Joseph W. Slaughter, DDS

Dr. Slaughter is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon who has practiced on the Central Coast for over 15 years. He also acts as a general anesthesia/conscious sedation evaluator for the California State Dental Board, ensuring the competency of other anesthesia practitioners.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he went on to graduate from UCLA with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and then completed his dental degree at the UCLA School of Dentistry in 1988.  Dr. Slaughter traveled to Chicago for a General Practice Residency at Cook County Hospital and returned to Los Angeles for a four year residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center.  Dr. and Mrs. Slaughter have two teenage daughters and are both very active in the Central Coast community.  


Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

In order to become board certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Slaughter completed an intensive application and examination process.  After providing evidence of exemplary experience in all aspects of oral and maxillofacial surgery, Dr. Slaughter was required to pass both a written and qualifying examination and a rigorous oral certifying examination.  Diplomates maintain current competency by ongoing continuing education and are re-certified every ten years by a comprehensive examination.