Chin H. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)
Never in my life did I imagine leaving a review for a dentist or dental practice. But here I am. Dental Arts Dentistry is the place you want to be if you’re extremely scared of dentists or anyone looking at or poking in your mouth, which I was for a very long time. I grew up not liking to sit in the dental chair. The whir of that metal instrument and the sound of scraping against teeth – yikes and ouch! But after four visits to Dental Arts in the last two months, I can say with confidence my dental phobia is slowly but surely exiting out of my psyche (lol). Met Dr. Han Tak about 15 years ago. Their practice was new at that time, their service was excellent but due to convenience, I went to another practice which turned out to be a waste of my time and resources. That other practice didn’t do much to improve my overall oral health as they were herding patients so fast, and providing dental plans that cost a lot of money with little benefit. I should have just stayed with Dental Arts. Fast forward to 2019, I decided to visit Dental Arts again. Saw Dr. Han again over the Christmas holidays. She provided a complete dental plan with reasonable rates. She explained the procedures patiently and was very professional. By January 2020, I was done with gum surgery by her partner, Dr. Slamat, and I’m definitely on my way to better oral health. What I liked best is that this office did not practice dental shaming. I’ve met so many dentists and hygienists who can be quite rude. Dental shaming is when they look at you with disdain after they have a first glance at your mouth. Dental shaming is when they give you that clucking of their tongue telling you in so few words but with expressive non-verbal cues how horrible you are for not taking care of your teeth. Why pay hundreds, or thousands, of dollars only to be shamed like this? Frankly, I never went back to those other practices after the dental shaming. Sure, I wanted to get my teeth cleaned but I didn’t need the shaming portion. Nobody does. Thankfully, there was none of that shaming at Dental Arts Dentistry. Dr. Slamat was very thorough and highly-skilled in his work. I was very nervous but he was able to work expertly while at the same time, effectively helping me manage my anxiety. He actually made the appointments fun. He explained the procedures very well and he was not in a hurry to run off to the next patient. I’m really pleased with the gum surgery – again, never in a million years did I think I can actually say that. There is minimal wait time at their office during appointments. They are also very responsive to text messages, in case of any dental issues or emergencies. The dental assistants were quite friendly and knowledgeable – shoutout to Cindy and Walter! Cindy was a wonderful dental assistant as she was very careful not to poke too much during those 2-hour gum surgery sessions. I really appreciate that, too. Overall, Dental Arts is a small practice but they take very, very good care of their patients. I hope the service continues to be excellent over the years.