.

An accomplished cellist, Dr. Dawson has performed with many orchestral and chamber music groups in the United States and Europe. He is also an avid mountaineer, and enjoys all activities having to do with mountains. 

Dr. Dawson’s approach to dentistry is best summarized in his own words:

My goal is to provide care that goes beyond just treating teeth; I aim to transform lives through personalized, compassionate dental care that considers the whole person.

At Smile Science Dental Spa, Dr. Dawson is not just a dental professional; he’s a dedicated caregiver committed to revitalizing smiles and ensuring a welcoming, family-oriented environment for every patient. We invite you to join our dental family and experience the difference in care we offer. Visit us and let Dr. Dawson help you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

Root Canals

With years of experience and thousands of root canal procedures under my belt, I pride myself on efficiency and patient comfort. Most of my root canal treatments are completed in just one visit, including the placement of the crown. This streamlined process saves my patients time and reduces the need for multiple appointments. On rare occasions, to ensure the best outcome, the procedure may span a couple of appointments.


As an integral part of my practice, I have placed hundreds of dental implants, offering patients durable and long-lasting solutions for missing teeth. Each implant procedure is carried out with meticulous care and precision, ensuring the best possible foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.


I have a many years of experience in placing dental crowns, meticulously working to restore the strength, functionality, and aesthetics of damaged teeth. My work with porcelain veneers is particularly rewarding, as it allows me to transform smiles dramatically. I adhere to a specific, detailed protocol in these procedures to ensure predictable outcomes and patient satisfaction.


Trained with the American Orthodontic Society for straight wire braces and certified in Invisalign, I have successfully corrected a wide range of dental and skeletal malocclusions over the years. My commitment to providing advanced orthodontic solutions allows me to tailor treatments to each patient’s unique needs, ensuring effective and satisfying results.

Sedation & Comfort

Recognizing that dental visits can be a source of anxiety, I’ve dedicated myself to creating not only a calming sedation protocol but also a soothing office environment. Beyond offering both nitrous oxide and moderate conscious sedation to ensure a comfortable, anxiety-free experience, our office is designed with your peace of mind at heart. We provide various amenities aimed at calming nerves, from a serene waiting area to comfortable treatment rooms equipped with features designed to relax and distract from dental procedures. This approach to patient care ensures that from the moment you step into our office, every aspect of your visit is geared towards making your experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible.


I have extensive experience in performing a wide range of tooth extractions, from simple to complex surgical extractions, including wisdom teeth. My ability to handle almost all extractions in-house minimizes the need for referrals, except in situations where patient safety requires specialized care. This approach ensures that my patients receive efficient and comfortable treatment within a familiar setting.

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Root Canals: A Definitive Guide

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