Santa Monica Bay Dental
Sahar Shafi, DDS:
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Santa Monica Bay Dental
Sahar Shafi, DDS
Santa Monica, CA













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

Dental cleaning

White fillings


Inlays & onlays


Clear aligners

Porcelain veneers

Teeth whitening

Dentures & partials

Root canal treatment

Tooth extraction

TMJ treatment

Dental implants


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes


Monday: 8:00 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: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





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

Claire C. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


Thanks to Dr. Shafi, I finally have all four wisdom teeth removed and the whole experience was so much better than I had anticipated. I had put off removing my wisdom teeth for four years and really didn’t I would ever work up the courage to have the procedure done. Thankfully, I met with Dr. Shafi and liked her immediately. You can’t help but feel like you’re in good hands with her. She is easy to relate to and explains how your teeth and gums work thoroughly and clearly. During my recovery period, I called Dr. Shafi after office hours to ask a question, and she was so friendly and able to explain exactly what was going on without even needing to look in my mouth. Dr. Shafi really cares about your well-being and I trust her completely for any future dental procedures.

Nazli Ghalehsari (Source: Google)


Dr. Shafi is talented, amazing, sweet, caring, thoughtful and she makes you feel SAFE ! I have had extractions, bone grafts surgery and recently implant done with her!! Very satisfied! I am so lucky to have found such an amazing periodontist like Dr. Shafi. I need to add that her assistant, Angel is an “angel” . She’s the best! And they’re awesome team together!

Uzayr H. from Simi Valley, CA (Source: Yelp)


My diabetic mother suffered from severe tooth and gum decay to the point that we’ve had to seek the treatment of several periodontists. We’ve been going to offices in Beverly Hills, to Brentwood, to Simi Valley, and finally we found Dr. Shafi’s office in Santa Monica. Out of all of the periodontists we’ve seen, Dr. Shafi is truly the most skilled, professional, intelligent, and caring dental professionals that we’ve had the pleasure of seeing. She took the time to explain every single detail, insisting that I take look at pictures, models, and xrays before any procedure was performed. She took care of my mother as if it were her mother on the chair. There’s an overwhelming sense of empathy in her demeanor, the likes of which I haven’t seen in any medical professional. My mom was repeatedly told that her teeth were not savable and that she was a lost cause. Dr. Shafi proved them wrong. Not only did she save my mother’s teeth, but dramatically turned around my mother’s overall oral health. And on top of that, she did it all less than what all of the other periodontists were attempting to charge us. Side note – She also a lecturer at UCLA in her spare time. From conversations with her, it’s clear that she keeps up with the most recent innovations and procedures in her field. The C.V. on extremely long C.V/accomplishments. The rest of the 5 star reviewers would agree: Dr. Shafi really is life-changing.

Aasim K. from Santa Monica, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr Shafi is amazing. Since moving to LA 3 years ago she has been my go to dental professional. She has an amazing bedside manner and is extremely methodical with everything she does. In December 2013 I had my final wisdom teeth removed with Dr Shafi and it was one of the best procedures I’ve had – relatively painless, quick recovery, and excellent follow up from her and her office. She has a natural sense of caring that exudes into her practice. I highly recommend her.

Nb 3 (Source: Google)


Excellent service and facilities. Dr. Shafi explained her diagnosis of my issues clearly and concisely. Dr. Shafi also described the surgical procedure before during and after the process. Dr. Shafi successfully fixed my periodontal issues and has always followed up to be sure I was practicing good gum hygiene.

Grace M. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


If I could give Dr. Shafi TEN stars I would. She is far and away the best medical professional I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I had severe gum recession on the back of my front bottom teeth – a very difficult place to try and place a graft – and Dr. Shafi did an INCREDIBLE job. The graft was pretty much painless and has healed beautifully. These types of placements are always very chancy but it looks perfect and even better, it has saved my front teeth! Throughout the procedure my comfort was her first priority and she always made sure to explain everything she was doing and made sure I understood my part in the process, taking time to explain how I should be brushing, flossing, and basically giving me a whole new education in oral care! Although I couldn’t be happier with my treatment that’s not the thing I value most about Dr. Shafi. What I found most impressive was her total honesty. Dr. Shafi took great time to explain to me why I have the recession and what needed to be done immediately and what could wait – she only wanted to do what was absolutely necessary at the time which is a RARE quality to find, as many dentists I’ve found insist you need a mouth full of work immediately if not sooner. I trust her judgment and opinion completely. From the second I sat down in the chair I knew I was in good hands and with someone that was concerned about me and not how much they could bill insurance. As someone who doesn’t have unlimited disposable income – this trust is priceless.

