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About Us

In most every other industry, the customer experience matters.

What’s so different about going to the dentist?

With a family, career, and the demands of your everyday, it’s not only hard to simply get to the dentist…it’s probably on the “dread” list. We’re here to change that perception. Your visit to Rio Rancho Dental Associates will be different. We’re focused on you first, offering the kind of luxury perks you’d expect during a spa day (think warm blankets and fresh baked cookies), and top it off with exceptional (yet, wildy, still affordable) care.

We Promise




An Experience Focused on You

No one looks forward to going to the dentist, but what if your visit could look more like a break in your day than a hurdle? That’s precisely our goal. We exist to provide industry-leading dental care in an environment that feels like home and at a price you can afford…for the whole family.

A Compassionate Team

Great smiles and healthy teeth matter to all of us here. We’re known for going above and beyond on all levels of customer service and take pride in making sure you’re comfortable and safe at all times. Plus, we promise to always explain your treatment options fully and clearly so you can make informed decisions about your health, confidently.

Excellent, Affordable Care

Our dentists and trained staff, including on-staff specialists, offer nearly any kind of dental service you need, from a routine cleaning to a root canal, in our state-of-the-art facility. We strive to stay ahead of your health needs by utilizing new technology,helping us deliver precise treatments more efficiently and with cost savings that get passed to you.


At Rio Rancho Dental Associates, we have extensive knowledge of dentistry and what your teeth need so you don’t have to. Here are a few of our most frequently asked questions to browse while you wait to come in.

Do you handle dental emergencies?

Of course! We’re happy to help everyone with dental emergencies to receive prompt care to alleviate pain and avoid further problems. We’ll make every effort to see you the same day, and we reserve some appointment times for just that purpose. For our existing patients, we always have an associate on call to provide same-day emergency dental care. In any dental emergency, call our office at once at 505-207-3061.

Could a dental problem cause my headaches?

It’s very possible. Migraines and other headaches can be symptoms of Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD). That’s basically a problem with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that allows you to open and close your jaws. Dr. Ryan Shepherd has completed extensive research into TMJ problems and treatment while studying at Harvard Medical, so he’s very well qualified to assess and treat your condition. 

What can you do to relieve my TMJ disorder?

If you are suffering from jaw pain caused by a TMJ disorder, we can help with a TMJ treatment! Because every case is unique, Dr. Shepherd can use several different approaches, including muscle treatment, a custom mouthguard to prevent teeth grinding, and trigger point jaw massages.

Do you offer dentures?

Absolutely! In fact, we have a wide variety of denture options to handle almost every need: traditional full dentures, partial dentures, implant-supported dentures, and implant-retained dentures. And, our dentures look, feel, and function just like real teeth!

What can you do to relieve my dental anxiety?

If a visit to the dentist makes you nervous or even frightened, our compassionate team can help relieve your dental anxiety with comfort options like soft pillows, blankets, and headphones and/or dental sedation. We can even provide extended appointments by request so you won’t feel rushed.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a restorative dentistry  treatment that can be used to replace one or even all of your teeth. Because they literally fuse with your jawbone, dental implants provide a strong foundation for a variety of dental restorations, including dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures.

How can you improve my smile?

We offer several types of cosmetic dentistry treatments to help you achieve your smile goals, including teeth whitening, dental veneers, Lumineers, Invisalign, Six Month Smiles, gum reshaping, and more! You can even combine services for a custom smile makeover!


Mon: Closed
Tue - Thu: 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Fri: 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM


2200 Grande Blvd SE Suite A,
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

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