Raymond Yu, DDS
(June 2016 note: a reader has informed us that Dr. Yu no longer accepts Medi-Cal)
Re: Denti-cal dentist near Richmond
Dr. Yu, a very gentle Burmese dentist at El Cerrito Dental, helped my two extremely dental-phobic children. I am sure he accepts Denti-Cal. His office is calm, without any of the bells and whistles at pediatric dentists (no germy toys, no Hawaiian print on the walls, no treasure chest of plastic trinkets after the visit). He has very kid-friendly assistants as well, who (refreshingly) do not use falsely cheerful baby talk during dental procedures (that always creeped my kids out!). 510-527-5944 Dental Phobic Family
Re: Family dentist for children
Dr. Raymond Yu in El Cerrito 10321 San Pablo Avenue El Cerrito, CA 94530-3113 - (510) 527-5944 We had the same problem, 3 kids and huge bills and unnecessary (in retrospect) interventions. We love Dr. Yu, and he is very gentle with the kids. In fact our kids have a lot less trauma in his office than in the pediatric ones. His staff is very gentle too. Because they do not usually serve Berkeley types, I just keep a close eye--I ask for only one x-ray per year, and I make sure that non-mercury fillings are used, etc. They have been amenable to all of my requests--puzzled at times, but amenable and friendly. The litmus test was when Dr. Yu succeeded in examining my 3 year old with no drama--none of the pediatric dentists could do it without my little guy going into hysterics--that sure sealed our loyalty. Plus the waiting room is clean and empty (no germy toys--phew!) and the appointments always happen on time. Better WITHOUT the bells and Whistles
Re: Cost of Pediatric Dental
After 7+ years of getting fleeced by very sweet but extremely expensive Berkeley/Albany pediatric dentists with our 3 children, we have chosen a very gentle non- pediatric dentist. His name is Dr. Yu at El Cerrito Dental. My children are actually happier there--no brightly decorated walls, no stickers and plastic toy rewards, but a sweet, friendly, child-loving staff.
For my youngest, our previous dentist told us that we would have to undergo general anaesthesia to repair his stained and chipped teeth--and that was the final straw--we had done it before with my oldest, and it was very stressful plus over $1000. Dr. Yu took a very careful look, and decided we would wait and see--there has been no pain, and if there is not, Dr. Yu wants to avoid all of that--just keep a careful eye. Totally reasonable.
The pediatric dentists were sweet, but they put a lot of fear into us, took thousands of dollars from us over the years, and now I could not be happier with the inexpensive care we are getting!