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Adult and Pediatric Services


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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      $84 Exam & X-Rays

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        To Know Us Is To Love 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



        4.9 /5
        327 reviews
        Apr 7, 2021
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        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!
        Feb 21, 2020
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        Very relaxed experience, staff is super friendly and helpful, good references. Beautiful views of Puget sound
        Jan 18, 2020
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        The staff is friendly and all around amazing! Gentle Dental in Ballard lives up to the name.
        Jul 2, 2019
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        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.
        Jul 2, 2019
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        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!
        Jun 7, 2019
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        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.
        Oct 15, 2018
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        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.
        May 20, 2018
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        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.
        May 3, 2018
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        I love my Gentle Dental in Ballard, such a beautiful, calm waterfront location, and the staff are so sweet, patient, and professional! So reassuring to me that Tres, Lisa, Chris, Dr Bala, are all there again and again for my checkups, they're almost family! Thank you so much for your hard work 🌼!!
        Feb 2, 2018
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        This has literally been the best dental experience I've had in my adult life. I came to Gentle Dental after many years between dental visits because I'd had no luck finding a good provider. Anthony at the front desk was attentive and helpful in scheduling my appointment, and remembered me when I came back months later. Dr. Bara was kind and literally gentle, and being able to look over beautiful views of the water while getting your teeth cleaned is incredible. I've had to switch between three different dental insurance companies, and Gentle Dental had accepted all of them, and worked with me to make sure my treatments were going to be covered. I highly recommend this place!
        Gentle Dental Ballard replied on Feb 12, 2018:
        Dear Rebekah Marquez, 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.
        Nov 15, 2016
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        Dr Susannah was amazing with my 4 year old who was very anxious. My daughter was too scared to get into the chair, but dr worked around it, and cleaned her standing up!
        Nov 10, 2016
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        I have always been very happy with everyone at the office
        Aug 10, 2016
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        I had a great checkup and cleaning here. Beautiful scenery overlooking the bay. The entire building is in the process of renovation after Anthony's Restaurants left the lower levels of this space. Dr. Payne is a genius and all the staff here are sweet as can be. I would definitely recommend them. I found this place via Aetna's DocFind.
        Gentle Dental Ballard replied on Aug 12, 2016:
        Dear John Turman, Thank you for taking the time to post your kind words. At, Gentle Dental 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.

        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

        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.

        CIGNA PPO
        AETNA PPO
        DELTA CA-PPO
        HUMANA PPO

        ...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.

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

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