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Adult and Pediatric Services

We are very excited about our move to our brand-new, state of the art location. Come see us soon!

Hours

Monday Closed
Tuesday 7:00-4:30
Wednesday 8:00-5:00
Thursday – Friday 7:00-6:00
Saturday 8:00-4:00

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

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    Ortho Special

    Braces from $99 Month

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      New Patients

      $84 Exam & X-Rays

      Includes Comprehensive Exam and Full Mouth X-Rays and 1 year membership in the Gentle Dental Smile Plan.

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        To Know Us Is To Love Us

        LEARN ABOUT US

        The Ballard Gentle Dental is on the coast just west of Seaview Avenue Northwest and slightly southwest of the West Marine shopping center.

        With early morning, evening, and weekend hours available, scheduling your dentaldentistry appointments is easy and convenient with Gentle Dental. We accept all major insurance plans, and we also offer payment plans and reduced-cost alternatives for those without dental coverage.

        Our practice offers general dentistry for every member of your family, from infancy through adulthood. Whether you need teeth whitening, fillings, crowns, implants, veneers, orthodontics, periodontics, or oral surgery, our highly experienced staff of dentists and technicians will ensure your comfort. Because our goal is to create lifelong relationships with the patients we serve, our team will treat you with the attentive kindness and respect you deserve.

        Our friendly staff is ready to help you determine what your needs are and to make the procedures as affordable as possible. Call 206-905-4372 to make an appointment today. Our office offers wheelchair access via elevator and convenient onsite parking.

        Meet The Team

        WHO WE ARE

        • Aravind Buddula

          Aravind Buddula

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

        Reviews

        SEE WHAT OUR PATIENTS HAVE TO SAY!

