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John R. Licking, DDS is a Sunnyvale-based provider of cosmetic and family dental services, including regular cleaning, prevention programs, teeth whitening, crowns, bridges, fillings, veneers, periodontal exams and therapy, and x-rays. It’s also one of the few dental offices in Santa Clara County to offer Ozone anti-decay treatment, which uses ozone gas and its powerful antimicrobial properties to reverse tooth decay and treat gum infections.
Dr. Licking graduated from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in 1970. He attends numerous continuing education classes each year and is a member of the Peer Review Committee of the Santa Clara County Dental Society, which follows the standards for ethics and professionalism in dental practices.
Because he stays current on the industry’s technological advancements, Dr. Licking’s office is able to offer its patients the latest oral care treatments, including the Laser Cavity Finder and cutting-edge gum care rinses. “We also use the CEREC system to manufacture crowns in one appointment, digital x-rays to reduce radiation and intraoral photography so patients can see what’s going on inside their mouths,” adds Dr. Licking.
“We don’t just provide clinical dental work; we offer top-quality care in a comfortable and gentle office. We make every effort to promote the health and long life of our patients’ teeth and gums. Our environment is extremely friendly—if you’ve never experienced a friendly dental practice, you may actually be surprised at how warmly you’re greeted, gently cared for and treated as a member of our family.”
Serving all of Santa Clara County including Mountain View, Milpitas, Palo Alto, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and Los Gatos.
Unlike a lot of professions, you can be assured that anyone practicing dentistry has extensive technical training.
“Most dentists have the ability to practice fine dentistry,” says Dr. John Licking, DDS of Sunnyvale. “What makes a difference isn’t their training and ability, but the care they provide. Care isn’t something that...
Mon – Wed: 7am – 8pm
Other: 24-Hour Emergency
Serving all of Santa Clara County including Mountain View, Milpitas, Palo Alto, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and Los Gatos.
"He is the only dentist I would ever consider. He makes me feel safe and I know I will be taken care of. I'm in good hands.""He's easy to communicate with. He's knowledgeable, gentle, and very friendly. I've been going to him since I was a teenager, and I'm an adult now."
"I would say he's very professional, he always takes his patients into consideration, and his dental equipment is up-to-date. I've been a patient of Dr. Licking for 20 years. His office staff is very friendly and easy to have a conversation with.""He's able to identify what I need and direct me in the direction to meet that need. In other words, if he can't do it for some bizarre reason, he'll recommend someone who is able to."
"I would highly recommend him to any of my friends. Overall, he's just great, he really takes care of me, and he's pretty personable.""The fact that he treats me very well, his staff makes me feel comfortable, and they make me feel like I don't have to worry about bills, or paying them right away."
"I think he's a great dentist. He's knowledgeable, personable, and thorough.""He makes me feel comfortable."
"He's very good. I've seen him twice, and so far, so good.""I like that he'll actually spend the time with me to answer my questions."
"He's not one of those scary dentists, which is always a huge plus for me. I'd say that his staff seems competent, responsive, and accommodating.""I just get the sense that he genuinely likes helping people, and that says a lot to me."
"I would recommend having him as a dentist.""He's courteous and very gentle. My family has been going there for a combined total of 25 years."
"He's very kind.""It's a clean, organized, sanitary office. I always feel very welcomed by Dr. Licking and his staff."
"He has a very personal service. He actually remembers me, without having to look at my file first. He's polite, informative, and careful.""He's very caring and very easy to communicate with. I also really like Annie, who is at the front desk. "
"He's a great dentist. He's caring, he shows concern for his patients' well-being, and he's always friendly to speak with.""He's informative, friendly, and caring."
"He's a '10'.""He listens and he cares."
"My whole family has been a patient there for 15 years.""His office staff is fabulous, and so is he. I feel like they really care, and they're empathetic."
"He does a good job, he's very nice, and the people who work there are personable.""He's really nice."
"He is actually a real dentist, who won't cheat you.""I just like the whole shebang. I love the work he does. He's amazing."
"He's very thorough and knowledgeable in what he does.""I just like his personality."
