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My son is signed up for Healthy Families Delta Dental, and is ready for
his first dentist visit. He is four, but with great dental genes and
always agreeable to brushing his teeth everyday since he first grew teeth,
so we and the doctor felt we didn't need to rush his first visit. However,
he hates going to the doctor, so I'm a bit nervous about his visit going
well. We live in Berkeley, but unfortunately there are no local dentist
that accept HFDD. There are a few in Oakland and the suburbs, but I'd love
a recommendation. As this is his first visit, I'd rather it go smoothly
and not be too far a commute. Thanks!
Mother of Pearly Whites
Not sure if Healthy Families have updated there Dental practices. I had
to go to East Oakland to have my daughter seen. It was in the worst
neighborhood ever, and the building was dilapidated. On top of that,
the dentist did all the checking you in etc. The worst was that he
would not let me go in with my daughter. She was 4 at the time. I had
my 9 year old with me, and I had to go back and forth with him to let
my older daughter go in with the younger one. She took photos of what
happened in the room for me. If I didn't have my older daughter I
would have walked out. There would have been no way over my dead body
that a male dentist check my daughter's teeth without my presence. I
did not report him, as there was nothing to report. It was definitely
weird how he did things. I never went back, and my children haven't had
dental screenings because he was the only dentist close to Berkeley
under Healthy Families.
I will keep an eye on this post to see what everyone else is saying??
I wanted to share my experience so if you ended going to the Oakland
you know what to expect! HB
My kids have been using healthy families delta dental for about 3years now. I take them
to Western Dental
in downtown Berkeley. It has been a really good experience for the
kids. I am allowed in the room with them, there customer service is good, and I am able
schedule both my kids at the same time. Sometimes the wait can be a little long to be
seen, but other then that it has been a great experience. You should give them a call.
Fellow HF member
We have Healthy families- Safeguard Dental and have been very happy with our
dentist, located in downtown Oakland. My children see
Dr. Bastiani at Oakland
Dental Care, 510-444-6300
Best of luck
My son recently qualified for Healthy Families and I chose
DeltaCare because I had previously had DeltaDental and the
doctor I had was great. Unfortunately there is some new
policy that requires me to be with Healthy Families for
2-1/2 years before my son can qualify for DeltaDental, so we
have lost our great dentist.
ALL the Oakland providers that take DeltaCare have horrid
online reviews! Even worse, I cannot choose a pediatric
dentist directly. I must chose a generalist who would then
refer me to a pediatric dentist, but not always. IF I were
to go ahead and choose a DeltaCare provider, it would likely
be Dental Care of Walnut Creek, who have almost all great
reviews (on yelp.com). The dentists there are Dr. Wu and Dr.
My 2nd choice by a wide margin would be Gentle Dental on
Franklin Street in Oakland. The main dentists there are Dr.
Dadvand and Dr. Maoik. The Pediatric Specialist they refer
to is Dr. Pearline Chang.
If you have experience with taking your small child to any
of these dentists, please let me know!
My other option is to choose another dental insurance
provider that covers a well-recommended dentist. The other
insurance options are Western Dental, Access Dental,
Safeguard Dental, and Healthnet Dental. All of these plans
also require that the main dentist be a generalist, who may
not chose to refer out to a pediatric specialist, so I am
seeking recommendations for a GENERAL dentist who is great
with small children (my child is 3 years old) as well as
suggestions for a great Pediatric Specialist. PLEASE do not
give me random references - I need a dentist who is covered
under one of the above Healthy Families insurance carriers only.
seeking decent dentist
I took my kids to a random dentist on the list for Healthy
Families Delta Dental. Horrible experience. The office was
actually dirty! Then I did my homework for the entire East
Bay and found the reviews went from bad to worse for the
limited number of dentist who take it. Finally I got the
idea to look out of the area a bit and we found Dr. Kao in
Sunnyvale. It's a one hour drive but he is a very top-notch
pediatric dentist and his facility and staff are incredible.
