To help protect your child’s dental health now and well into adulthood, it’s important to prioritize good dental hygiene at a very early age. In addition to good brushing and flossing habits, your child’s dental health depends on regular cleanings and examinations to catch minor issues before they evolve into serious problems.
We work with children of all ages and provide cleanings, exams, sealants and fluoride treatments. If your children are involved in sports, we can also fit them for custom mouth guards.
Dr Patel says, “Superior oral health is vital for a child’s development and I am here to help every step of the way.” Dr. Patel seeks to serve her community by meeting the oral and healthcare needs of infants, children, and adolescents, including those with special needs.Education
B.S., Bioengineering–University of California, San Diego D.D.S.–Loma D.D.S.–Columbia University College of Dental Medicine Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry–Columbia University College of Dental MedicineMore about Shina Patel
D.D.S. Pediatric Dentist
Dr Patel says, “Superior oral health is vital for a child’s development and I am here to help every step of the way.” Dr. Patel seeks to serve her community by meeting the oral and healthcare needs of infants, children, and adolescents, including those with special needs.
After graduating from UC San Diego, Dr. Patel received her dental degree from the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. She was also awarded her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from Columbia. A strong proponent of lifelong learning, Dr. Patel sought Board Certification and is now a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She is also an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the San Diego County Dental Society.
She is a member of the clinical faculty at the UCLA Pediatric Dentistry Postgraduate Residency program at the Rady Children’s hospital in San Diego. Furthermore, Dr. Patel has developed an interest in international dental outreach and has provided dental care and education to the natives of impoverished and rural areas in India and Honduras.
Dr. Patel is a native of San Diego but was raised in Germany and Japan during much of her childhood, as her father served in the military for 30 years.
B.S., Bioengineering–University of California, San Diego D.D.S.–Loma D.D.S.–Columbia University College of Dental Medicine Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry–Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry San Diego Dental Society
Gentle Dental accepts most dental insurance plans and options. If you do not see your insurance plan below, contact us and we will be happy to assist in confirming your existing insurance provider.
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If you have dental insurance and are concerned about coverage do not hesitate to reach out to our friendly staff. Our team here at Gentle Dental will help you with any payment or insurance questions you may have and will work closely with you to help you get the most out of your dental plan.
Gentle Dental aims to be as gentle on your wallet as our dentists are when providing treatment. Our professional staff will help you get the most from your dental insurance benefits and explain any deductibles and co-pays to you.
Payment options include cash, major credit cards, discount plans, and private financing.
The Gentle Dental Smile Plan is perfect if you don’t have dental insurance and offers significant savings. The plan has no waiting period, involves no paperwork, and covers all pre-existing conditions.
You can enroll as an individual, couple or family and receive significant discounts on preventative services including exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments, and x-rays, as well as a host of other dental services. All other services including specialty care such as extractions, root canals, and orthodontics are discounted 20% from our list prices.
The Smile Plan is effective immediately and there are no claim forms to fill out and no maximums. Seniors 62 and older receive additional discounts on enrollment fees and parents can keep children on their family plan until age 26.
Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for everyone to obtain quality dental care at an affordable price.
We understand that you don’t always have the cash at hand, that’s why we accept most major credit cards and offer flexible financing options which can be helpful if you require more extensive work, orthodontics, or cosmetic procedures that aren’t covered by insurance. These plans can offer:
We want to make paying for dental services as easy as possible. For more information, call us toll-free at 1-800-GENTLE1 to get in touch with the Gentle Dental Office in your neighborhood.
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Super friendly staff! My son and I both come to this clinic and always leave feeling great.
I took my son for the first time to the dentist and everyone was very caring. Everyone in the office made us feel welcome. I am so happy that I chose the right office to take my son for the first time. I highly recommend this office to anyone that is looking for a great office.
I am very grateful for such a family-oriented office. My son was a little hesitant about getting braces because he didn’t want to go to school with them on and, how much work it would take to put them on. When he got his braces he noticed how easy and gentle the doctors where while installing them and the quality and craftsmanship. Well, never encountered any problems with them and is very glad that he got them done. Just recently got them taking off and now has a smile that everyone compliments him on. It was well worth the time.
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