Candido S. from Long Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Shafi is such a great periodontist. I have been terrified for years going to the DDS for years and she completely changed my perspective life and smile around. Her caring nature and professionalism soothed me and she personally checked up on me after my surgery. She is a complete Angel and will refer all my friends to her

Bryan Mitnick (Source: Google)


Dr. Shafi is a brilliant dentist and periodontist and I am honored to write about my experience as her patient. She gave me several gum implants, when my own gums were disappearing. She did a marvelous job and my gums are better than ever as a result. But in addition to being a highly qualified expert in her work, she is also extremely friendly and cares deeply about her patients. I don’t think you could ask for a better combination. Her professional work in treating her patients is magnificent and she is a great human being.

Marla Terry (Source: Google)


Dr. Shafi is by far the best medical professional I have ever dealt with. She is thorough, detailed and explains all dental procedures and issues in a very calm, concise and relatable manner. Dr. Shafi has single handedly eliminated my fear of complicated, extensive dental work.

Kody M. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


Like a lot of people, going to the dentist isn’t at the top of my priority list. Unlike previous dental offices I’ve been to, SMBD made the entire experience painless, literally and figuratively speaking. Everything, from the scheduling process to the procedure itself, was efficient and pleasant. The staff was amazing, and the view is an additional perk you don’t get anywhere else. I am very happy to have found them!

Sharon Armstrong (Source: Facebook)


Best Ever Every one is so friendly Makes going to the dentist a breeze McKenzie is the BEST Take it from a dentist chicken like me …make your appt NOW

Diana H. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


I just left Santa Monica Bay Dental after a wonderful first visit. The culture there is very friendly and relaxed. The dental professionals are all exceptional in their knowledge and skill and all levels work together seamlessly. The work is very thorough and I felt very comfortable that they gave me an honest assessment and didn’t try to up-sell me to get unnecessary dental work. The dental hygienist who cleaned my teeth was Charlotte Angeles, an exceptionally well trained hygienist who do an expert and efficient evaluation and cleaning. It’s a nice sized dental practice with several hygienists and dentists as well as in-house specialists such as an endodontist and a periodontist, making it easier to get all your work done in one place. If you are looking for a great dental practice that makes you feel comfortable and not afraid of the dentist, this is the place.

Sean S. from Santa Monica, CA (Source: Yelp)


I don’t write Yelp reviews… I always intend to and then don’t get around to it. Not this time. A bit of background: I moved to Santa Monica a few years back and was in search of a new dentist. I have veneers and needed to ensure that whoever my new dentist would be, they would take care of my investment. My wife and I started going to Dr. Feist and her team ( I think she was a referral). They are EXTREMELY professional, courteous and punctual. We’re going on year 4 with them with no plans to change. The office is IMMACULATE and tastefully (no pun intended) decorated. The reasons I am writing this: 1) I broke a veneer yesterday mindlessly chomping on an olive. Not fun. I called first thing this morning. They are able to see me tomorrow morning even though Dr. Feist has jury duty. I TRULY appreciate their willingness to accommodate. 2) The online / digital / personal appointment reminders they provide are top notch. I can always count on the office to connect with me to ensure that I am aware of an upcoming appointment. 3) Personality goes a long way. The office culture is exceptional. From ownership across to front desk. Superb and truly appreciated.

Sean M. from Santa Monica, CA (Source: Yelp)


Whether you are orally gifted and never get cavities or you’re like me and require magicians just to keep your smile from falling out, Dr. Feist is the solution. Its been 6 years with Dr. Feist and I can say with sincerity that it has been a pleasure! Best work I’ve ever had done, and I’ve had everyone and their sister in my mouth. But more importantly, its an incredibly fun atmosphere which I daresay you have never heard before with regards to a dentist. Do your mouth a favor and switch your bi-yearly checkups to Dr. Feist.

