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We’re now open for dental care. Call us to schedule your next appointment or with any questions. Stay Safe!

Hours

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

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

New Patients

$50 Exam & X-Rays

Includes new patient exam and full mouth X-Rays.

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New Patients

$100 Off Non-Covered Services

New patients only. On services of $300 or greater not covered by insurance.

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Ortho Special

Braces from $99 Month

Flexible payment plans. Including FREE Orthodontic consultation.

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To Know Us Is To Love Us

LEARN ABOUT US

Ideally located at 1111 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite 210, Gentle Dental Desert Dental offers skilled, compassionate dental care for residents living in and near Palm Springs, California.

Because we want our patients to feel more relaxed, our staff works hard to ensure a comforting, stress-free environment. Leveraging cutting-edge technology and today’s latest techniques, our dentists provide a full spectrum of expert services, including restorative procedures, preventive treatments, implants, root canal therapy, bridges, crowns, inlays, onlays, oral surgery, bone augmentation and pediatric dentistry.

To help our patients enhance the appearance of their smiles, we also offer diverse cosmetic dental treatments. This includes modern whitening procedures and veneers that look just like real teeth. For patients with bad bites or misaligned teeth, we offer traditional metal braces. We also offer state-of-the-art Invisalign clear aligners that straighten teeth discreetly.

To help patients schedule their dental appointments around school, work and important appointments, we have a flexible scheduling policy that includes weekends and holidays. We also offer emergency dental service so patients can get timely relief from unexpected issues that might occur outside typical business hours.

To help ensure that every Palm Springs resident has access to skilled dental care, Gentle Dental accepts most dental insurance plans. For patients without any insurance, we offer a valuable Dedicated Dental Plan, which comes with big discounts for preventative care, diagnostic services and specified dental treatments.

If you or someone in your family needs braces, Invisalign, cosmetic procedures or more extensive dental treatment, we can provide convenient financing options, which allow you to divide your costs into affordable monthly payments. Whether you need a cosmetic treatment or timely dental care, you can count on us for affordable treatment, whatever your dental issue, whatever your financial situation.

Well placed on East Tahquitz Way between North Hermosa Street and North Avenida Avenue, Gentle Dental Desert Dental offers a convenient neighborhood location for you and your family. Call our office to schedule a professional examination, cleaning or gentle treatment and discover the smart choice for knowledgeable dental care in Avondale, Arizona.

Meet The Team

WHO WE ARE

  • Ali Pootrakul

    Ali Pootrakul

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

Reviews

SEE WHAT OUR PATIENTS HAVE TO SAY!