"I've told plenty of my friends that he's a kind and gentle dentist. He minimizes the pain as much as possible and he's very competent.""I like best that he's kind and gentle. He works very hard to minimize the pain. I think he's perfect."
"He has a very clean, sanitary office. He's conscientious, knowledgeable, and has been doing dentistry for quite some time.""I like how friendly and courteous he is. His office staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating. The lady at the front is personable and has a warm smile."
"He's very pleasant and does good work. His staff is very pleasant too.""He's open to alternative methods of treatment. It was a good experience."
"I was blown away. I actually look forward to my next filling when I get to see everyone there.""I felt very cared for and the people there were very sweet to me in a genuine way."
"He's an excellent doctor with a very good ethic. I would like to refer other patients to him.""The service was good. He was on time and did the work on time. He was very professional. My experience has been very good. "
"They have a very friendly office.""The office staff is friendly and they have a way of making you feel right at home."
"I have been a patient of Dr. Licking for over 20 years. I think the staff is just excellent. Many of the staff members have been there for several years. They are all extremely friendly and personable. I like that Dr. Licking's office is clean, modern, and updated. He is always staying on top of the latest technologies and equipment. They also have a kid's area where they have several activities for them to do while they are waiting to be seen.""I really like the fact that they use the latest technology. Also I like Dr. Licking's office manager, Judy P."
"He is very honest, and knowledgeable of what he does.""He sits down with you and explains everything before he starts the work. He tells you the pros and cons of each approach so that you are very aware of what's going on."
"I enjoyed the way the staff worked with patients and how fast the service was. ""He explained everything he was doing without me really asking."
"Dr. Licking was referred to us, because he works very well with the elderly. I think all the staff is very friendly. And the office environment is pleasant and Dr. Licking provides excellent work. I am very satisfied.""I like everything about Dr. Licking's office."
"His office is very professional, friendly, and nice.""They are very professional."
"I would recommend that they go there.""They have a great staff, they have always been accommodating to my needs, and everyone has a good attitude."
"He delivers state-of-the-art care in a congenial environment.""He is professional and friendly."
"How gentle he is and what a good dentist he is, he is very knowledgeable and he has a good bedside manner.""I like that he explains what he is doing while he is working on my mouth."
"I actually ended up at his office by mistake. I was supposed to go to another doctor, but went to the wrong address. When I walked in the doctor said he was available so I stayed. He's very thorough and caring. I am very satisfied with his work.""I really liked the front office staff. They were very friendly. Also, the technicians and hygienists are all very friendly as well."
"They have good scheduling availability. They are always very accommodating as far as getting you in if needed for a last minute appointment.""I liked how thorough Dr. Licking was during my visit. He did a very thorough examination. He explained my treatment plan very well so there were no surprises. I liked that very much."
"Dr. Licking is a great dentist, and his staff is very professional and very competent. All 3 of my visits have been superlative.""Their level of professionalism"
"He does good work and the office is quite efficient. ""I like everything about him. I like the way they handle you as a patient and the service seems excellent."
"He's very thorough and he really takes his time to tell you what's going on. He gives you an estimate and allows you to do as much or as little as you want to. ""He was very informative. He's quiet and works hard, but always answers all your questions, more so than any other dentist I've been to. He has the best office staff, best assistant, and best dental hygienist. I really like him. "
"He is very gentle. And he makes you feel very comfortable while you're in the chair. Also the staff members are great.""Everyone is very polite and nice. They cater to your needs."
"Compassionate, effective, and efficient""He's a kind man who is effective and efficient."
"He's very nice, kind and very capable. My neighbor, who is a real hot shot oral surgeon, uses Dr. Licking as his dentist also, so I would tell people that Dr. Licking is a dentist's dentist.""I liked him."
"He is caring and incredibly competent.""His skill in general dentistry"
"I would say that I used to be anxious about going to the dentist and Dr. Licking has taken that away because he's such a good dentist.""Just that he's very gentle and quick."
"He's a good doctor and he did a good job on me. My wife also goes to him because I liked him so much.""I liked his professional approach. I like first of all, his honesty. He is not going to lie to you about what needs to be done. I feel like I can really trust Dr. Licking. He deserves to be Diamond Certified."