Shana B. from Santa Monica, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been a patient here for over 10 years and have been very happy. Dr. Lent and his staff are very caring and professional. What impressed me the most was how well they listened to me and then used photos of my own teeth to explain what was going on and the different ways that it could be fixed. It was also very nice to go to a doctor and be seen at my appointed time. All in all this is a very good dental office that I am happy to recomend!

Eriin W. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve recently had to get major dental work done ( crowns) and the service and expertise at Santa Monica Bay Dental was top notch. Not only did their office make the calls to the insurance for me to clarify what’s covered or not, they also worked with me to figure out what works best for me dental wise and financially to ease any stress on my part. Looove my dentist and hygienist too- super knowledgeable, professional, friendly and makes you feel welcome and at ease. This overcomes all my worst childhood memories of going to the dentist. Highly recommend SMBD!

Alessa K. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


It has taken me awhile to find a dentist office that I trust and don’t feel like I’m pressured into unnecessary dental work, so I feel lucky to have found this place. I’ve been going to Santa Monica Bay Dental for almost 4 years and everyone there is wonderful. I’ve seen several of their dentists, hygienists and assistants, and they are all warm and professional. The office staff is great as well. They are very patient while I try to figure out my schedule for an appointment or looking up my insurance benefits and explaining what is covered and what is not. They do their best to make sure you are comfortable and it shows.

Cb B. from Torrance, CA (Source: Yelp)


Great experience today. I’m normally a very nervous patient but from my first call to booking my next appointment, everyone made me feel at ease, almost like they knew me. I even got a $5 gift card for checking in There’s plenty of parking either meter or parking structure (use the meter parking, it’s much cheaper). The office has a modern look to it and they have state of the art equipment. I was diagnosed with needing a filling and they have this new laser that can do the work without giving me a shot. Sign me up!!!! The doctor was very thorough and explained all his finding in detail. Not once did he tell me what to do, instead he made me feel in control. The hygienist lady was also very knowledgable and even showed me how to properly brush and floss. I definitely recommend this dental office

Ken Simms (Source: Google)


If you have some periodontal issues, there is simply no one better to see than Dr. Shafi. Her bedside manner is second to none. One of the best medical professionals I have ever had. She truly cares not only about your dental needs, but about you as a person.

Michelle T. from Malibu, CA (Source: Yelp)


Thank goodness Dr. Shafi opened an office in Santa Monica – and just in time!  I moved to Santa Monica from Washington DC four months ago and shortly after moving here I lost a filling.  I figured it was a routine thing to replace, but when I went to the dentist, he told me it wasn’t and that I would need to see a periodontist.  He also said I could possibly lose my tooth.  I was terrified.  He and Dr. Shafi worked closely together to develop a treatment plan (even met with me together despite different locations).  In their discussions they worked to not only find a plan that could save my tooth, but also save me time and money.   I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Shafi.  If you have any dental anxiety, she’s your savior!  She instantly puts you at ease and takes a lot of time to walk you through exactly what she needs to do and what it will entail.  She showed me pictures, diagrams, explained the various scenarios, etc.  I am not someone who would take time to write a review if I wasn’t so over the moon about my service.  I had my surgery with her TODAY and I feel no pain.  Most importantly, she saved my tooth and all for about a quarter of the out of pocket I was expecting!  I hope for your sake you don’t need to see a periodontist, but if you do, nice to know there is someone this fantastic in the area.

Kimberly P. from Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


I am writing this review with the utmost sincerity. Dr. Shafi is absolutely amazing! I have had a terrible fear of any type of dentist for many years, so much so that I has to take anxiety pills just to walk into a dental office. When I found out I had periodontal disease, I cried because that just sounded like a death sentence as far as I was concerned. But Dr. Shafi is so caring she was able to put my fears at ease and actually give me hope in my condition. She explained everything to me clearly and gave me information that I had never even heard before on how to truly take care of my teeth in between dental cleanings, and even used visuals to show me exactly what to do! She performed multiple procedures which improved my condition tremendously! I continue to see her for post ops and cleanings to make sure I continue improvement. I can honesty say Dr. Shafi cares about her patients. If you are looking for a great periodontist do not hesitate to book an appointment to see her! Going to her has definitely changed my life.

