POW Dental (Pediatric Oral Wellness)
Patrick So, DDS & Viviene Valdez, DDS
Rec'd Firoozeh Lavassani in El Cerrito as a warm, professional family dentist who examined and diagnosed my 7 year son and then referred to Dr. So, Pediatric Oral Wellness (POW) in Albany where he received treatment for more advanced care. Both accept Deltacare USA under Kaiser pediatric plan.
Many parents happily recommended Aloha Kids to us as new Berkeley residents. They seem like a long standing pediatric dental practice in Berkeley with high name recognition. We saw Dr. Nakazato who recommended 4 separate treatment visits with nitrous oxide each time. Our cost for the routine visit was already staggering. Then the estimated treatment plan was outrageously expensive compared to POW at 50% more. Friendly and professional staff who put my son right at ease but too slick and profit-oriented for us.
If you need pediatric over general, family dentist, rec POW over Aloha Kids.
We just switched to Alameda Pediatric Dentistry on Grand Ave in Oakland. Previously we went to POW in Albany, which was fun and cute but I wasn’t 100% sold on the quality of care. (I’m the daughter of a dentist and used to work as a dental receptionist.) POW told me my daughter had a lip and tongue tie (our pediatrician and my dentist mother disagree) and never mentioned that she was missing her lower lateral incisors. Alameda Pediatric Dentistry was more thorough and accurate in their assessment of my daughter’s teeth.
We have been happy with POW in Albany. Have tried both Aloha and Dr. Nick and prefer POW for a variety of reasons having to do with how they handle treatment - feel like POW is more considerate of children and their temperaments.
I took my son to Pediatric Oral Wellness in Albany for the first time earlier this year. He is 4-1/2, and while he didn't have any cavities, they were able to get him to cooperate with all the procedures without any issues. Their entire practice is to treat children. If there's an alternative or "second opinion", I would definitely call/see them.