Earlham Family Dentistry 

Established 2015

Accomidating all of your dental needs.  Big city practice with a small town feel.


We offer the most up to date dental technology.  

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Meet our Dentist

Dr. Richard C. Apodaca

We are proud to announce that Dr. Richard C. Apodaca, DDS was awarded the 2015 Dentistry West Des Moines Patients’ Choice Award.
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Dr. Richard C. Apodaca has a gentle touch when performing any procedure. From routine cleanings to more complex dental work, we maintain a calm and easy going attitude to make you and your family feel comfortable.  Dr. Apodaca will always explain what procedures are best for you and your dental situation.  He takes photos with the intraoral camera so you can observe the steps hes taking to restore your dental treatment.  

Dr. Apodaca graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1984. He is a member of ADA, Iowa Dental Association and the Des Moines Dental Society.

He owned a dental practice in West Des Moines from 1994 until Jan 31, 2018.  While at the practice in West Des Moines he was awarded the best dental practice in West Des Moines, Clive and Waukee 2 years 2016 & 2017 by the Des Moines Register and USA Today newspaper contest, voted by his patients.  We have now brought that experience and knowledge to Earlham and surrounding areas.

Our dental office is a bright and welcoming place to come for your next appointment. We have a reputation for friendly smiles and quality dental work and it’s our mission to ensure that all of our patients are comfortable while we give their smile that lustrous shine.

If you have any questions we encourage you to contact us. One of our staff members will be happy to help you.

Our doctor and staff provide a family atmosphere where your visit will be welcoming and comfortable. We establish a friendship with our patients with trust and compassion treating everyone as an individual. Our philosophy is education and prevention.

We begin seeing young patients at the age of 1. Teaching and educating parents on their child’s teeth, i.e. brushing techniques, eruption and sealants to prevent decay. Our goal is to never place a filling in your child’s teeth. Our dental hygienist Amanda graduated from college in 2015.  She is great with children and very calming to those who may be a little nervous about dental care.  She compliments our office and will educate you on prevention and maintaining your beautiful smile. Amy has been with Dr. Apodaca since 1997 she is an expanded function dental assistant.  Alexa is our dental assistant and enjoys the field of dentistry.  She has an infectous smile.   We have also joining our front desk is Danielle who we also hired in 2016.  She is always wearing a smile and will greet you with her cheerful personality.   Danielle or Deb are able to answer all your insurance questions. We believe in treating our employees like family. We work as a team. Our doctor believes in continuing the education of his employees. He and the staff attend dental society meetings, work study groups, local and national dental conventions. This allows us to keep up on the latest technology and procedures.

Our office offers comprehensive dental care such as cleanings and exams, restorations, cosmetic dentistry, implants, crowns, bridges, partials, dentures, bleaching, root canal therapy. We are your complete dental office to maintain your beautiful smile. 

We file all insurance and offer Care Credit financing along with all major credit cards and have an in house dental membership available for those who do not have dental insurance.


We comply with the CDC, OSHA and HIPAA-- Providing you with the knowledge that your personal information is secure.  We use encryption on all dental insurance claims and X-rays we send to specialists or other dental offices.

We want you to feel comfortable in knowing that we follow strict guidelines in sterilizing and disenfecting. We are protecting you along with ourselves.

Our Staff



Amy E.
Expanded Function Dental Assistant

Registered Dental Hygienist

Business Manager


Registered Dental Hygienist




Scheduling coordinator/Office Manager
Expanded Function Dental Assistant


Registered Dental Assistant