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Gentle Family Dentistry
Jonathan Garger, DMD
Bakersfield, CA

★★★★★

33 REVIEWS
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DENTAL TREATMENTS OFFERED

A list of major dental treatments which I offer my patients:

Dental cleaning

White fillings

Crowns

Inlays & onlays

Bridges

Clear aligners

Porcelain veneers

Teeth whitening

Dentures & partials

Root canal treatment

Tooth extraction

TMJ treatment

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Offers Invisalign®? Yes

OFFICE HOURS

Monday: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesday: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Thursday: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Friday: Closed

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

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Check out what some of our happy patients are saying about us:

Mia B. from Arlington, VA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

Gentle Family Dentistry was everything I always wanted from a dentist but could never find elsewhere. I was absolutely floored by have kind, thorough, and patient every person I encountered at this practice was. They used extremely thorough practices to protect everyone during COVID, and still imparted a feeling of warmth and comfort all the while. The sense of community in the office was palpable. I have had lifelong issues with my teeth, and they were able to answer questions I have had for years and couldn’t get answers for before my visit at this practice. The skill of the staff was so great that even being numbed was barely felt, and I had no discomfort even with large scale dental work being done. I was given very detailed instructions on how to care for the work that was done, as well as how to maximize the health of my teeth going forward. I could tell that every person, from the dentist all the way to the receptionist, were absolute experts in every way. The office was absolutely spotless in a way I have never seen any medical or dental office maintained, which immediately gave me a good impression of their later proven thoroughness and commitment to safety and the highest quality of dental care. I got to watch Netflix while they worked on my teeth, which was a fun and welcome distraction I hadn’t seen any other office do before. This was great especially because of the volume of work I needed. Absolutely stellar experience in every way.

Kelsey Harness (Source: Google)

★★★★★

Called this morning in extreme pain/discomfort and was able to be seen an hour later, even though I wasn’t an existing patient. Dr Garger was kind, apologized for my wait (which was maybe 10 minutes, so nothing I was going to complain about) and had me in and out with antibiotics, pain meds, and a return appointment for treatment when the infection settles down. From the moment I walked in the door everyone here was AMAZING. I paid out of pocket today out of desperation for a quick fix, but will end up staying here for treatment because of how wonderful staff and dr were. Today was not a good day, but I left the office feeling a lot better than when I walked in.

Megan Kathleen Gamble (Source: Facebook)

★★★★★

Gentle Family Dentistry was everything I always wanted from a dentist but could never find elsewhere. I was absolutely floored by have kind, thorough, and patient every person I encountered at this practice was. They used extremely thorough practices to protect everyone during COVID, and still imparted a feeling of warmth and comfort all the while. The sense of community in the office was palpable. I have had lifelong issues with my teeth, and they were able to answer questions I have had for years and couldn’t get answers for before my visit at this practice. The skill of the staff was so great that even being numbed was barely felt, and I had no discomfort even with large scale dental work being done. I was given very detailed instructions on how to care for the work that was done, as well as how to maximize the health of my teeth going forward. I could tell that every person, from the dentist all the way to the receptionist, were absolute experts in every way. The office was absolutely spotless in a way I have never seen any medical or dental office maintained, which immediately gave me a good impression of their later proven thoroughness and commitment to safety and the highest quality of dental care. I got to watch Netflix while they worked on my teeth, which was a fun and welcome distraction I hadn’t seen any other office do before. This was great especially because of the volume of work I needed. Absolutely stellar experience in every way.

Renée S. from Bakersfield, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

OUTSTANDING DENTIST!!! What a professional and kind Doctor. He listened to all of my questions and gave me honest professional advise. I had some treatments done (small cosmetic) which were VERY INEXPENSIVE! But what bang for the buck. My smile is brighter and teeth look beautiful. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Dr. Garger and his WONDERFUL staff to anyone!! Love the cleanings, too. VERY gentle and wonderful gals!

Crystal Hugen (Source: Google)

★★★★★

Dr. Garger’s office is amazing! The staff is ever so kind and you feel welcomed from the minute you walk in the door (seriously fabulous). They are understanding and helpful with patients fears and concerns (gentle dentistry). The equipment is clean and updated. They have flexible hours and the waiting area is nice with TV, coffee and water to serve yourself or for your family member that goes with. Hands down one of the best in town!

