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Monday 8:00-6:00
Tuesday 8:00-5:00
Wednesday 9:00-6:00
Thursday 8:00-5:00
Friday 8:00-4:00
Saturday By Appt

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  • Monday – Thursday: 7:15am – 8pm PST
  • Friday: 7:15am – 6pm PST
  • Saturday: 7:30am – 4pm PST

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To Know Us Is To Love Us

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Located at 5565 Grossmont Center Dr., Suites 354/459, Gentle Dental Grossmont provides expert dental care at an ideal neighborhood location in La Mesa, CA.

Highly trained to offer the latest in modern dental care, our experienced team of local dentists offers a comprehensive list of services, including preventative and restorative treatments, endodontics, oral surgery and orthodontics. We also provide gentle pediatric dentistry, along with teeth whitening, dentures, veneers, inlays and onlays, ceramic free crowns and bridges, bone augmentation, root canals, teeth whitening, dental implants, treatments for periodontal disease, emergency dentistry, and geriatric dentistry.

At Gentle Dental Grossmont, our general and cosmetic dentists, hygienists, and assistants are committed to providing honest communication, along with gentle procedures that improve your dental aesthetics and preserve your oral health.

To maximize affordability, we accept all major PPOs, while offering reduced costs for patients without insurance coverage. We also offer convenient financing options, so you can acquire a payment plan that works best for your personal budget.

If you are looking for a considerate, experienced local dentist in La Mesa, Gentle Dental Grossmont is the only name you need to know. Schedule a cleaning, consultation or treatment with our friendly and professional local dental staff, and discover the smart choice for gentle, knowledgeable dental care in La Mesa, California.

Meet The Team

WHO WE ARE

  • Ali Pootrakul

    Ali Pootrakul

    D.D.S., M.D. Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

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  • Haris Lakisic

    Haris Lakisic

    DMD, Endodontics

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  • Kory McHenry

    Kory McHenry

    D.M.D., M.S. Orthodontics

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  • Mohammed Kadhem

    Mohammed Kadhem

    D.M.D., General Dentist

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  • Nasim Saeedi

    Nasim Saeedi

    D.D.S., General Dentist

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  • Stephen Kallaos

    Stephen Kallaos

    D.D.S. Periodontics

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Reviews

SEE WHAT OUR PATIENTS HAVE TO SAY!