Dee S. from Sylmar, CA (Source: Yelp)


Had a few visits with Dr. Shafi for a procedure I need to get done. I have been avoiding the procedure because it involves removes a minimal amour of bone in my mouth. However, Dr. Shafi has examined me a few times and gone over each step that I will need to do and has made me feel so comfortable about doing it. She is honest, upfront and not pushy at all. Her chair side manner is great and gentle yet confident. Can’t wait to see my outcome!! I will be posting before and after pics soon!

Claire Crollalanza (Source: Google)


This is my second time having a procedure done by Dr. Shafi and it was just as smooth as the first time. She performed a gum graft surgery on me yesterday and everything is going so much better than I anticipated. I had been putting this surgery off for years out of fear but when I found out Dr. Shafi was the periodontist that I could see, I felt much more relaxed about it. The procedure itself went really well and so far the recovery is going well too! She walks you through everything on what to expect and is realistic, but reassuring and calm at the same time. I always feel like I am in great hands when Dr. Shafi is working on my mouth.

Donnie Broxson (Source: Google)


Periodontal surgery is not my idea of a pleasant day, but Dr. Shafi makes it almost enjoyable. She and her assistant Angel were kind and professional, immediately putting me at ease. They managed my expectations throughout the process, kept the discomfort to a minimum and made me feel calm and confident. I have the utmost respect for them and appreciate the positive experience from consultation to post-op. I can’t imagine better.

Pablo S. from West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’m not really your ideal patient, I suffer from TMJ problems so keeping my mouth open for long periods is difficult for me. I can’t believe how easy my appointment was today. I lost a filling a couple of days ago and I was dreading going in to get it fixed. Not only was it painless, it was fast and the results were amazing (see the before and after pics). Dr. Face and his assistant Jennifer are true professionals. The injection was painless and they gave me headphones and cool shades to protect my eyes. Parking was aa breeze and Leilani (the treatment coordinator) processed my benefits for me. I highly recommend Santa Monica Bay Dental.

Sana K. from Clarendon Hills, IL (Source: Yelp)


Getting dental surgery is nerve wracking, but Dr Shafi made the experience as pleasant as can be. The moment I stepped in the office I was greeted by her friendly assistant. When I met the doc she said everything I needed to hear to feel relaxed. Dr Shafi took her time and did an amazing and thorough job. When she was done she clearly explained everything I needed to do for recovery and even checked on me the next day. It’s rare to meet such a caring dental provider. I’m so thankful to have found her!

Lydia Campbell (Source: Facebook)


I came in from out of town. Not only did I feel comfortable (knowing I need some work done), I also felt confident that things will get done with a team that was not only professional but honest and open. With their help, it turns out that I didn’t need as much work as claimed by another office. Worth the trip

Marie Claude F. from Santa Monica, CA (Source: Yelp)


I was new to Santa Monica Bay Dental and had a lot of dental work to take care of! So I spent a lot of time there and it has been the best experience ever in a dental office. First I got to meet Dr. Lent’s father just before he retired! Then Dr. Brett Lent, his son,  took care of letting me know what was the most urgent work needed! His office is state-of-the-art with on-site lab and many other incredible instruments such as lasers, etc. All x-rays are digital and you can see your teeth on the screen, right next to your chair. The entire office is friendly and professional and there are lots of laughs there so people working there are happy and assistants are often humming and singing! Dr. Lent is gentle and lets you know what he does, every step of the way, even when he pulls out that very long needle!!! He gave me a great new smile with minimum pain! The entire exprience was pleasant & I highly recommend this office, you will not be disappointed. Also thumbs up to Nick, the dental technicien, Kelley for teeth cleaning, Magali the humming assistant & all the others I got to meet, thank you to all!