Michael H. from Nepean, Ottawa, Canada (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

Hands down – Best Team in California! I’ve had quite the workover from extractions to crowns to partials with Mr. Garger and his team. I did have to move to Tennessee near the end of my makeover but they forwarded my partials here to finish the work. The Doc – If I could, I would have came back for him to finish the work. I’m 56 and had my share of dentists but he took my heavy task on with concern to make things right again and he did! I’m proud of him and his staff! They got good things going on there. Doc’s assistant – I wouldn’t of had any one else! I didn’t get her name but what a great person she is! She was caring, friendly, professional and answered all questions politely! Her concern for me was genuine! Office Lead Manager – Kendall was the definition of “Sweetheart”. From the very first visit, she helped me plan my workover. My schedules and relocating was issues for me but she made sure that they did as much as they could for me until I moved. I will miss them ( and how many folks in their right mind will miss dentists lol) but I will. Seldom are there office teams that sync but they do! The girl that performed the cleanings, she sure does make you at ease! She was the start of the whole process and if the Team was anything like her, I knew I was going to make it! Great days ahead for them! I just wish they all would move here!

David H. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

Amazing!!! Truly Amazing, that’s what best describes the entire Team at Gentle Family Dentistry….. From Dr. Garger, who genuinely cares and is brilliant at his craft, Kayla his assistant which helped me with everything I needed and assists Dr. Garger to perfection!!! The ladies at the Front Desk who control it all make you feel right at home, ( if that’s possible in a dentist office, lol ). Kendall even makes paying the bill less painful….. I wouldn’t be surprised someday to see Dr. Garger even offer pick up and delivery of his patients…… well maybe that’s going to far. Gentle Family Dentistry….. ……… Absolutely Amazing!!!!! Thank you, David Hall Pastor and Local State Farm Agent

Randy (Source: Google)

★★★★★

Well to start if procrastination was a paying job I would be rich. Lost a filling some time back didn’t seem to bother me much so just let it go, it got a little tender one night and when I woke up the next day I had a goose egg on my jaw. Called Dr. Gargers office at 7 a.m. they had me in by nine and taken care of and out by 11 a.m. Hats off to you sir and your amazing crew you people are the best.

Marc Perez (Source: Google)

★★★★★

Going into Dr. Garger’s office is alway fast and easy and never an inconvience. The staff is always welcoming and make you feel comfortable being there. They actually ask me how school and my family are every time I go in for my six month cleaning. Best dentistry office I have ever been to because of their quality service and staff.

Kendel S. from Bakersfield, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

I had a broken tooth and was able to be seen in the same day.  Everyone in the office is amazing.  Very friendly staff.  I also liked how clean the office is and they offer free drinks while you are waiting.  Dr. Garger is very gentle.  The best part is the Netflix.  That made my appointment easier.  Great place to go if you are looking for a new dentist!!!!

Julisa N. from Bakersfield, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

This office is AMAZING!! As I went into the office I was acknowledged right away with a beautiful smile from the front desk receptionist KENDAL. I was very nervous about my visit today, hadn’t seen a dentist in years. As I waited my turn to be called it wasn’t even 5 minutes that had passed and already the Kendal had apologized for the wait and offered us some water or a coffee and if there was anything she can do to make us feel comfortable. This right here shows on how much the patients are cared for before stepping into the back. So here I think WOW 5 minutes, I’ve been places you wait an hour and no one says anything nor recognizes your still in the room. So as I am waiting for maybe a few more minutes one of the staff come to the door calls for my turn. I was greeted by SID with a hand shake welcoming me into the office. Here more nervous than what I was. Right away Sid started off with conversation easing the butterflies in my tummy. Sid was very gentle with and treated me as if I were a family member made me feel comfortable and not to feel embarrassed of anything. As all X-rays were completed and now waiting on Dr. Garger to come in Sid was recommending what were the best tooth brush to use and showing me exactly how to floss getting my gums going. Here again shows the care for patients and taking the time to teach and demonstrate these techniques. Soon after Dr. Garger had came in a very nice soft spoken doctor. As he was checking my teeth he was so gentle making sure he worked around my teeth and not the other way around. He evaluated every tooth so carefully and making sure not to miss any he would also ask his assistant if there were any he missed after he made 2-3 rounds on checking. He did a thorough evaluation on my teeth I was satisfied. I actually was making sure he touched every tooth and I was surprised he would go back a few times just to verify he had evaluated every single one. My visit was complete and I was told to wait for Kendal so that she can explain what is going on. Here comes in Kendal with a page already giving all the benefits and according to the dental work I am needing explanation on what was covered and how much I am to pay out of pocket. I was impressed of what the amount was for everything I am needing to get done. With all this being said and done. I want to recognize both KENDAL and SID for their marvelous services they had provided for me. Explanation on all parts were very detailed I had no questions to ask because of the defined details shown and explained. They treated me with so much care I cannot wait to come back in to see them both. I would highly recommend this office to anyone out there.