4.9 /5
381 reviews
Google
5.0/5
Oct 14, 2019
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I had a great experience at Gentle Dental, on 10-14-2019. I especially enjoyed the service of the following employees: Simon, Victoria and Ellie. They all did wonderful work! Thanks, Kat
Gentle Dental Grossmont replied on Oct 15, 2019:
Katherine Katsanis-semel, thank you for your kind review; we are happy to pass along your comments to the team here at Gentle Dental Grossmont!
Google
5.0/5
Sep 21, 2019
Google Gentle Dental Grossmont
Cindy the office manager took the time to explain why I receive multiple texts regarding my appointment. Now I know I actually need to respond to the text so that the system will stop the texting and the callings. Jessica did an excellent job cleaning my teeth and Diana provided excellent service while taking x-ray.
Google
5.0/5
Sep 4, 2019
Google Gentle Dental Grossmont
I am so grateful for Dr. Sahidi's gentle and efficient touch yesterday! I have a big fear of Dentists & needles, so there's a lot of anxiety for me, in going to the dentist, even though I trust and appreciate the staff here. She was very understanding, quick & let me know what she was doing as she worked to fix an old filling - with no novicane OR pain. I recommend this office anyway, but they obviously have a new star on their team! ☺
Google
5.0/5
Aug 10, 2019
Google Gentle Dental Grossmont
This place is amazing!!! From the front desk to the doctors and all the techs and assistance! Everyone, not matter how busy it was, everyone kept a smile on their face and enjoyed their time with each person who they were caring for. My fiancée had an emergency tooth removal, and they made it so easy, breezy,... and believe or not, enjoyable. Thank you Dr. Ali, you did an amazing job! And Cindy, you are a superwoman, running around like a mad woman but still having so patience and having a great attitude! Eddie, you were just incredible! I’m a huge worry wart and every time you were around I felt like I can breathe! See you all soon! Thank you again!
Gentle Dental Grossmont replied on Aug 12, 2019:
Dear Stephanie Miranda, Thank you for taking the time to post your kind words about our staff. We are excited to share this with the team. At, Gentle Dental Grossmont, it means a lot to us to know you had a great experience and we look forward to seeing you on your next visit.
Google
5.0/5
Aug 7, 2019
Google Gentle Dental Grossmont
I am terrified of dentists but a toothache forced me to make an appointment. Gentle Dental seemed like a reasonable choice so i made an appointment. Every staff member i interacted with was stellar. Jessica at the front is so caring and Maria the RNA took such great care of me...she stayed by my side and walked me through my entire exam and procedure. A gem for sure! Highly recommend!
Gentle Dental Grossmont replied on Aug 8, 2019:
Dear Sherry Pendray, Thank you for taking the time to post your kind words about our staff. We are excited to share this with the team. At, Gentle Dental Grossmont, it means a lot to us to know you had a great experience and we look forward to seeing you on your next visit.
Facebook
5.0/5
Aug 6, 2019
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I hadn't been in 13 years and the whole staff was very patient with me. ellie did a great job on the cleaning and was constantly asking if I was ok whenever I'd flinch. wayyyyy better than I expected it to go
Gentle Dental Grossmont replied on Aug 8, 2019:
Dear Jon-paul Jacob Zampetti, Thank you for the wonderful feedback. At the Gentle Dental Grossmont, we are glad that the team has put you at ease and taken great care of you during your visit. Your review means a lot to us and we look forward to seeing you at your next visit.
Facebook
5.0/5
Aug 1, 2019
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I never post reviews but I wanted to post my experience with Gentle Dental. Last year they performed my Daughters wisdom tooth removal and did a fantastic job! She and I went back again yesterday for crowns and cleaning and again they were phenomenal. The staff is amazing, very helpful and personable. Dr did a wonderful job, is very caring and informative. This will now be my Dentist of choice and highly recommend going here. Very happy with the service we received!!!!
Gentle Dental Grossmont replied on Aug 2, 2019:
Your recommendation means so much to us and we're so happy to have earned it. Thank you for taking the time to let the world know about your positive experience. Have a great day!
Google
5.0/5
Jul 26, 2019
Google Gentle Dental Grossmont
(Translated by Google) Groosmon dental people is a place that I recommend 100% the kindness and kindness with which I was treated I loved it! It is a clean place, and with people who receive you and treat you with a lot of patience and respect. (Original) Gente dental groosmon es un lugar que recomiendo 100% la amabilidad y gentileza con la que fui tratada me encantó! Es un lugar limpio,y con personas que te reciben y te tratan con mucha paciencia y respeto.
Gentle Dental Grossmont replied on Aug 27, 2019:
(Translated by Google) Hi Francisca Benjamin, we are very happy to have provided you with such a positive experience! Your recommendation means a lot to us and we are very happy to have won it. Thank you for taking the time to let the world know about your positive experience. Have a great day! Hi Francisca Benjamin, we are very happy to have provided you with such a positive experience! Your recommendation means so much to us and we're so happy to have earned it. Thank you for taking the time to let the world know about your positive experience. Have a great day!

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Hola Francisca Benjamin, ¡estamos muy felices de haberte brindado una experiencia tan positiva! Tu recomendación significa mucho para nosotros y estamos muy contentos de haberla ganado. Gracias por tomarte el tiempo para hacerle saber al mundo sobre tu experiencia positiva. ¡Que tengas un gran día! Hi Francisca Benjamin, we are very happy to have provided you with such a positive experience! Your recommendation means so much to us and we're so happy to have earned it. Thank you for taking the time to let the world know about your positive experience. Have a great day!
Gentle Dental Grossmont replied on Aug 27, 2019:
Hola Francisca Benjamin, ¡estamos muy felices de haberte brindado una experiencia tan positiva! Tu recomendación significa mucho para nosotros y estamos muy contentos de haberla ganado. Gracias por tomarte el tiempo para hacerle saber al mundo sobre tu experiencia positiva. ¡Que tengas un gran día!