"He is a good dentist and I would recommend him.""He takes the time to explain everything before he does anything."
"I think he has a very good bedside manner and he's interested in doing the right thing for his patients. He is very collegiate in his approach, and he's consultative. He doesn't try to use scare tactics to get you to do something, and he's very respectful of his patients.""I think he has a very good bedside manner and he's interested in doing the right thing for his patients. He is very collegiate in his approach and consultative. He doesn't try to use scare tactics to get you to do something, and he's very respectful of his patients."
"He has a lot of experience.""The fact that he is experienced and you can get good care from him."
"I would recommend him.""He takes his time and he really takes care of the patient. Overall, he's pretty good so far. His service is pretty good. So far so good."
"I have just been to Dr. Licking one time, but everything they did was fine. There was nothing wrong and I was satisfied.""I liked that it was a pleasant office and everyone who worked there was very friendly. It was a nice experience and I would go back to them. "
"My sister and I both go to Dr. Licking for our dental care needs. I've been going to him for about a year and a half. I like his judgment, his craftsmanship, and his professionalism. He listens to his patients' concerns. I am concerned about being over drugged, but he is responsive to that and uses natural products and is very gentle and careful.""I like both Dr. Licking and his hygienist and other staff. My overall experience is very positive. My sister liked going to them too. "
"I have just been to them one time, but I already have an appointment to go back there soon. It was a good experience and that is why I am going again. I would tell others to go there. I was impressed with his demeanor and skills. ""I like that he has up to date equipment and knows the latest technological advances in modern dentistry. I read up on him and felt confident in his abilities."
"I've been to him once. A friend recommended him to me. I liked the initial visit. Everyone there was very nice and friendly. I think they are all very good and knowledgeable. I plan to go back there when it's time to do it.""I liked that their service was really good. They were nice, informative, and very helpful. I liked Dr. Licking and his staff. "
"I have been there one time. I have found them to be very friendly, thorough in their work, and I was glad to find out they only do something when it is absolutely necessary. There was no pressuring to buy cosmetic services or things you do not need.""I liked best not having to deal with sales pitches for unnecessary procedures and things I do not want or need. My whole experience was very good."
"I have been going to Dr. Licking for several years. He is very good. All of the staff are friendly and nice people. They are very accommodating with scheduling the appointments. They really try to be helpful with everything.""I've always had a very good experience going there. I'm a happy patient. Dr. Licking is very good in his practice of dentistry."
"I have been their patient for years. They are all very friendly and have great follow-through. They are good listeners and good in communicating with their patients. ""I feel comfortable there and that is why I have continued to go there all these years. They are very friendly and they know me well."
"I have been to Dr. Licking twice. They are very nice people in the office and they were very prompt in getting me in to see the dentist for an appointment. I was not kept waiting, and this is unusual in dental offices. ""I have been very satisfied with the quality of the service I have received. I had no problems or complaints. I like that they are located close to where I live and it is convenient to go to them."
"I went to Dr. Licking to utilize a new technology that he uses with his patients for small cavities that involves Ozone treatment. It is antimicrobial and is both antiseptic and forms a seal and is used instead of fillings. He is the only dentist in the entire Bay area that uses this treatment."" I was very pleased about going to Dr. Licking and will go to him again. I thought he was thorough, attentive, and excellent at what he did for me."
"I have been to them just one time but plan to go back. It was a very good experience. Dr. Licking is a good dentist. He was very kind and thorough in his work. I thought they all were organized and efficient in how the dental practice was run.""Very satisfied "
"I trust him. He is very good at his job. He is kind, patient, thorough, and I appreciate the time he spent with me. I have just been to him the one time but I am very impressed and will go back to him. ""I liked his honesty and caring attitude. I liked how he gave me a lot of time and seemed caring and attentive. All of his staff were very friendly and professional too."