Christine Gambrioli (Source: Google)

★★★★★

Dr. Jonathan H. Garger has been my doctor for almost twenty years. When I came to see Dr.Garger i was a hot mess. He has done a wonderful job in fixing my dental problems. His staff has always been caring and always make sure they get me in on any emergency when i don’t have an appointment and i’m not left waiting hours. Also i have never waited for more than 10 mins in the waiting room when i have an appointment. I’m 54 and feel like my teeth are 20. NO JOKE!!!!!!!!!

Helen P. from Bakersfield, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

I can’t tell you how much of a dental-phobic person I am. I have gone to so many dentists who were recommended to me but ended up only adding to my phobia. And then there’s Dr. Garger. From the time I walked in the door until I walked out, everyone was terrific. Kind, gentle, understanding (my thesaurus is running out of adjectives ), I can’t express how wonderful Dr. Garger and his staff are. If you are like me and have avoided the dentist for years (seven in my case) because you’re terrified of dentists, please do your mouth a favor and go see Dr. Garger. I’m not saying your phobia will instantly vanish, but he and his staff will treat you with respect which will do so much to help. Give him a try, you won’t be disappointed!

S G. from San Francisco Bay Area, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

Dr Garger is very good at what he does and has been wonderful. He is very thorough, gentle and knowledgeable. He is very up to date on all the latest techniques and technologies yet isn’t afraid to use tried and true methods if he feels thats the best path for a patient. Highly recommend!!

Lance F E. from Bakersfield, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

I called and spoke to the wonderful office staff back on February 26th 2018. I was in so much pain from a tooth ache they saw me the same day. The staff put me at ease. I do not have insurance and they really worked with me. I felt there number 1 concern was my comfort and the relief of my pain. I will tell everyone just how professional and caring this dental practice is.

Sunny Duncan (Source: Facebook)

★★★★★

I was a certified dental wimp before seeing Dr. Garger and I avoided going to the dentist after I was hurt at one of those group HMO offices by one of those fresh out of school dentists. My co-worker recommended Dr. G as the most gentle dentist that he ever went to, and that was I needed to hear… When I came into his office for the first time, I was struck by how beautiful the office was and how they had this coffee, tea and water available to people in the reception area. Since I was hurting, the girls at the front brought be directly in to see Dr. Garger to get out of pain before I had to fill out the forms! He did some tests and took an x-ray to be sure which tooth was hurting me and after taking my blood pressure, they numbed me FIRST to get me comfortable before having me fill out forms! And the shot didn’t hurt! He had some vibration thing on the syringe that took the sting out! By the time that I filled out the papers, I was hardly hurting at all and They took me back to discuss whether or not I would want to save the tooth. I said that I did, but I still had the crummy HMO insurance and wanted to switch over to a PPO that could allow me to choose my dentist… I was willing to pay cash for today to get out of pain, then come back when I had a better plan. Dr. Garger did a partial root canal that relieved the pain in the tooth and put a large filling in the tooth so that I could come back and have him finish the job once the good insurance kicked in. He did a great job doing the root canal when I returned, and I don’t remember any discomfort since I was given some pills that made me relax as I watched a Netflix show while he worked. He as been taking care of me and my family ever since, and I don’t need the pills anymore! Thanks, Dr. G!

Kendra Cowart (Source: Google)

★★★★★

I was a nervous wreck when I first went to Dr. Gargers office. After my first visit I knew I was going to be satisfied with their service! The staff are friendly and informative and Dr. Garger is patient and kind and gives his patients undivided attention. I have my smile back thanks to Dr. Garger! I highly reccomend Gentile family Dentistry!

Haleigh Stevenson (Source: Google)

★★★★★

This was the best most professional, clean, and nice dental office I have ever been to! The office manager Kendall in the front was super efficient and friendly. I can’t remember the last time I had such a great teeth cleaning as I did from here with Melissa. Literally its a week later and my teeth still feel squeaky clean. Lastly, the assistant Shantel was so awesome. She really took her time to work on my teeth, was very professional, and so gentle on my teeth. She does the BEST work. I am very pleased with everyone at this dental office and I would definitely recommend going there!