Loftis C. from Playa del Rey, Playa del Rey, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been going to Santa Monica Bay Dental for a couple of years this is the first Dental Practice that I have been to in 30 years that made me want to keep returning, I knew I had found a great office. I always feel welcome when I get to the office and all of the employees go above and beyond to ensure that I am comfortable and make sure that I understand the treatments I am in need of. One thing I really love about this office is the new equipment that they have in-house. I was in need of some restorative inlays and instead of having to make multiple appointments for scans and waiting for a lab to make the inlays Santa Monica Bay Dental was able to prepare the inlay while I was in the chair and place it all in a single appointment. I also had the opportunity to have a filling done with their new laser which doesn’t require anesthesia. I was very glad to not feel anything and when I walked out the door my mouth wasn’t numb and I was ready to head straight to work. Overall this Practice is filled with people who care about your oral health and are always looking for and keeping up with new technologies to improve your experience and save you time. I couldn’t be happier with a dentist and am glad I found Santa Monica Bay Dental.

Nick J. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


Santa Monica Bay Dental is a wonderful dental practice. I would highly recommend dentist  is thoughtful and listened to my concerns. He walked me through several options for treatment. I had a hard time getting numb for my procedure and he made sure that I was comfortable for my entire procedure. If you are looking for a trusted family dental practice consider Santa Monica Bay Dental

Alex J. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


I don’t see how anyone could give these guys anything but 5 stars. The experience is so easy and relaxing. I showed up an hour early and they took me within 5 mins for arriving. The front desk folks are super friendly and helpful. The hygienists are extremely talented, gentle, knowledgable, professional and friendly. The dentists are also extremely knowledgable and personable. The technology in the office is state of the art. My x-rays took about 3 mins total. They never, ever try to push things you don’t need on you like teeth whitening. Plus the views from the chair of Beverly Hills are awesome to look at. I am recommending these guys to my friends completely unsolicited. They offer the best possible dentist experience – hands down. There’s not one thing I would change. I can’t imagine who would give these guys only 4 stars.

Jessica C. from Venice, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Feist is wonderful and the perfect dentist for anyone who has previously had significant issues with their teeth. I suffered a facial injury as a teenager that has resulted in major dental surgeries and other issues throughout my life, so I like a doctor who is sensitive to my experiences and yet who will talk to me like a reasonable, educated adult with options. I am currently in the middle of the latest work – orthodontics, two implants, and bone grafting – and Dr. Feist has been great and helping to breakdown not only the options, recovery, timeline but also the financials. In the midst of it all, we ran into a very serious roadblock that required more surgery and naturally I was very upset over both the extra work/pain and the costs, considering I’m getting married in a few months, so I was a bit teary in the office. A few days later, I received the nicest card of encouragement in the mail with two free movie tickets from Dr. Feist, encouraging me that it will all work out great and to take an afternoon at the movies to enjoy a break from it all. It made my week 🙂 She has great staff who are incredibly competent and friendly, and her equipment is top-notch. I highly recommend!

Christina L. from West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


I first came for a consultation with Dr. Shafi, after my regular dentist referred me for a crown lengthening procedure/surgery. Dr. Shafi was very thorough in explaining what she would be doing, the recovery & my follow up visits for a quick check up. She took her time with me & made me feel very welcomed & at ease about my upcoming procedure. My next visit was the procedure & Dr. Shafi once again explained what we would be doing, the after care & my follow up visit. She was friendly, courteous & warm throughout the entire visit. She let me know that I could call her at anytime, if I had any unusual discomfort or had any concerns. Overall, my visit with Dr. Shafi was very pleasant.

Kim L. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been coming to Santa Monica Bay Dental for a little over a year and I love it! I can’t believe I’m saying I actually enjoy going to the dentist, but they have made all my experiences with them so enjoyable. They make sure that I’m comfortable and are always willing to explain everything they’re doing, which definitely calms my nerves! The office is beautiful and clean and the staff is always so friendly. Highly recommend!

Rick A. from CA, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been coming to Santa Monica Bay Dental for almost 3 years now, and I am always pleased with how smoothly the office runs, how friendly and respectful the staff is, and how painless treatment is! Preventive care is very important to them, and the doctors are always trying to keep treatment as conservative as possible – it seems that the patient’s best interest is at heart for sure. I have had a crown replaced, and many hygiene visits with my hygienist, Charlotte. I always leave confident that I am getting the best dental care. I drive up from the South Bay, so that should tell you how amazing this office is! Definitely worth the drive. Highly recommend.