        4.9 /5
        327 reviews
        Facebook
        5.0/5
        Jun 11, 2021
        Facebook Gentle Dental Ballard
        Dr. Payne and his team just moved to a new location on 15th. Go see them! I've only been a client for less than a year but they help address some issues my prior dentist was unsuccessful at.
        Facebook
        5.0/5
        May 27, 2021
        Facebook Gentle Dental Ballard
        Great new location. Same great staff
        Gentle Dental Ballard replied on May 27, 2021:
        Chris, we're happy to hear you had such a positive experience with our team!
        Google
        5.0/5
        May 21, 2021
        Google Gentle Dental Ballard
        New fancy facilities, good dental care and advice.
        Gentle Dental Ballard replied on May 25, 2021:
        We appreciate your positive review about your recent experience with us!
        Google
        5.0/5
        May 21, 2021
        Google Gentle Dental Ballard
        I have been a loyal patient of Gentle Dental’s Ballard location for over 10 years. I started using them because of their proximity to our home. I stayed with them even though we moved because of their personalized patient care, and helpful long-term employees. I’ve consistently had pleasant appointments every time I have received care at their clinic.
        Gentle Dental Ballard replied on May 25, 2021:
        Dear Jen, Thank you for the delightful feedback. At the Gentle Dental Ballard, we are glad that the team has put you at ease and taken great care of you. Your review means a lot to us and we look forward to seeing you at your next visit.
        Google
        5.0/5
        May 20, 2021
        Google Gentle Dental Ballard
        Tracy is amazing there! She has set 5 temporary crowns for me in the last year and a half and she literally does the best job ever making it feel like my normal tooth! She is so kind and friendly! I actually enjoy going to the dentist! Dr. Payne is the fantastic too! Even the receptionist is great! Overall great team!
        Gentle Dental Ballard replied on May 20, 2021:
        Dear Courtney, Thank you for taking the time to post your kind words. At, Gentle Dental Ballard, 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 15, 2021
        Google Gentle Dental Ballard
        The staff, doctor, and assistants do a GREAT job here. They check in often throughout a procedure to make sure you’re doing alright. I’ve never been someone to dread this, but have always considered being numbed at the dentist a necessary evil that, despite the pre-numb gel, always feels like someone is digging around your gums and jaw. This is not the case with a Dr. Payne as I’ve never been more comfortable. The new office is gorgeous, modern, full of light, and spacious. I always have a fun time with everyone here and will be coming back again soon.
        Gentle Dental Ballard replied on May 19, 2021:
        Dear Tina, Thank you for the kind feedback. At the Gentle Dental Ballard, 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
        May 14, 2021
        Google Gentle Dental Ballard
        I have never really felt comfortable going to the dentist but the doc and hygienists are always so friendly and are experts at making the whole experience calming and comforting. I've never felt belittled or guilty/ashamed for not being the best at flossing or having dental issues in general (which has been an issue for me with past dentists).
        Gentle Dental Ballard replied on May 18, 2021:
        Dear Kelsey, Thank you for the kind feedback. At the Gentle Dental Ballard, 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
        May 13, 2021
        Google Gentle Dental Ballard
        I always enjoy my time at this location. The are very attentive and professional and my visits are typically quick and painless. By far the best experience I have had at a dentist.
        Gentle Dental Ballard replied on May 19, 2021:
        Hi Kris, we are very happy to have provided you with such a positive experience!
        Google
        5.0/5
        May 12, 2021
        Google Gentle Dental Ballard
        I felt well taken care of at gentle dental, the front staff, assistants, and doctor were all great. During the procedure Tracie the assistant and the doctor made me feel comfortable, were patient with my questions, and the best part is I felt no pain at all!
        Gentle Dental Ballard replied on May 19, 2021:
        Hi Mario, we are very happy to have provided you with such a positive experience!
        Google
        5.0/5
        May 7, 2021
        Google Gentle Dental Ballard
        Dr Payne and Tracy are so wonderful here! They make every visit pleasant, painless and most importantly they tell you what they are doing every step of the way. I’ve moved to Edmonds but continue to come to this office because of the staff. Thank you!
        Gentle Dental Ballard replied on May 11, 2021:
        Dear Vicky, Thank you for taking the time to post your kind words. At, Gentle Dental Ballard, 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
        May 6, 2021
        Facebook Gentle Dental Ballard
        The people here really care! I had 4 crowns done this year and every one was as pleasant as a dental experience can be. Highly recommend them to anyone plus their new digs are terrific!!
        Gentle Dental Ballard replied on May 10, 2021:
        Hi Penni, thank you so much for your positive comments about Gentle Dental Ballard!
        Google
        5.0/5
        May 6, 2021
        Google Gentle Dental Ballard
        I always have a pleasant experience with the team from Gentle Dental Ballard. The staff is great and you can expect quality dental care here. I was able to get an appointment for a cleaning in their new like location. It's a modern office centrally located with brand new equipment.
        Gentle Dental Ballard replied on May 7, 2021:
        Hi Eloy, we are very happy to have provided you with such a positive experience!
        Google
        5.0/5
        Apr 7, 2021
        Google Gentle Dental Ballard
        Dr. Payne and Tracie are incredible and always make me feel so comfortable and relaxed when I come in for an appointment. Dr. Payne is very informative throughout the entire visit and his sense of humor makes going to the dentist actually enjoyable. The girls at the front desk are always friendly and never fail to remind me when I have an upcoming appointment! I’m excited to see the brand new office they’re moving to in a few weeks!
        Gentle Dental Ballard replied on Apr 8, 2021:
        Hi Sam, we are very happy to have provided you with such a positive experience!
        Google
        5.0/5
        Feb 21, 2020
        Google Gentle Dental Ballard
        Very relaxed experience, staff is super friendly and helpful, good references. Beautiful views of Puget sound
        Google
        5.0/5
        Jan 18, 2020
        Google Gentle Dental Ballard
        The staff is friendly and all around amazing! Gentle Dental in Ballard lives up to the name.
        Facebook
        5.0/5
        Jul 2, 2019
        Facebook Gentle Dental Ballard
        Really nice people and beautiful view!
        Gentle Dental Ballard replied on Jul 8, 2019:
        Hi Leanne Brown, we are very happy to have provided you with such a positive experience!
        Google
        5.0/5
        Jul 2, 2019
        Google Gentle Dental Ballard
        Gentle Dental in Ballard is wonderfully staffed with very caring front desk staff, dentist, and specialists. Family friendly and very helpful with insurance questions. I’ve never been a big fan of the dentist office, but this one has it all and a view!
        Gentle Dental Ballard replied on Jul 9, 2019:
        Stephen Otness, thanks for your praise and kind comments about our team.
        Google
        5.0/5
        Jun 7, 2019
        Google Gentle Dental Ballard
        I come here regularly for my cleanings and the staff is always professional and quick but never rushed. Plus you can't beat the views of the Sound from the office.
        Gentle Dental Ballard replied on Jun 12, 2019:
        Eloy Zamora, we strive for 100% satisfaction, and it is great to see you had such a positive experience at Gentle Dental Ballard.
        Google
        5.0/5
        Oct 15, 2018
        Google Gentle Dental Ballard
        I absolutely love Gentle Dental in Ballard. The staff is always so amazing and makes me feel like a welcome guest. Chris is the absolute best! She is the main reason I keep coming back here. She is super sweet and very knowledgeable. Anthony was another big reason I keep coming back but has moved to the Everett office, so I'll miss seeing him. Tori was there this last weekend, and she was so sweet. I truly love all the staff here and feel like a valued patient every visit.
        Google
        5.0/5
        May 20, 2018
        Google Gentle Dental Ballard
        I am always completely satisfied with the services provided at Gentle Dental (Shilshole). The Dental Hygienist did a great job of cleaning my teeth and answered all my questions. The Doctor who checked my mouth after being cleaned did a check for any unusual signs or symptoms of oral cancer, which I appreciate very much! Everyone, including the Receptionists are very kind.

        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.

        WASHINGTON DENTAL SERV
        AETNA DMO-PNW
        METLIFE PPO
        CIGNA PPO
        AETNA PPO
        PREMERA BC OF WA
        GUARDIAN PPO
        UNITED HEALTHCARE PPO
        DELTA CA-PPO
        PRINCIPAL PPO
        UCCI TRICARE / FMDP
        UNITED CONCORDIA PPO
        HUMANA PPO
        GEHA - CONNECTION
        HEALTHCOMP
        DELTA WI - SELF INSURED

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

        (206) 569-0517

        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.

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

        (206) 569-0517

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        Gentle on Your Schedule

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

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