Dentist Walnut Creek, CA

Life Dental & Orthodontics

Dr. Brian J. Hockel

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General Dentistry

Your New Dental Home


Orthodontics Airway & Sleep

Beautiful, Healthy Smiles for the Whole Family

Welcome to Life Dental & Orthodontics in Walnut Creek, CA. Dr. Brian J. Hockel leads our team of professionals dedicated to improving your immediate dental concerns and your long-term oral health. In pursuit of this goal, we maintain close collaboration with an array of specialists, including myofunctional therapists, ENT specialists, sleep medicine doctors, physical therapists, oral surgeons, and periodontists. Count on our expertise to provide personalized treatments while utilizing the latest advancements in dental technology to enhance your dental health and overall quality of life. We look forward to getting to know and serving the families of our community. Set up your appointment at our office now.

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Patient Feedback

Life Dental has an excellent Dental staff! Everyone is friendly & accommodating. Please consider Life Dental & Orthodontist for your next visit.

L.B. Google

Absolutely love this place! Friendly and accommodating staff and I really appreciate Dr Hockel’s knowledge of what’s going on with not only my teeth, but how it all works together with my airway and everything else too!

J.R. Google

I came to Doctor Hockel due to problems with sleep apnea. He diagnosed a narrow palate and some other issues that ultimately are obstructing my airway and recommended a course of palate expansion (upper and lower) before going for more extensive surgery to correct problems with my jaw. It's been really great working with him and his staff! They're all extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. They've answered every question I had and taken the time to explain what's being done each time (in what's going to be a couple-year-long process.) They're definitely using the latest tools and techniques and I feel completely comfortable with whatever they recommend. All in all, a *really* great dentist! [Edit from 2+ years in the future - 10/18/2023] I had my jaw surgery (total TMJ replacement and MMA (Maxillomandibular advancement, to move the upper teeth forward) in St Louis in May (via the only surgeon Dr Hockel trusts to do the surgery, who really is great) and returned to Dr Hockel's care in late June. Sleep apnea is cured, my bite was lined up and everything went well. Today was a great day - I got my braces off! We're now in the process of stabilizing the teeth with a retainer, but they look great and feel even better, with everything in my bite closing in the right places and all the teeth nice and straight and even. Dr Hockel's staff were awesome as usual - I showed up 20 minutes early and they said "come right in!" and we got to work. If you ever need to deal with airway issues (or indeed with orthodontia and other dental procedures), definitely give Life Dental and Orthodontics a call. They're the best!

D.C. Google

Very friendly and knowledgeable.

T.Z. Google

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so kind. You have taken excellent care of me during every visit. Dr. Hockel, Dr. Chin and my Hygienist always do amazing job! Very professional and care for patient. It is truly a pleasure being under your care! The office is beautiful, clean, organized, and comfortable, which make coming here more enjoyable whenever I come in for an appointment. I am highly recommend for everyone. Again, thank you so much for all your services Dr. Hockel! You are Best@

A.T. Google


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Our Services

Life Dental & Orthodontics offers a wide range of general, cosmetic, restorative, and advanced dentistry services. Dr. Hockel and his team believe in an airway-friendly approach to oral healthcare to provide our patients with restorative, long-term results.

General Dentistry

Our comprehensive general dentistry services blend personalized care and advanced techniques to enhance oral health.


Uncover a straighter, more radiant smile as well as many health benefits with our unique, expert orthodontic services.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Revamp and brighten your smile while enhancing your airway and general health.

Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry primarily focuses on restoring function and appearance through crowns, implants, dental bridges, and dentures.

Extraction Reversal

Extraction and retraction can cause functional, esthetic, and emotional damage; we are North American experts at reversing orthodontic extractions.

Airway and Sleep Apnea

Unique airway and sleep apnea treatments are customized to address patients' individual symptoms and needs to improve their overall health.

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces and other appliances are tools to achieve a beautifully aligned smile for simple or complex needs at Life Dental & Orthodontics.

All Services

Life Dental & Orthodontics provides comprehensive oral care services that blend expertise and innovation to promote optimal oral health.

Your East Bay Airway Experts!

Good sleep is more than just important for your overall well-being, it's an unavoidable aspect of living your best life. Without fail, a compromised airway affects people's sleep. However, most people overlook how it can affect your life during the day and at night, often leading to memory fog, low energy and snoring. Life Dental is here for you in diagnosing and treating your high upper airway resistance (HUAR), upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS), and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Learn more about how we can help change your sleep - and your life!

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Comprehensive, Compassionate Care

Dr. Brian J. Hockel specializes in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry, as well as airway-focused treatments, to allow patients to address a variety of dental and cosmetic concerns with results that will stand the test of time. With deep ties to the Walnut Creek, CA community, Dr. Hockel is committed to helping individuals achieve stunning, healthy smiles while improving their quality of life.

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2651 Oak Grove Rd

Walnut Creek, CA 94598



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