"Both my wife and myself have been to Dr. Licking just the one time but we are very happy with the services he provided us and the quality of the work that was performed there. We have already recommended him to others. It was a positive experience for each of us. ""I liked that everyone in his office was professional. I also liked the quality of their services. "
"Dr. Licking and his staff are very professional and friendly. I have been going there for several years and I am happy with them as my dentist. ""I like everything about them, going there as opposed to some other dentist. It is convenient, nice, organized, and friendly environment. They know what they are doing and it is a very modern office with the latest equipment and technology. I feel good about going to them. "
"My wife and I both go to Dr. Licking for our dental care needs. We like him because he is very interested in his patients' welfare and oral health. He is very committed to doing the best job possible for his patients' teeth and gums. He stays up on his field and is always learning something new. We really like going there.""It has been a good experience for each of us over the several years we have been his patients. They are very knowledgeable and friendly. It is a nice comfortable situation and convenient for us to go there. "
"I am a regular patient of Dr. Licking and my experiences with him and his staff have always been very good. I feel he is an exceptional dentist because he stays up on his profession and invests in the latest equipment and technology. ""I like that his prices are reasonable. I trust in his abilities and judgment. I am glad that I found him to be my dentist. "
"I had chipped my front tooth, and went to Dr. Licking to have it repaired. He did an excellent job repairing. Unfortunately, 2 days later, I ate something extremely hard, and it broke off, and chipped again. I went back to him, and he repaired it free of charge. If it happens again, knock on wood, I will always be able to go back and get it repaired for free.""He was gentle. He has great hours, meaning he stays open late. He's not overpriced at all."
"I don't know what I'd say. I'm happy.""He's personable and honest."
"He's very into answering questions, discussing options, and giving excellent advice. I like his whole approach.""I like the efficiency in his business operation."
"He's very good.""He communicated with you about what he was doing. I felt very comfortable."
"I really liked that Dr. Licking is really honest and he's a good dentist. Dr. Licking said that he would rather refer me to someone else who knows more about my problem more than him. I really respect that about him. Some doctors pretend they know more than they do, but not Dr. Licking.""I just referred one of my friends to Dr. Licking. Dr. Licking and his staff were really nice. I thought Dr. Licking and his staff were excellent, except George. I really liked Dr. Licking and his staff. Dr. Licking was really humble and modest and just a very nice guy. You can tell that he really cares about his patients. I also like that he's really honest. He is just very friendly and conversational. He deserves to be Diamond Certified because of the quality care that he takes with his patients."
"He seems to be a good dentist.""The hygienist was good, but I don't remember her name."
"Nice guy, and he is a good dentist.""Very personable and I have been going to him for almost 15 years."
"He takes his time to explain what he's doing and why he's doing it. I appreciate that.""I think he's very professional, he seems to know what he's doing, and he's very efficient. He had good reviews on Yelp."
"Very professional""He is a straightforward kind of guy."
"I think he is very informative, very nice, and I would say he does a good job.""He seems to engage his patients in informed decisions. I am pretty satisfied."
"He's friendly and straightforward about telling you what's best for you instead of limiting the service to what your insurance dictates. I recommend him to my friends and family.""The quality of service is excellent. He's friendly and straightforward about telling you what's best for you instead of limiting the service to what your insurance dictates. I recommend him to my friends and family."
"It's an up-to-date office with competent people who have their act together.""I had an emergency situation and he did a good job with it. They're a good office, they've been in business a long time, and they have their processes in order. They do a good job."
"I don't have any complaints. But I've only been to him once. Sometimes it takes several visits to really get to know your dentist. So far, I am satisfied.""They do a good job and they are honest and ethical. They are conveniently located and competent."
"They are very friendly, good listeners, they seem to take a personal interest in me as a person, and their hygienists are amazing. I've had a very positive experience there. ""I like that they all seem to enjoy their jobs. They smile and look happy. It is a very fun atmosphere. "
"I like everything about them and my experience going there, but I think the prices are a little high. I have no complaints about my treatment or their dental practices. I am very satisfied with the quality of care and treatment I am receiving.""I like that they seem like a well-integrated, organized, works well together kind of office. They all seem to enjoy their jobs and their co-workers. I felt comfortable there."