He is kind and only works with kids. The office is
beautiful - totally set up for kids only. It's not easy to
get an appt. but he is a true gem and well worth the extra
travel time for us. His number is (408) 746-3770. Satisfied with Dr. Kao in
The pediatric dentists at La Clinica de La Raza
are truly excellent. My son
started off at a fancy pediatric dentist but when we discovered he had multiple
cavities we applied for Healthy Families! La Clinica has facilities in
Fruitvale and at Children's Hospital; we've gone to the Fruitvale clinic for
the past couple years because a client of mine was a dentist there, but now
we're thinking of transferring over to Children's Hospital because it's more
convenient. La Clinica is strictly no frills but they have really dedicated and
superlative practitioners. I don't think it matters who you see; they're all
wonderful. My son has had five fillings, cleanings, flouride treatments, and
sealant put on his molars there. Hopefully now we can avoid more dental work in
the future (except preventative)!
My son is currently a patient of Discovery Pediatric
Dentistry in San Francisco. We had seen Dr. Fred
Haberlin--who we loved--however he is not practicing
regularly anymore, and we are seeking a pediatric dentist or
dentist who sees children (my son is 5) in the East Bay that
accepts Healthy Families Delta Dental plan.
Thanks for your input!
We are also on Healthy Families and it took a while to find
a great dentist for our kids. We are very happy with
Bastani at 1700 Broadway in Oakland. Phone: (510) 444-6300.
Best of luck.
Really happy with this dentist for my kids
I have recently moved to the East Bay (Kensington) and my
kids receive health insurance through Healthy Families. I
need to select a new dental insurance carrier (covered by
Healthy Families) as well as a new dentist. My insurance
Access Dental ..
Delta Dental ..
Safeguard Dental ..
Western Dental ..
I am looking for a recommendation for both insurance and a
dentist that will see Healthy Families patients.
For dental offices that see healthy families insurance
holders and children you can try Brookside Community Health
Center in San Pablo, Eastmont Wellness Center in Oakland and
you can also dial 211 on your phone and ask them for
resources. Good luck,
I am looking for a great dentist that accepts Healthy
Families Dental Insurance for an 8yr. old! In Berkeley or
Oakland preferably. There are some postings regarding this
but they are from 2009! Any input would be much appreciated.
I believe the dental clinic that is held at Oakland's Children's
Hospital takes Healthy Family clients
The clinic is lovely too.
I am looking for a good children's dentist who accepts Healthy
When we had Healthy Families, we went to
Dr. Marienella Carter,
400 30th St., Oakland, 625-0600. She's not just a pediatric
dentist, takes all ages. We still use her although we no longer
have Healthy Families.
We are hoping to get insurance coverage for our daughter through the Healthy
Families program and want to know if anyone has any recommendations for dentists
who take the following insurance plans: Access Dental. Premier Access Dental, or
the SafeGuard Dental plans?? (preferably if possible in West CCCounty).
My kids have done very well with Dr. Lopez,
office on Telegraph near
Ashby. She has great assistants and other dentists to complete her
practice. My daughter, now 12, went thru maybe 4 other scary dentists
before Vivian when her teeth became broken and all -- and both my
kids have stayed with Dr. Vivian Lopez all these years. I think she
even sees some college students who haven't yet left home.
Point being: she is smart, observant, socially savvy, and talked me
thru an emergency one Sunday nite even before she was our actual
doctor. She was so patient and thorough and asked all the right
questions. I cannot say enough good things about her!!! I wish I had
her phone number handy, but look her up online or in the phone book.
Or call me and by tomorrow I will find her number!
You'll be pleased. Plus her office waiting room has a bunch of old
typewriters, which kids find fascinating! And books and journals.
And balloons and prizes after all those scary procedures. She and her
whole practice are just terrific.