Melody M. from Tehachapi, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

HE IS THE BEST DENTIST IVE EVER BEEN TO! State of the art facility.  Had my temporary bridge put in right after my procedure was completed.  I’ve also had my teeth bleached and they came out super white. I dont have a PPO but I will pay cash for his quality of work! Been going to him for 11 years. Crowns, bridge, and many more procedures all necessary and done to perfection!

Christopher C. from Bakersfield, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

After many years of continued dental treatment, I am still just as satisfied now as I was from my first visit. The office is so beautiful and state of the art. I will never get tired of the variety of movies or the ability to pick my favorite show from Netflix as I am receiving treatment. The staff is always super friendly from the time I walk in, till the time I’m making my next appointment and leaving. If you’re still looking for a local dentist, give Dr. Garger and his staff a shot, at Gentle Family Dentistry.

Laura Monahan (Source: Facebook)

★★★★★

Best dentist ever! I was terrified of dentists until I met Dr. Garger. He was very understanding, patient, and compassionate with me and worked with me to give me a smile I can be confident with and to have no pain with any of my teeth. He listens to all of my concerns and is always ready to treat my problems promptly. I am so grateful for his services. I strongly recommend him to everyone seeking a good dentist. Thank you Dr. Garger!

Damian Yocom (Source: Google)

★★★★★

My high schooler had 3 teeth shattered at track practice. I called and they got him in immediately. They spent 4 and a half hours on him. Well past open hours. The insurance has been a headache to deal with and the awesome ladies in the front office have gone above and beyond to help sort it out for me. I highly recommend this dentist!!

Kendel Sonsalla (Source: Google)

★★★★★

Dr. Garger is one of the most patient dentists I have ever met. He truly cares about his patients. The staff is amazing and always has a smile on their face. Everyone is very friendly and the office is very clean. I broke a tooth and was able to be seen in the same day. Have to say was a little scared but they all made me feel at ease. Hands down 5 stars. Great place to go if you’re in need of a new Dentist!!!!!

Crystal S. from Camarillo, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

I just switched to Dr. Garger as my dentist and I have to say the staff is amazing!!  Upon my first visit I found I had a cracked tooth that needed to be crowned.  Because of the horrible experience I had before coming here I was nervous about my visit.   Not only has the staff made me feel very comfortable the procedure was by far the best experience I’ve ever had at a dentist being numbed.  So glad I was referred to this office by a co-worker.  I would recommend anyone to go to Gentle Family Dentistry for their dental needs.

Laura M. from Bakersfield, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

Dr. Garger is an amazing dentist. I have been a patient of his for over 10 years. He always listens to what I need and any worries I may have and he’s always taken excellent care of me. I have had a few unique issues in the past and Dr. Garger has always gone the extra mile to make sure things were the way I wanted them and taken care of the right way. If you’re lucky enough to have this doctor as your dentist, you’ll notice that he truly cares about his patients and his work. I really appreciate that he is always interested in the newest technology and the best practices to do his job. I would highly recommend Dr. Garger to anyone looking for a really good dentist.

Debra M. from Bakersfield, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

I am like most people,I hate going to the dentist! When half my molar fell out I knew I had to see someone. I waited weeks because I was afraid of the pain I knew I was going to have to endure. I met Dr Garger at my job.He is a very happy friendly kind of person that made me like him right away.When I found out he was a dentist,I asked for a business card. He didn’t have any on him ,but said he would be right back. He came back a little later and gave me a card. I called the next day and they were going to get me in that day. I asked if I could come in the next day and they fit me in. I was relieved, because my tooth was starting to hurt alot. When I got to his office he saw me right away. He was so gentle and funny too. After my exam he asked how long it had been since I saw a dentist? It had been awhile. Seems I needed aroot canal and extraction. I had to come back that afternoon. I had alot of work done and he was able to save the tooth he thought he had to remove. That made me happy. I’m going back for my crowns soon and I’m am not afraid anymore. Dr Garger and his amazing staff gave me the best experience I have ever had at a dentist!

K Rase (Source: Google)

★★★★★

After a long period of dentist avoidance and worsening problems I finally had to deal with the pain and swelling. I wanted to see a real modernized dentist with an outstanding reputation. Dr. Garger and his staff sure did provide that. His office was stellar and I immediately felt comfortable. I needed a lot: 1) an extraction of an abscessed tooth, a filling redo, and full x-rays and exam. I honestly did not feel a thing, during the anesthesia injection, the drilling, and the ‘pulling’. I immediately felt relief both physically and mentally. The entire staff made me feel at home! Dr. Garger offers affordable prices, insurance assistance, and a 12 month interest free credit line. Oh, did I mention the doctor’s great sense of humor? That is very pleasant too.