Hi Francisca Benjamin, we are very happy to have provided you with such a positive experience! Your recommendation means so much to us and we're so happy to have earned it. Thank you for taking the time to let the world know about your positive experience. Have a great day!
Google
5.0/5
Jul 11, 2019
Google Gentle Dental Grossmont
I have a great fear of dentistry, so when my tooth broke and my own dentist didn't have an opening for a month, I worried. Luckily I found Gentle Dental. Dr. Kadhem and his assistant Juan were SO VERY PATIENT with me. I have to use nitrous and Dr. Kadhem would work for a little, right to the edge where I thought I might start to hyperventilate and then take a break, help another patient, then come back. It worked so well for me. When I went back for the crown, I was crying and they were AGAIN super super nice. I highly recommend this team.
Gentle Dental Grossmont replied on Jul 12, 2019:
Dear Monica Jorgensen, Thank you for the wonderful feedback. At the Gentle Dental Grossmont, we are glad that the team has put you at ease and taken great care of you during your visit. Your review means a lot to us and we look forward to seeing you at your next visit.
Google
5.0/5
Jul 3, 2019
Google Gentle Dental Grossmont
I've been coming here for 2 years and even when I dont enter with a smile i always leave with a smile . 😊 very great service
Gentle Dental Grossmont replied on Jul 3, 2019:
Sam Sanchez, your satisfaction is our top priority.
Facebook
5.0/5
Jul 3, 2019
Facebook Gentle Dental Grossmont
Everyone from the first person at the desk all thru the team were friendly and made you feel welcome. I was so nicely treated thru several treatments including filling, root canal, deep cleaning, crown prep and fitting were all done professionally and with consideration for my understanding and comfort were paramount. If you are at all nervous with dental treatments this is the place to be. Also the back office and helping setup payments never made you feel pressured or poorly thought of. It’s a very popular practice and I looked at the different patients there and they were young all the way to retired people. I very much recommend you make an appointment with this group. I wanted to add to my review. I went in today to have 3 crowns seated. Dr. Kadem and Maria did an awesome job. The thing that I love is I don’t feel I’m just the next person in line. They are so gentle and take time and care and talk to you about things you can do. They discuss a plan to take care of your mouth including making appointment while you are there for what you will need. I recommend to everyone they go in to see them and start your own dental heath path!
Gentle Dental Grossmont replied on Jul 10, 2019:
Dear Karan Mahaffey, Thank you for the wonderful feedback. At the Gentle Dental Grossmont, we are glad that the team has put you at ease and taken great care of you during your visit. Your review means a lot to us and we look forward to seeing you at your next visit.
Gentle Dental Grossmont replied on Jul 10, 2019:
Dear Karan Mahaffey, Thank you for the wonderful feedback. At the Gentle Dental Grossmont, we are glad that the team has put you at ease and taken great care of you during your visit. Your review means a lot to us and we look forward to seeing you at your next visit.
Facebook
5.0/5
Jun 20, 2019
Facebook Gentle Dental Grossmont
First time here and I must say I'm so please. From the staff to the Dentist great customer service. I was treated with respect and they told me everything they were doing . Great job Gentle Dental. I want to point out how helpful Cynthia was
Gentle Dental Grossmont replied on Jun 27, 2019:
Dear Cynthia Boss Laday Warren, Thank you for taking the time to post your kind words about our staff. We are excited to share this with the team. At, Gentle Dental Grossmont, it means a lot to us to know you had a great experience and we look forward to seeing you on your next visit.
Facebook
5.0/5
Jun 19, 2019
Facebook Gentle Dental Grossmont
Doctors and front desk girls are awesome!
Gentle Dental Grossmont replied on Jun 25, 2019:
We appreciate your positive review about your recent experience with us!
Facebook
5.0/5
Jun 14, 2019
Facebook Gentle Dental Grossmont
Gave my daughter an awesome experience! The entire staff was very friendly and professional. My 4 y/o CANNOT WAIT for her next check up 😊
Gentle Dental Grossmont replied on Jun 14, 2019:
Angela Austin, thank you for your kind words and this wonderful review!
Google
5.0/5
Feb 23, 2019
Google Gentle Dental Grossmont
An update: 5 Stars to Dr. Lee and his team. The natural looking, and feeling dental spacers truly a confident booster. Thank you Team Gentle Dental for helping me keep my natural and now healthier smile. I give Gentle Dental this rating, because they go the extra mile. I switched to #GentleDentle nearly 2 yrs ago, and I'm happy I did. Since being with GD they've help me re-learn good dental healthcare practices, help me find financial support, dealt with my fear of dental care, and just allowed me to be me. I appreciate everyone, but I have my favorites , which is Jessica(the best Dental Hygienist Ever), and the Account Manager M's. Mendoza. Thank you guys for working with me!!!!!
Gentle Dental Grossmont replied on Feb 25, 2019:
Dear Mia Broadnax, Thank you for taking the time to post your kind words about our staff. We are excited to share this with the team. At, Gentle Dental Grossmont, it means a lot to us to know you had a great experience and we look forward to seeing you on your next visit.
Google
5.0/5
Dec 19, 2018
Google Gentle Dental Grossmont
Checked in with Stephanie R and I had lost all my paperwork to check in. She happily helped me out and gave me no grief. Great way to start out a dentist appointment! Thanks!
Gentle Dental Grossmont replied on Jan 8, 2019:
Dear Ross Baillargeon, Thank you for taking the time to post your kind words about our staff. We are excited to share this with the team. At, Gentle Dental Grossmont, it means a lot to us to know you had a great experience and we look forward to seeing you on your next visit.
Google
5.0/5
Nov 21, 2018
Google Gentle Dental Grossmont
dr kadhem is wonderful, great chair side manners and great discussion of problems and options with my teeth.
Facebook
5.0/5
Nov 5, 2018
Facebook Gentle Dental Grossmont
Best customer service ever ! The staff treat you like family and they explain everything. I brought my daughter here and she was so comfortable and not scared at all. they live up to the name Gentle. I never knew that going to the dentist could be this easy. Thank you Gentle Dental.
Gentle Dental Grossmont replied on Dec 11, 2018:
Hi Cristina Ancheta, we are very happy to have provided you with such a positive experience!
Google
5.0/5
Oct 30, 2018
Google Gentle Dental Grossmont
Stephanie in the reception area was amazing. She went out of her way to help me with my confusing insurance plan. She was friendly, professional but and welcoming and I left with all of my questions answered and my problem resolved.
Google
5.0/5
Oct 15, 2018
Google Gentle Dental Grossmont
Had my first visit today and was having problems with insurance. Joanna and Stephanie were amazing! They went above and beyond to help me. Would 100% recommend
Gentle Dental Grossmont replied on Oct 18, 2018:
Hi Shane Pollard! We're so happy we were able to help you out!

