Seeking a Dentist in the East Bay

Parent Q&A

Dentist who takes Cigna insurance? Mar 10, 2021 (2 responses below)
Need excellent dentist in Kensington/Albany/El Cerrito/Berkeley Aug 14, 2020 (10 responses below)
Dentist accepting Guardian Dental Nov 30, 2019 (1 responses below)
Pediatric Dentist Jun 12, 2019 (2 responses below)
Dentist in West Contra Costa Jul 10, 2018 (2 responses below)
Dentist who takes Aetna DMO? Jul 28, 2016 (1 responses below)
East Bay Dentist Specializing in Amalgam Removal Jul 20, 2016 (0 responses below)
  • Dentist who takes Cigna insurance?

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    Does anyone know of a good dentist who accepts Cigna insurance? I am self-employed and thinking about going with Cigna, so any feedback on that would also be welcome. I was looking for a green dentist, but I couldn't find one on the Cigna list (their search tool is also not very good). Thank you! 

    The adults in our family see Dr. Erwin Yeh ( He's located in the Gourmet Ghetto and takes Cigna. Good luck!

    Dr. Dughman’s office in Alameda takes Cigna. We’ve been happy with the care we’ve gotten over the last nine years. 

  • Moms and Dads:  I've browsed through the past listings in the archives, but many of the reviews are 10 years old or more! I would appreciate a recommendation for a dentist in the area Berkeley - El Cerrito. I have multiple cavities and crowns and have more to do, so I'm looking for an excellent dentist who doesn't oversell but is good at evaluating what is needed and good at making it work. If you would add a sentence or two of the type of work you have had done by your recommended dentist, it would be much appreciated. Please answer through BPN. Thank you!

    Berkeley Hills Dentistry

    Dr. Vagan Tapaltsyan, DDS, PhD
    1760 Solano Ave #309, Berkeley, CA 94707

    It is one of best dental offices that I've been to. The dentist and receptionists are kind and willing to help patient understand what's going on. I would recommend to go to this office.

    Highly recommend Dr. Vagan Tapatsyan (Berkeley Hills Dentistry on Solano Av in Berkeley). My husband, I and four of our friends go there. We’ve done different treatments and everyone is very satisfied and happy with the work done.

    August 19, 2020.  We see Dr. Erwin Yeh at Walnut Square in Berkeley.   We've been at his practice for a good five years, myself, my husband (both middle-aged and getting to that point of needing more work) and our young adult son.   We've had cavities filled and crowns as well.    We came to Dr. Yeh after going to what we thought was a good practice, with more conservative dentists.    But with Dr. Yeh, we realized that our previous dental practice was very corporate.   Dr. Yeh's practice is like a family-owned practice.   We also found that our previous dentist had pushed more interventions than we really needed.   Dr. Yeh is a serious, lovely person with a great deal of integrity and all those who work in his office are just wonderful.  Check it out. 

  • Dentist accepting Guardian Dental

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    Does anybody have a recommendation for a good and trusted dentist who also accepts Guardian Dental? 

    I have Guardian Dental, and my dentist, Scott Levine — who has been my dentist for decades — takes it. I'm really happy with him and his office.

  • Pediatric Dentist

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    We are looking for an East Bay dentist who specializes in pediatrics and does well with reticent toddlers. Any one have a favorite they'd like to rec?


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    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.

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    Aloha Pediatric Dentistry.  Have been going for 16 years, 2 kids.

  • Dentist in West Contra Costa

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    My old dentist retired, and I am looking for a new dentist in West Contra Costa for me and my two young children.  I prefer old school dentists who take a non-interventionist approach.  I am particularly interested in someone who will not push me to remove perfectly fine metal fillings to replace them with composite fillings.  I also prefer someone with decades of experience.  This comes from a bad experience with a dentist in the area who pushed me to replace a filling that didn't need to be replaced, cracked my tooth while doing it, then couldn't figure out what the pain was from despite multiple return visits.  I finally had to go to my childhood dentist in San Ramon (an old school non-interventionist guy with decades of experience) who figured out the problem right away and was able to fix the damage.    

    RE: Dentist in West Contra Costa ()

    Rodney Kim, DDS, on San Pablo in El Cerrito. Definitely old-school, non-interventionist, basic dentist. I recommend him.

    RE: Dentist in West Contra Costa ()

    Dr. Thibault in Pinole- I found him after seeing a dentist in Walnut Creek that wanted to drill seven holes in my teeth for no reason. It’s hard to find honest dentists.

  • Dentist who takes Aetna DMO?

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    Any recommendations for family or pediatric dentists that accept this plan? Looking for offices in Berkeley but will go Oakland, Albany, or El Cerrito to find a reliable, professional office. At this point I'll go to SF! Is Western Dental as bad as Yelp reviews seem to suggest? Anyone use Gentle Dental in El Cerrito? Help me BPN!

    RE: Dentist who takes Aetna DMO? ()

    We have this insurance, too. It kinda sucks, Delta Dental is the best. We have been going to Aloha Pediatric Dentists for over 10 years with both kids. I really love them, and they will help you out as much as possible. Basically, with this insurance you have to pay up front no matter what dentist that you got to, and then submit the bill for reimbursement. It sucks, but Aloha has submitted as much as they can for us, and it has really helped. I also like their team of Dentists, we have seen quite a few. I guess that would be my only negative comment, that it is difficult, but not impossible, to see the same dentist every single time you go. But the upside is that it makes it easier to schedule appointments earlier than at a private practice with only one dentist. I love too that their new office is downstairs from Berkeley Orthodontics, as we now have two sons undergoing retainers and braces. The Dr.s from both offices work together and share x-rays and expertise. The one time that my older son had a terrible trampoline accident and semi-knocked out 2 front teeth and cut his upper gums on an Easter Sunday evening when both offices were closed, a Dr. from each office came in at 10 pm at night to work on saving both the teeth and orthodonture work. Wow. That would not have happened at a sole practitioner's office. They also have several offices to choose from, but we really like the one at 2640 Telegraph Ave. in Berkeley. Convenience is important to me also as my kids either have to miss school or come right from school to get to the appointments. I would say that you should check out the reviews of any office before you decide, just so you know. Here is their phone: 510-848-6494. Best to you

  • Hi there,

    I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a dentist in the East Bay who specializes in the removal of old fillings to minimize absorption of amalgam in the body.

    Thank you!