Sonny Duncan (Source: Google)

★★★★★

Awesome Dentist! I was a certified dental wimp before seeing Dr. Garger and I avoided going to the dentist after I was hurt at one of those group HMO offices by one of those fresh out of school dentists. My co-worker recommended Dr. G as the most gentle dentist that he ever went to, and that was I needed to hear… When I came into his office for the first time, I was struck by how beautiful the office was and how they had this coffee, tea and water available to people in the reception area. Since I was hurting, the girls at the front brought be directly in to see Dr. Garger to get out of pain before I had to fill out the forms! He did some tests and took an x-ray to be sure which tooth was hurting me and after taking my blood pressure, they numbed me FIRST to get me comfortable before having me fill out forms! And the shot didn’t hurt! He had some vibration thing on the syringe that took the sting out! By the time that I filled out the papers, I was hardly hurting at all and They took me back to discuss whether or not I would want to save the tooth. I said that I did, but I still had the crummy HMO insurance and wanted to switch over to a PPO that could allow me to choose my dentist… I was willing to pay cash for today to get out of pain, then come back when I had a better plan. Dr. Garger did a partial root canal that relieved the pain in the tooth and put a large filling in the tooth so that I could come back and have him finish the job once the good insurance kicked in. He did a great job doing the root canal when I returned, and I don’t remember any discomfort since I was given some pills that made me relax as I watched a Netflix show while he worked. He as been taking care of me and my family ever since, and I don’t need the pills anymore! Thanks, Dr. G!

K R. from Beaumont, CA  (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

After a long period of dentist avoidance and worsening problems I finally had to deal with the pain and swelling. I wanted to see a real modernized dentist with an outstanding reputation. Dr. Garger and his staff sure did provide that. His office was stellar and I immediately felt comfortable. I needed a lot: 1) an extraction of an abscessed tooth, a filling redo, and full x-rays and exam. I honestly did not feel a thing, during the anesthesia injection, the drilling, and the ‘pulling’. I immediately felt relief both physically and mentally. The entire staff made me feel at home! Dr. Garger offers affordable prices, insurance assistance, and a 12 month interest free credit line. Oh, did I mention the doctor’s great sense of humor? That is very pleasant too.

Mona L. from Bakersfield, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

I had been blessed with health all my life but unfortunately, my dental health was everything but healthy.  As a result, ever since I was a little girl, I frequented dental offices more than I could count. Based on my previous experiences, I dreaded the root canal procedure more than anything else in the world. When Dr. Garger told me that I needed to get two root canals done, I almost broke down in tears. However, today I am so happy to state that Dr. Garger was so GENTLE and proficient with the root canal procedure that in one sitting, without hardly any pain or discomfort, I was done and good to go.  Wow… he certainly changed my paradigm of dentistry.  That was twelve years ago and I am keeping Dr. Garger as my exclusive dentist.   He is the BEST dentist I have ever had!

Ted S. from Bakersfield, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

The office was gorgeous, sith a view of the Kern River, the staff was friendly and knowlegable, the Doctor was friendly, funny and honest, the shots he gave were painless, there was practically no wait, and the insurance estimate was right on…what more could you ask for? Ok, so it wasn’t free, but I checked around the the fees at this office were pretty average for Bakersfield.

Renée Schneider (Source: Google)

★★★★★

I always have the best experience at Dr. Garger’s office. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the level of excellence by Dr. Garger is unsurpassable in aesthetics and comfort! I especially loved that after my treatment was done, he offered to give me an injection which reversed the anesthesia! I was able to move my lips and feel my face within 15 minutes!! (I told my friends about that, and they said that their dentists say there is no antidote ‘you just have to wait it out’ … I told my friends that they need another dentist!!) As a healthcare professional, I applaud Dr. Garger for keeping up with best practices and knowing the current advancements for better patient care and satisfaction! Well done!

Crystal H. from Bakersfield, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

Dr. Garger’s office is amazing! The staff is ever so kind and you feel welcomed from the minute you walk in the door (seriously fabulous). They are understanding and helpful with patients fears and concerns (gentle dentistry). The equipment is clean and updated. They have flexible hours and the waiting area is nice with TV, coffee and water to serve yourself or for your family member that goes with. Hands down one of the best in town!

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