"They have a very nice, friendly staff. They are all very competent and very accommodating with scheduling. I have been going there for awhile and I am satisfied with the quality of work that they do on my teeth and gums. ""I like Dr. Licking's knowledge. He is very high tech with computer generated picture images and the ozone technology that is so new too. "
"The dental practice is very efficiently run. The atmosphere is quiet and comfortable. Everyone is very pleasant and organized. I liked how I was treated and what I experienced. ""I liked that their dental office is located close to my house and parking is not a problem. It is easy to go there and I didn't have any problems or things I disliked about what I experienced. "
"I would say that I've been satisfied with the cleaning services I've received from Dr. Licking. He's a very friendly guy.""They're within close proximity to my home. I think the office is pretty streamline."
"I would recommend him. He's thorough and always does a satisfactory job.""He's thorough and competent."
"He's a very personable person. He explains things nicely, he's very friendly, and has a positive demeanor.""I think he always takes care of my dental problems."
"I told my family and friends to use him.""He's good at cleaning. He's very nice and patient. I feel comfortable with him."
"I would tell people that he's a good oral surgeon and he would be able to help them.""He was comforting."
"It's a good family environment. And the staff is nice. And Dr. Licking is nice and knowledgeable.""The overall atmosphere in the office, everyone is extremely nice and accommodating."
"I would recommend that people use him. He's a nice person. The level of service from some of his staff was not very good.""He listened to the problem and he tried to resolve it."
"They were good.""I like all his up-to-date technology that he has."
"I would recommend him.""He's very friendly and very open."
"A relative of mine is their patient and has been going to them for awhile. This person got me to go to them. I have been there just the one time. Dr. Licking is very nice, competent, and he seems to be a very good, thorough, and skilled dentist, so I plan to go back again.""I am happy with the quality of the work Dr. Licking did. I have confidence in his abilities. "
"Everyone in the office, all the hygienists and staff members, were very nice people. Dr. Licking seemed like a competent dentist. He knows the field very well and he has good abilities.""I liked that everyone was earnest in their approach to providing good client/patient services. Everyone was friendly, professional, and polite."
"A friend recommended that I go there and I have been there the one time so far. I do plan to go back because it is a very warm atmosphere. They are friendly and down to earth and very helpful. I felt comfortable there.""I like that they are so patient with you and it seems they are interested in the relationship. They are patient oriented and that was nice. "
"I switched to Dr. Licking because he has the new technology, the Ozone treatment that is antimicrobial for small cavities and no other dentist in the Bay Area has this. I really like going to this dental practice. They are very competent, personable, qualified, and kind. It has been a positive experience for me. I highly recommend them.""I like the office staff but I also like that it is a full family practice. In that, they see children as well, so my whole family can go to one dentist. It is very convenient for all of us to troop in there for our appointments."
"My wife and I went to Dr. Licking to utilize the new technology method for treating tiny cavities involving the Ozone treatment and it was a very good experience.""I think it is wonderful that Dr. Licking is able to offer this treatment as this is cutting edge and he is the only dentist in the Bay Area that offers this method of treating small cavities. "
"I don't have anything to add.""The convenient hours"
"He's a good doctor.""I like his experience and also that he uses ozone in his practice. He was fine. It gives Dr. Licking more credit and give me more confidence in using him because he's Diamond Certified."
"I'd tell him that he's a pretty good doctor.""He's patient and he makes you feel good about doing the dental work. He knows his job."
"I thought that his proposal was very impressive.""I think that he presents a very good argument for his procedures. He is considerate and straightforward about what he can and cannot do."
"Off the top of my head, I don't know what I would say.""He took the time to explain what the issues were."
"I would recommend him.""He is very personable and easy to talk to. The overall experience is good. Everyone is super helpful."
"At first, I thought he was good. With what happened with my son, he should have noticed that what he had done was incorrect. There were things with my teeth that he did not notice.""He was friendly with my son. Some of the services he does are fine."
"If you absolutely have to go to him, ask every single question you can possibly think of. He does not explain things at all. Instead, he will explain something in one sentence. I wouldn't recommend him to anyone.""The only reason I went to him was because my neighbor said he was good."
"I cannot recommend him.""He was very friendly and he was a great doctor at first."