General Dentistry

Our general dentistry services take care of the daily dental needs of you and your family.
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  • Preventative Services
  • Restorative Services
  • Emergency Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

Our cosmetic services include a variety of treatments for patients looking to enhance their smiles.
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  • Teeth Whitening
  • Dentures & Partials
  • Veneers
  • Inlays & Onlays
  • Crowns & Bridges
  • Implants
  • Bone Augmentation

Specialty Dentistry

Our extensive network of neighborhood practitioners make it easy to find dental specialists.
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  • Orthodontists
  • Endodontists
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Periodontists
  • Prosthodontists

Pediatric Dentistry

Our pediatric services include a variety of treatments and specialties for patients looking to enhance their smiles.
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Insurances We Accept

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.

DELTACARE PMI HMO
DELTA CA-PPO
MET SAFEGUARD HMO
METLIFE PPO
UHC-DBP HMO
DHS HMO
CA DENTAL NET HMO
MDG-MDC GUARDIAN HMO
CIGNA HMO
CIGNA PPO
HEALTHCOMP
UCCI CONCORD PLUS HMO
ACCESS DENTAL HF/HMO
ANTHEM B/C CA HMO
AETNA DMO
LIBERTY DENTAL HMO
CONVERSION
UCCI TRICARE / FMDP
UHC-PACIFICARE HMO
UNITED CONCORDIA PPO

...and many more.
Call to see if your insurance is covered!

(619) 202-1091

Questions about Insurance?

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.

About Payment

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.

Our In-House Discount Plan – The Gentle Dental Plan

For more details or to enroll, visit: www.gentledentalplan.com or call 1(800) 903-2532.
You can also enroll at one of our locations.

Flexible Financing

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:

  • Low down payment and no interest1
  • No money down and no interest2
  • Extended terms up to 48 months at 14.9% promotional interest rates3

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.

  1. Valid photo ID and checking account, credit card or debit card required.
  2. On approved credit. For promotional purchases over $300 if paid in full within promotional period. If promotional purchase is not paid in full within promotional period, interest will be imposed from the date of purchase at 26.99% APR.
  3. On approved credit. For promotional purchases over $1,000. Fixed monthly payments based on repayment over 24, 36, or 48 month period.

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Our experienced Dental Professionals use the latest techniques to be as gentle as possible.

Gentle on Your Wallet

We accept most insurance plans, have a discount plan for those without, and offer flexible payment options.

Gentle on Your Schedule

We make your life easier with convenient hours including evenings and weekends.

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