FR ( mother of a 12 and 9 year old)
Help! My daughter's dentist of six years, has just announced that she
will no longer be accepting Healthy Families insurance. Anyone have a
recommendation for a dentist that they like, who will?
My daughter is insured through Healthy Families, which has been really great for
doctors, but I have struggled to find her a good dentist. I was recently notified
that the dentist I had found her has stopped accepting her insurance. Could
anyone recommend a dentist that accepts Delta Dental Healthy Families Insurance
that they like? Unfortunately for us, this is different from just Delta Dental
My daughter has Healthy Families Delta Dental too. I looked
everywhere, had an unpleasant experience with the only dentist I
could find in Oakland/ Berkeley and finally found a great practice
in San Francisco.
Haeberlein, Fred DDS-Pediatric Dentistry -
1700 California St #200 San Francisco, CA 94109
All of the docs my daughter have seen there are sweet and
They sing to her while they work on her teeth! They have seen it
all and have so much patience. They let me hold her hand and
explain everything really well.
The place is clean and nice, lots of toys and a TV in both the
outer and inner waiting areas.
Its not that bad of a drive if you go right after rush hour, I make
my appointments for 11/11:30.( I live in North Berkeley)
We often go to the Whole Foods across the street for a treat after
A Fan of Dr. Haeberlein
(August and November, 2008)
My kids are covered under the Healthy Families Delta Dental program. Does anyone have
a recommendation of a dentist that is good with kids and takes Delta Dental through
i take my daughter to dr haberlein's office in sf. i originally looked
for a dentist in the east bay since we live in berkeley but i had a
disappointing experience with the one healthy families dentist here.
dr haberlein is so amazing. we have also seen dr parea who i love. she
sings to my daughter while she works on her.! they are very used to
dealing with scared kids and do everything to help calm them. the
office is very kid friendly with toys and books in the waiting areas.
all of the hygienists are sweet and work quickly and as gently as
possible. they are at 1700 california at van ness. phone number is
We've just been approved for Healthy Families and got the Delta Dental
coverage-unfortunately not all Delta Dental Dentists take the Healthy Families Coverage.
So, we're looking for a great dentist out there for our son who liked going to see the
dentist we had. Do you have any great kids dentists that take Healthy Families Delta
My son sees Dr. Marinella Carter
in Oakland, and she's just fine. It's not a fun
and games office like some pediatric dentists', but she's good and nice.
My daughter has Healthy Families too. I first took her to Dr Laston...the only ped
dentist that takes Healthy Families that I could find in Berkeley or Oakland but
we did not have a great time there. Now I take her to the city to Dr
Fred Haeberlien's office. we see Dr Parea (sp?) She is amazing. She sings to my
daughter while she's working on her and stops to help her calm down if she gets
scared. They're at 1700 California at Van Ness. A bit of a schlepp but worth
it...and not that bad of a commute if you go after rush hour. Their number is
Need feedback from anyone who has had experience with any of the
dentists in the Healthy Families program of Delta Dental - none
of them are listed as pediatric dentists. Or does anyone have
any idea of possible cost (ball-park figure)to pay out-of-pocket
for initial dental exam & at least one filling if we go to one
of the recommended pediatric dentists. This is for a 4 year
old's first visit so we want it to be as easy as possible and
certainly not traumatic in any way.
There is a dental clinic in Oakland Children's Hospital which
takes Healthy Families Delta Dental patients. They are an
awesome group of dentists who make time to treat children
through this program. They are kind and really worth going to.
The clinic is Clinica Dental at Children's Hospital Oakland and
their phone number is (510) 428-3316
We use a dentist in Berkeley. I don't know if she is still
taking new healthy families pt but you can call and find out.
My son has seen her for 4 years and we are very happy with how
she and her staff deal with kids. Her name is
My kids see Dr. Madelyn Ballard (510) 845-2350. I believe she
only charged us $75 for our visit before we got our insurance.
She is great with kids.
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