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Extended Hours
Experienced Dentists
Adult and Pediatric Services

Hours

Monday 8:00-5:00
Tuesday 8:00-5:00
Wednesday 8:00-5:00
Thursday 8:00-5:00
Friday 8:00-5:00
Saturday Closed

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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

Conveniently located at 645 9th Street NW #110, Gentle Dental West Salem caters to patients living in and around Salem, Oregon, including Highland, Grant, and South Central. 

At Gentle Dental West Salem, we take a patient-first approach with friendly and convenient dentistry options. We pride ourselves on building relationships for life with our patients by providing a great patient experience, service excellence for all your dental needs, and education to help maintain good oral health and overall well-being. 

Our skilled team of dentists provide gentle, compassionate, and personalized family dentistry for patients of all ages, including children’s and teen dentistry. Using new technologies and the latest techniques, we can help you with all types of general dentistry, orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, periodontics and endodontics, oral surgery, teeth whitening, and more.

Since many patients are concerned with the appearance of their smiles, we also offer comprehensive cosmetic dental procedures. This includes effective whitening treatments and durable veneers that look completely natural, as well as traditional orthodontics and Invisalign clear aligners to straighten your teeth.

To make your life easier, our office has flexible hours, including early mornings, evenings and Saturdays for your convenience. In addition, we accept most insurance plans and offer our Gentle Dental Smile Plan for those without insurance. This plan provides low cost preventive and diagnostic care and discounts of 20% or more on all dental treatment. To maximize affordability, we also have payment plans available as needed.

Stop in and see us at 645 Ninth Street NW, Suite 110 in Salem, Oregon. We are located next to the Pointe at Glen Creek, close to Gilgamesh Brewing. Our office also has convenient, handicap-accessible parking. To set up an appointment or for further assistance, please call us at 971-900-5598. One of our friendly staff members will be happy to speak with you.

Meet The Team

WHO WE ARE

  • Sayij Makkattil

    Sayij Makkattil

    B.D.S., M.D.S., M.S.D. Periodontist

Reviews

SEE WHAT OUR PATIENTS HAVE TO SAY!