4.9 /5
454 reviews
Google
5.0/5
Sep 25, 2021
Google Gentle Dental Desert Dental
Gentle Dental is a very welcoming place, staff is amazing and friendly. I recommend this place for both general and orthodontist. Esteban is very helpful answering all questions. Gentle Dental is the best 👌
Gentle Dental Desert Dental replied on Oct 7, 2021:
Dear Yesenia, Thank you for the kind feedback. At the Gentle Dental Desert Dental, 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
Sep 18, 2021
Google Gentle Dental Desert Dental
Had a very good experience with Ruth the hygienist. She explained the procedures and why they should be done and she was pleasant to talk to.
Gentle Dental Desert Dental replied on Sep 23, 2021:
Valerie, we're happy you found our staff to be so supportive during your experience here at Gentle Dental Desert Dental.
Google
5.0/5
Aug 28, 2021
Google Gentle Dental Desert Dental
I had another wonderful experience at Gentle Dental in Palm Springs yesterday! Janet was very friendly, professional, caring and gentle as she meticulously fitted and installed my new crown. She works so well supporting my new dentist, Jai Narula, another friendly, competent & caring professional in every way! 👍🙂 I highly recommend this office with all of their pleasant and professional staff to anyone seeking the very best in high quality service!
Gentle Dental Desert Dental replied on Aug 30, 2021:
Dear Terry, 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 Desert Dental, 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 5, 2021
Google Gentle Dental Desert Dental
Very nice experience, for a dental exam. I have a dental discount plan and it puts crowns within my finances.
Gentle Dental Desert Dental replied on Aug 6, 2021:
Ken, we are so happy to read such a great review about Gentle Dental Desert Dental!
Google
5.0/5
Jul 30, 2021
Google Gentle Dental Desert Dental
I had the best experience at Gentle Dental, shame on me I can’t remember my dentist name. She’s so sweet and so kind but I’m just bad with names! She’s 29 years old and she’s a wonderful Dentist! I have referred several people to her, the staff, her assistants , everyone was kind and gentle! I don’t think there’s any other Dental office I’d go to!They definitely get five stars from me❤️🤗
Gentle Dental Desert Dental replied on Aug 6, 2021:
Dear Ella, Thank you for the kind feedback. At the Gentle Dental Desert Dental, 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 10, 2021
Google Gentle Dental Desert Dental
I had a very good experience at Gentle Dental. I have gone there for many years and always am pleased with the service I receive.
Gentle Dental Desert Dental replied on Jul 12, 2021:
We appreciate your positive review about your recent experience with us!
Google
5.0/5
Jun 28, 2021
Google Gentle Dental Desert Dental
I had a cleaning done by Emily. She explained everything to me before and after the cleaning. She was gentle and careful and made sure to ask if I had any discomfort through the procedure. Nicest person I dealt with since going attending this office.
Gentle Dental Desert Dental replied on Jul 13, 2021:
Dear Johanna, Thank you for taking the time to post your kind words. At, Gentle Dental Desert Dental, 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
Jun 22, 2021
Google Gentle Dental Desert Dental
great experience...thanks for making my smile bright again! you did a great job with the whitening procedure, no pain.
Gentle Dental Desert Dental replied on Jul 9, 2021:
Hi Celeste, we are very happy to have provided you with such a positive experience!
Google
5.0/5
Jun 19, 2021
Google Gentle Dental Desert Dental
Great Dentist office, orthodontist Dennis Pham is a professional:)
Gentle Dental Desert Dental replied on Jul 9, 2021:
Hi Noemi, thank you so much for your positive comments about Gentle Dental Desert Dental!
Google
4.0/5
Jun 4, 2021
Google Gentle Dental Desert Dental
I have rated this in the past but I will go ahead and rate it again. Yeah I'll go to gentle dental because it is part of my insurance and also it's just 5 minutes away from my home. The front desk staff is very nice and there are some employees that are very qualified however be sure to ask ahead For the cost of the procedures fined out who was going to be doing them if this is a person that you want to have as your regular dentist and try to find out as much as you can Ahead of time and the more information you have the better you will be able to do
Facebook
5.0/5
May 24, 2021
Facebook Gentle Dental Desert Dental
nice staff, good dentist, convenient location
Gentle Dental Desert Dental replied on May 26, 2021:
We appreciate your positive review about your recent experience with us!
Google
4.0/5
Apr 2, 2021
Google Gentle Dental Desert Dental
The doctor is great she is very professional all the staff at the Palm Springs location is fantastic. The corporate office leaves a lot to be desired I would write all the staff a perfect five the doctor and all the front staff at all the staff in the office there. The corporate billing system I would rate is zero
Gentle Dental Desert Dental replied on Apr 9, 2021:
Jock, thank you for your kind review; we are happy to pass along your comments to the team here at Gentle Dental Desert Dental!
Google
5.0/5
Mar 20, 2021
Google Gentle Dental Desert Dental
Started coming here about 2 years ago and I have always had the best experiences thanks to Jasmin! She is such an asset to this company! And also Esteban has been great with his customer service, explaining everything in detail! He is also a great asset to this company! I reccomend this dentist office.
Gentle Dental Desert Dental replied on Apr 15, 2021:
Dear Karina, 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 Desert Dental, 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
Mar 18, 2021
Google Gentle Dental Desert Dental
All the personal who work in the office are very nice and attentive, my dentist she is wonderful a really like her and feel very comfortable with her very knowledgeable.
Gentle Dental Desert Dental replied on Mar 23, 2021:
Dear Xenia, Thank you for taking the time to post your kind words. At, Gentle Dental Desert Dental, 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
4.0/5
Mar 16, 2021
Google Gentle Dental Desert Dental
Janet was awesome to work with a was patient with me to have my partial custom fit.
Gentle Dental Desert Dental replied on Mar 18, 2021:
Joe, we're happy you found our staff to be so supportive during your experience here at Gentle Dental Desert Dental.
Google
5.0/5
Feb 25, 2021
Google Gentle Dental Desert Dental
Dr. Nardeen Malak DDS is so very kind and professional. So glad she is my dentist.
Gentle Dental Desert Dental replied on Feb 26, 2021:
Hi Becky, thank you so much for your positive comments about Gentle Dental Desert Dental!
Google
5.0/5
Feb 9, 2021
Google Gentle Dental Desert Dental
I read all of the negative reviews on Yelp and was nervous about going to Gentle Dental in Palm Springs, but I’m glad I went. I just needed some minor drilling around a filling. They wanted to take x-rays, but I talked them out of it without a problem. The Dentist smoothed out the jagged teeth and I was off! And the best part: no charge!!!! I will come back!
Gentle Dental Desert Dental replied on May 4, 2021:
Randy , we strive for 100% satisfaction, and it is great to see you had such a positive experience at Gentle Dental Desert Dental.
Google
5.0/5
Feb 4, 2021
Google Gentle Dental Desert Dental
I am extremely satisfied with the work and professionalism of Dr. Malek and her Assistant, Jasmine...their expertise and care are exceptional and I would highly recommend them and Gental Dental...Thank you
Gentle Dental Desert Dental replied on Dec 7, 2020:
Hi Bob Crebo, thank you so much for your positive comments about Gentle Dental Desert Dental!
Google
5.0/5
Dec 16, 2020
Google Gentle Dental Desert Dental
Safe check in... on time service... and friendly staff. 👍
Gentle Dental Desert Dental replied on Jan 27, 2021:
Russ, we're happy to hear you had such a positive experience with our team!
Google
5.0/5
Dec 3, 2020
Google Gentle Dental Desert Dental
Dr. Malak and Ruth are so congenial, thorough and friendly. Every visit is a pleasant experience. Thank you Gentle Dental!
Gentle Dental Desert Dental replied on Dec 7, 2020:
We appreciate your positive review about your recent experience with us!

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

Orthodontics

We offer a variety of options to achieve the smile you always wanted.
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  • Invisalign
  • Traditional Braces

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

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
ACCESS DENTAL HF/HMO
ANTHEM B/C CA HMO
LIBERTY DENTAL HMO
UHC-PACIFICARE HMO

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

(760) 552-8794

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.

Don’t see the service you need? Give us a call!

(760) 552-8794

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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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