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Re: Dentist near Solano Avenue
My family has been seeing Dr. James Forbes on Solano Ave. for years. He's very good, gentle, and while not
a pediatric dentist, has been excellent with my kids since they were small. his number is 524-3984. Dr.
Tom Adame in the same building is also excellent.
Hi - I use Dr James Forbes, 1653 Solano 524-3984. Seems to meet all
I think I've posted this recommendation before, but I really
like our family dentist: Dr. James Forbes in Berkeley on Solano
Ave. (510) 524-3984. He's reasonable in fees and while not a
pediatric dentist, very gentle and good with my kids. Both my
kids have seen him and his staff since they were toddlers. Also
the other dentists in the office are very good and it's nice to
have a good back-up when your regular dentist is away.
Re: Highly skilled Dentist
I have had nightmare dental procedures done in the past, but as
others have posted on this site, I am very happy with Dr. James
Forbes on Solano Avenue in Berkeley. I totally trust Dr.
Forbes and would highly recommend him as a dentist to restore
your faith that good and competent dentists exist. He has fit
me with 2 crowns and my husband with 1, all of which have
needed only minimal alteration. He also does not do
unnecessary work. Dr. Forbes is gentle, a nice guy, and, in my
opinion, does outstanding work (I am very picky). I also see
his hygenist, Sue (one of 3 or 4), who is incredibly thorough,
although not the gentlest in the practice (my husband is a wimp
and sees Ann). Two things to keep in mind: if you require
nitrous oxide for procedures, you need to request it in advance
since they only have one setup. Also, don't judge Dr. Forbes
by his front desk personnel, who are nice, but sometimes don't
come across as the most professional (i.e., I'm really not
interested in hearing conversation between office staff when
I'm standing there making a future appointment. The attention
should be focused on me and not forcing me to overhear their
conversation which I am not interested in.). Good luck with
We have seen Dr. James Forbes in the Adame/Alder office in
Berkeley. Adame is quite fine also. No experience with Alder.
Check to see if Forbes is on your insurance list. He's
absolutely fabulous for all ages. He's extremely patient and
I concur with Trish who posted about Dr. James Forbes in the
Adame/Alder office in Berkeley (I got his name off of the
archives last year. There are more posts about him in the
archives.). I cannot say enough about how fabulous he is! As
Trish said, he is extremely patient and knowledgeable, and he
also does outstanding work. My husband had a crown done, and
Dr. Forbes ensured that it fit perfectly (unlike the last
arrogant dentist who dismissed our complaints when the crown
didn't feel right). This dental office also has a choice of
three good hygenists who work with all three dentists. Two of
the hygenists are very gentle and pampering (my husband's
preference), and one really digs deep (my preference). My only
complaint about this office is that the front desk made several
errors regarding our appointments (i.e. we were scheduled for
Friday appointments with Dr. Forbes and he doesn't work on
Fridays; the wrong chart was pulled for me (someone else with
the same name); and the list goes on). Good luck with your
RE: dentist for the fearful
I don't know if he would fit all your specifications,
but James Forbes on Solano has been my dentist for
years, and he's always been kind, patient and
sensitive to my anxieties about dental discomfort.
He's also been well reviewed by others on this site in
the past. Good luck!
I have a lot of fear around dental work due to some past bad experiences and
loooove my current dentist on Solana Ave: Dr. James Forbes at 510-524-3984.
I've also seem the dentist sharing the same office, Dr. Thomas Adame, and he
is equally kind and gentle. I can't speak to the price as I have insurance
and so didn't compare, but I would guess they are all about in the same
ballpark for cleanings, etc. He sees our whole family, including my two
young children, so although not an official "pediatric" dentist, he has four
children of his own and knows how to work with kids. Pat
My dentist is wonderful. His name is James Forbes on Solano Avenue in North
Berkeley. He is gentle, calm, and non-blaming. He takes the time to tell
you what's going on, and he does a great job. I have been going to him for
nearly 10 years, and it really is a pleasure. I have referred 5 friends to
him, and they love him too. Michele
In response to the question about a good dentist, we have used Dr. James
Forbes. His practice is at 1653 Solano Avenue, just into Albany from
Berkeley. Telephone: 524-3984. He accepts both PMI and Delta Dental.
Both our children feel very comfortable with Dr. Forbes and the hygienists
on his staff. Dr. Forbes has young children himself. He and his staff
treat kids as individuals and are not condescending. He is extremely
professional and has referred us to a wonderful orthodontist (start saving
for those orthodontist bills!). I would recommend Dr. Forbes very highly.
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