Jillian K. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)
I haven’t had my teeth cleaned in a while, part of the reason was that I was in college and the other, mostly because I just didn’t have time. I am pretty neurotic when it comes to my teeth- making sure they are clean and healthy by brushing, flossing and using restorative mouthwashes. I have even have had dreams of my teeth falling out all at once! So when I came here yesterday I was a little nervous and really hoping for good news. Island Dental is right on the corner of a busy intersection of Geary and 14th Ave and super easy to get to via the 38 or 38L Muni bus (the bus stops between 14th and Park Presidio). It was a breeze to get to and if you’re coming from downtown, it’s a cinch. The office is above a huge income tax office, just walk up about a flight and a half of stairs and you’re inside. When I walked in the office, I was greeted by probably the friendliest staff I have encountered at a dentist office. The receptionist was really sweet, gave me the clipboard to fill out my information and asked me about my day. I was also just coming off a cold the week before and I was still pretty congested, so I was coughing quite a bit. The receptionist asked if I wanted some water, and pointed to a large glass-front mini fridge stocked with mini water bottles! I was so happy, and this instantly made me feel comfortable. And not to mention this really soothed my cough. A little while later, they called my name and I walked down the hall with the dental assistant who was also really adorable and really friendly. As I made my way down the hall, I looked around and noticed this place was brand new. The paint colors were beautiful and the decor wasn’t your typical “dental office” chachkies- you know, pictures of cartoon teeth, or something ridiculous like an elephant holding a giant toothbrush. This was well-planned space that felt modern and beautiful at the same time. As we rounded the corner to the exam room, the room suddenly opened up to a wall of windows. The room was bathed in beautiful sunlight and I could see the bustling street below. It was fantastic. The entire office is covered in windows actually, but this room seemed to be the centerpiece of the office as it has all of the x-ray equipment. The assistant welcomed me in the room and told me to hang my coat and purse on the wall hook in the corner (they really thought of everything, I swear). Suddenly, I was greeted by Dr. Posert, whose warm and genuine demeanor radiated out to greet me. I felt so comfortable and felt my nerves fade away. She told me that we were going to take full x-rays and that these x-rays were digital and that she would be able to see the results right away and that I wouldn’t have to wait. She even explained that there was 80% less radiation and the fact they don’t have to develop the x-rays means it’s a much greener process too! So cool. I laid down in the chair, which was really unbelievably soft and comfortable (I think it was memory foam). And the assistant put the lead bib on me and began the x-ray process. As she took them, I could see them pop up on the screen in front of me- I really love science and I was so excited to see these (I even took a picture after it was all over). Dr. Posert came back into the room and explained my x-rays. Clean bill of health! I did have a couple problem areas, but other than that I was in good shape. She also did an exam called a “pocket check” where she tested the health of my gums by giving them a rating (anything over a 3 was bad news) but I passed that with flying colors too! Woohoo! Now, on to the cleaning. Everyone’s problem area is right behind their bottom front teeth. I was aware of this because I check my teeth every night before I go to sleep! But she assured me that she would take care of it. She had the assistant take a before picture, and used this little camera on a light wand, and just popped it in my mouth and snapped a photo. This office is seriously high-tech. It’s great! Then, Dr. Posert began cleaning my teeth. She was so gentle that I almost fell asleep three times in the chair! I felt like those hippos you see on National Geographic, where the bird goes inside to clean their teeth and they just sleep while they do it. I loved it. I was a happy hippo. (I also think that the chair added to comfort factor- oh boy was it nice). After Dr. Posert was done, she took another photo of the inside of my mouth. Man, what a difference! I feel like I was given a brand new set of teeth. After my checkup, I was sent off in the same fashion I was greeted. Everyone was so friendly and I even gave Dr. Posert a hug. I will be back! I told my fiance about this place and he’s going to come here for his checkup too. If you’re looking for a place that is convenient to get to with a friendly and professional staff and a soothing atmosphere, this is your place. Bravo Dr. Posert, bravo.