Google
5.0/5
Jun 23, 2021
Google Gentle Dental West Salem
This is a great place, Very friendly and professional.
Gentle Dental West Salem replied on Jun 30, 2021:
Thank you for taking the time to let us know how we did. We hope you have a great day!
Google
5.0/5
May 19, 2021
Google Gentle Dental West Salem
So glad I was able to get in to see Dr. Rachel Means so quickly (due to a cancelation) and she diagnosed the problem & took care of my painful, infected tooth right away. I was so grateful and blessed by her professional expertise as well as her friendly demeanor. All of the office staff were extremely helpful, as well. I'm very happy that I went to West Salem Gentle Dental.
Gentle Dental West Salem replied on May 27, 2021:
Dear Melody, 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 West Salem, 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
May 6, 2021
Google Gentle Dental West Salem
Amazing experience! Everyone was amazingly friendly, helpful. I'm so happy we switched over to West Salem.
Gentle Dental West Salem replied on May 7, 2021:
Dear Susan, Thank you for taking the time to post your kind words. At, Gentle Dental West Salem, 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
May 4, 2021
Google Gentle Dental West Salem
Highly recommend!!!
Gentle Dental West Salem replied on May 5, 2021:
Thanks for the recommendation, and have an amazing day!
Facebook
5.0/5
Apr 15, 2021
Facebook Gentle Dental West Salem
My appointment an amazing experience! I haven't ever been treated so nice in a dental office or any medical/ dental clinic ever! The staff are so genuinely comforting and friendly!my experience a I highly recommend this clinic!
Gentle Dental West Salem replied on Apr 23, 2021:
Dear Sherry, Thank you for taking the time to post your kind words. At, Gentle Dental West Salem, 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
Apr 11, 2021
Google Gentle Dental West Salem
Really great dental office. I have always enjoyed my time here because I trust their work and always know I am in good hands. Highly recommend 10/10.
Gentle Dental West Salem replied on Apr 15, 2021:
Hi Olga, we are very happy to have provided you with such a positive experience!
Google
5.0/5
Apr 5, 2021
Google Gentle Dental West Salem
Best dental office I have ever 😁😁
Gentle Dental West Salem replied on Apr 5, 2021:
Thank you for taking the time to let us know how we did. We hope you have a great day!
Google
5.0/5
Mar 9, 2021
Google Gentle Dental West Salem
After many years of being unable to go to the dentist due to financial reasons, I’ve recently been able to start get in and try to play catch up. Along with that, comes loads of issues for this place to work on fixing for me. Every staff member I’ve encountered whether it be the hygienist, receptionist, techs, dentist themselves, each employee has made me feel welcomed and safe. I’ve got a lot of anxiety and sensory issues accompanied with the anxiety, and extremely sensitive teeth, I’m sure it all makes for a not so awesome time for them, however, the team has gone out of their way, above and beyond to make sure I am comfortable, and doing well every single appointment regardless of what we’re doing. This is really a wonderful office to go to, there’s one closer to where I live, but I could never switch now. I’m very grateful for this whole crew! I wish I could give 20 stars! They’re great!
Gentle Dental West Salem replied on Mar 9, 2021:
Dear Crystal, 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 West Salem, 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
Feb 24, 2021
Google Gentle Dental West Salem
Love the doctor and staff there. They are super nice and give the best dental service!!
Gentle Dental West Salem replied on Apr 29, 2021:
Hi Shuwen, we are very happy to have provided you with such a positive experience!
Google
5.0/5
Feb 17, 2021
Google Gentle Dental West Salem
Best experience ever good customer service and good dental place to receive service.
Gentle Dental West Salem replied on Feb 19, 2021:
Humberto, thanks for your praise and kind comments about our team.
Google
5.0/5
Jan 21, 2021
Google Gentle Dental West Salem
I was absolutely blown away by the kindness of the staff at West Salem Gentle Dental. From the moment I walked in Sherryl made me feel welcome. Everyone in the back, Haley, Irine, Dr Means (I hope I got everyone’s name right) treated my husband and I like family. I know I’m forgetting names but being all numb face every time I go in makes it hard to remember everyone. Okay to sum this up, every time I had a visit they knew my name, remembered small details (like I hate mint so they never offered mint flavored anything). They understood my anxiety and made sure I was calm and understood the entire process before beginning. Even as an adult they didn’t care if I wore headphones to stay calm during the procedure. I have never been to a dentist where I felt so much at home. I honestly have avoided the dentist for most of my adult life and to go to this clinic and never not once be judged was amazing. My smile is back because of the entire staff at the West Salem office. Thank you!!
Gentle Dental West Salem replied on Jan 22, 2021:
Dear Heather, 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 West Salem, 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
Jan 13, 2021
Facebook Gentle Dental West Salem
Amazing Staff very polite and professional the office is perfectly sanitized and clean I absolutely love what they did to my teeth this is the best dentist I've ever been to. Thank you so much to all the staff members.
Google
5.0/5
Jan 13, 2021
Google Gentle Dental West Salem
Great staff very polite and professional. The office is perfectly sanitized and clean. The staff members were so sweet and helpful I've never been to a nicer dentist office like this they know what they are doing and are doing it well you can tell they love their patients and job. Thank you for taking such good care of me and my family.
Google
5.0/5
Nov 11, 2020
Google Gentle Dental West Salem
The staff at Gentle Dental in West Salem is amazing!! Professional and efficient, all my concerns were addressed. The staff genuinely cares about their patients!!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE GENTLE DENTAL IN WEST SALEM!! THANK YOU TO THE STAFF THERE!!
Google
5.0/5
Nov 4, 2020
Google Gentle Dental West Salem
Everyone is very friendly. Thorough with checking my insurance and making sure they don’t do things that are not covered.
Gentle Dental West Salem replied on Nov 5, 2020:
Patrick Van Noy, we strive for 100% satisfaction, and it is great to see you had such a positive experience at Gentle Dental West Salem.
Google
5.0/5
Oct 9, 2020
Google Gentle Dental West Salem
They are amazing! Took care of me as soon as possible! I called more then 10 clinics in Salem and the were the only ones available for walk in! Thank you so much for the great service! The whole staff really cares about their patients!!!
Google
5.0/5
Sep 28, 2020
Google Gentle Dental West Salem
Everyone is super nice! The staff makes going to the dentist so much more pleasant. Best dentist office I’ve ever been to 😊
Facebook
5.0/5
Sep 22, 2020
Facebook Gentle Dental West Salem
They have wonderful and kind people working there.
Gentle Dental West Salem replied on Sep 23, 2020:
We appreciate your positive review about your recent experience with us!
Google
5.0/5
Sep 2, 2020
Google Gentle Dental West Salem
Above all, they helped me in an emergency dental appointment. Got me in when no one else would.The front desk employees were very polite and welcoming. The wait was short before taken back to he seen. The environment was clean and organized. The dentist quick and real. She gave options that gave me control of what can be done. I normally would be really apprehensive but she did her job well. I have already recommended this place to others.
Facebook
5.0/5
Sep 1, 2020
Facebook Gentle Dental West Salem
fast super, friendly very informitive. did a great job cleaning my teeth. office was clean. highly recommend
Gentle Dental West Salem replied on Sep 22, 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
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • 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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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.

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.

The Gentle Dental Smile Plan

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.

To sign up or for questions, please visit www.gdsmileplan.com or call us at 800-277-1112.

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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