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Gentle Dental (Oakland, CA)
Re: Pediatric Dentist that accepts Delta PPO
Hi - I took my 4.5 year old daughter to F. Pineda at Gentle Dental in Oakland in June, 2009 and had a very negative experience. F Pineda and team were not good at making her feel comfortable at all. For a small filling between her front teeth they did not administer enough nitrous and she ended up 'coming to' before the fillings were done. I had to come in and hold her down while they finished. She was crying when we left and Dr. Pineda suggested that 'if the fillings fall out' we could come back for replacement. Though I paid the estimated amount beyond my insurance coverage at the time of treatment, I received an additional bill for twice the original estimated amount 2 weeks later! Gentle Dental was very confrontational about the situation. I paid the added amount. I filed a complaint with the BBB. The fillings fell out 6 months later. We did not go back. Our new dentist is Helen Thai, http://helenthaidental.com/meet-dr-thai/ and she is wonderful - maybe check to see if her practice accepts your insurance?
My issue with Gentle Dental is that the billing policy is to collect the total amount of what their best estimate for any given procedure is. That is understandable since they want to avoid having to run after their fees. However, every single time so far their estimate was above what our insurance calculated and stated in the EOB following the procedure and the claim. We have yet to receive the difference between the Dentist's estimation and the insurances' EOB.
If our plan offered a different pediatric dentist, I would switch just for this reason.
It's time to take our 2 yo old son to his first dental appointment, and I am trying to choose between 2 in-network pediatric dentists with MetLife. I would appreciate any feedback on: LALEH VAKILI/BAY AREA DENTAL SPECIALTY GRP or LADY FATIMA R PINEDA/GENTLE DENTAL OAKLAND Alternately, if you have a recommendation for another pediatric dentist within the MetLife network, I'd love to hear about them. THANKS! seeking a good tooth fairy
has any body had and good or bad edperiencees with the people at the gentle dental office located on franklin st in oakland. i am kinda leary of office people who dont have it all together when it comes to peoples dental insurance or dental plans. any experiences with the dentist over there? annette
It's almost time for a first dentist visit and in-network options for pediatric dentists for my daughter are Shilpa Avula, Fatima Pineda, or Laleh Vakili. Other than a single 2003 recommendation for Dr. Pineda, I couldn't find anything in the archives. Does anyone have experience with any of these dentists?
Does anyone have any experience with Lady Fatima Ramos Pineda, DDS? She is apparently the only pediatric dentist that our new dental insurance carries. Thanks, Laurel
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