Donald DiRocco (Berkeley, CA)
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I've looked through the archives and am hoping for some
newer recommendations for either Donald DiRocco, DDS or
Robert Watkins, DDS. I need a fresh start (and some
cosmetic work--veneers) and am hoping this community can
help me decide between the two.
new dds, please
I don't know Dr. Watkins, but I can attest for Dr. DiRocco.
I give him five stars! He gave me my first job out of
college in his front office and although I've moved on
career wise, now I'm a loyal patient (I moved away for a
couple of years, I could've gone to another dentist), my
husband too. I recommend him for anyone who hates and fears
going to the dentist. His office and staff are pleasant and
they are on time. If he does happen to run behind, his
staff will offer to make you a cappuccino. While doing a
procedure, he will make sure you are comfortable and offer
you headphones and even nitrous gas for a routine cleaning
if you're nervous. Dr. DiRocco is conservative and will not
try to sell you any unnecessary procedures - he doesn't need
to. His practice is built on his reputation, word of mouth
recommendations, and his loyal patients.
I've been seeing Dr. DiRocco for 25yrs. I've had no
complications. I like his hygenists and he seems to have
the up-to-date tech. for teeth care. He's very kind and
low key. He is very thorough. When my child was younger he
liked to wait in waiting room for me and watch the cool
fish in the aquarium.
I thing though- I got diagnosed with obstructive sleep
apnea and ended up finding out about a CPAP alternative-
''oral balance system'' which Michael Alvarez, DDS of
Fremont is skilled in (gets billed under medical plan).
Dirocco focused on the use of a mouth guard for teeth
grinding and did not seem to know nor seem particularly
interested in knowing about the other mouth guard system -
oral balance- which took care of both problems at one
time. I've been sleep apnea free for 3 yrs!
I'd still highly recommend Dr. D!
Re: Looking for Good Dentist in Berkeley Oakland area
I have been going to Donald DiRocco DDS in Berkeley since 1987. I have very
''unique'' teeth and system, and am generally hard to please. He and his office
staff are absolutely WONDERFUL -- expert at what he does and fantastic chair-side
manner. Before I moved to the Bay Area, I asked my dentist in Chicago how to find
a good dentist somewhere new where I did not know anyone to ask for
recommendations. He recommended that I call 3 periodontists and ask for their
recommendations for general dentists. I called 3 and they each offered 3 names,
and there was one name in common across the 3 -- that was Dr. DiRicco; 2414 Ashby
@ Telegraph, Berkeley (510) 845-
Re: Highly skilled Dentist (May 2005)
I have found my dentist, Donald DiRocco, near Alta Bates on
Ashby, to be highly competent. I had crowns put in three years
ago and they still look great, and he's always dealt very well
with other dental problems that have arisen. I haven't had a
bridge, however. I'd give him a call if I were you.
Re: East Bay dentist who does good veneers (Feb 2005)
Well, I really like my dentist, Don DiRocco in Berkeley near
Alta Bates, who gave (well, okay, sold) me two lovely new front
crowns about three years ago. Having said that, I don't think
$1200 per veneer is out of the ordinary; my crowns (essentially
the same deal, but more tooth replaced and not purely cosmetic)
cost about $1100 each. But Dr. DiRocco is not a wheeler-dealer
type, and my teeth looks SO much better and more natural.
Re: Severe fear of going to the dentist (Nov 2004)
I could have written your exact post with the addition of
having ''bad'' teeth (crowns, root canals etc). I highly
reccomend Dr. DiRocco -- he is on Ashby near whole foods.
Great dentist, very good listener and has helped tremendously
with my teeth.
I'm phobic too
RE: Dentists for the Fearful
I don't have fear of dentists, but I have been seeing a
very competent dentist, Donald DiRocco, near Alta Bates,
and believe he'd be very sensitive to a fearful patient.
He filled a nasty cavity of mine last month, and was
tremendously considerate of my comfort.
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