The Gentle Dentist
Melissa Baker, DDS:
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The Gentle Dentist
Melissa Baker, DDS
Worthington, OH













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: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Tuesday: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Wednesday: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Thursday: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Friday: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





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

Marti A. from Columbus, OH (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Baker and her team are highly skilled.  They do superior work on crowns as well as routine dental care in Columbus, Ohio.   Dr. Baker is a caring professional who has improved the dental health of our family.  The front office is friendly and efficient.  They offer discount and teeth whitening programs.  The office runs on time which I appreciate.

Jo Brooks (Source: Google)


I had a dental emergency and called the Gentle Dentist first thing in the morning to see if I could get an appointment. I was not able to but they scheduled me for the next morning and told me they would contact me if they had an opening later that day. I was fortunate to get a call back that afternoon to tell me to come in and they’d take care of my emergency. Everything got fixed up to my satisfaction and I was very pleased. I’ve been to the Gentle Dentist four times in the past year and have been very pleased with the staff and with their procedures. Give them a call and see how they can help you.

Todd Minerd (Source: Facebook)


Best experience indeed. Dr. Baker is very kind and easy to talk to. she truly cares about her patients and well being. Thank you to all the dental assistance and hygienist and staff for amazing job that you do. I am proud to be a patient at The Gentle Dentist. They truly live up to their promise and commitment. 5 stars from me and definitely recommended ☆☆☆☆☆

T L. from Delaware, OH (Source: Yelp)


This is the best practice ever!!  I have trusted The Gentle Dentist with my family for many years.  We have never had a bad visit.  They make every step easy from scheduling to paying.  The highly experienced Dentists and hygienists are thorough and gentle.  The Staff are very friendly.  No other practice can compare.  I highly recommend this practice to everyone.

Tabby Kuckuck (Source: Google)


I had a great experience, but what I loved most was how wonderful they were with my young son. Every person there stopped and talked with him. They made him feel seen/heard and happy to be there. He loves the dentist, and not every place takes such care to give kids a wonderful experience! Employees stopped to play with him in the play area, they spoke to him about everything during his appointment. Can’t say enough positive things!

Rodney H. from Dublin, OH (Source: Yelp)


Fast, friendly, patient-focused.  I wish I were as good as they are with customer service.  First, if you book an appointment, they’ll be ready for you on that date, at that time.  Keep your end of the deal up and show up on time and you’ll be treated as if your time is your time and valuable.  Second, they really do make this as painless as possible in the chair.  You can even watch (or listen) to TV if you’d like.  Third, but not third in importance, they get it right.  I’ve had pretty traumatic tooth injury.  In addition to regular dental work, they take replacement crown, etc. work to the next level and stick with it until they’re satisfied with the results, which for me, was a standard better than I expected or hoped for.  I don’t live or work near their current office but have zero pause in driving to see Dr. Baker and her colleagues in Worthington; they’re that good.

Melissa M. from Columbus, OH (Source: Yelp)


Anyone in Columbus looking for an amazing dentist? I went in yesterday to have a crown put in. They noticed it was my birthday, so they gave me a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Then when I got home, the crown was grinding on my other teeth when I chewed. So I texted my dentist (who gives his personal number to all his patients) and he is coming in today on his day off to fix the crown for me, even tho I told him it could wait. He is with The Gentle Dentist. Never had any pain with them, and never waited more than 5 minutes. AMAZING. I LOVE THEM.

Arielle South (Source: Google)


I had the best experience today! The lady that worked with me today was sooo nice!! Her name is Heather, and she was so cheerful and bright. We were practically laughing the entire time I was there. She was patient with me and super gentle, since I had just come from the orthodontist and my teeth were really sore. I barely felt a thing. She was super funny, and helpful, and she made sure to ask if I was doing okay every once in a while. 10/10! Heather really made my day today. I really loved her attitude!

Sara Deer (Source: Google)


Best dentist ever! They make me and my kids feel so comfortable that my 7 year old doesn’t mind getting her teeth cleaned in the room next to me so we can have appointments at the same time. And my 4 year old likes them so much she wanted an extra cleaning today even though it wasn’t time yet hahaha. I think that says a lot!

Amber S. from Columbus, OH (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been a patient at The Gentle Dentist for 20 years. Everyone – front desk staff, dental assistants and dentists – is nice and pleasant to deal with. They always remind me when I’m due for my next cleaning and confirm (either via text message or phone call) my appointment. They tell you up front no insurance covers the oral cancer ultraviolet light screen test and it’s $50. My insurance usually pays most of the bill but sometimes I still have to pay $6 – $19 which is a bargain for a dental cleaning in my book. (The Gentle Dentist bills me for it afterwards.) My cavity fillings from 20 years ago are still holding up. I had braces as an adult (done by another practice) and I have a permanent retainer. When one of my wires came loose they easily fixed it for me. For the past few years they send a notice to their patients about their free cleaning day in December. With a scheduled appointment on that day, people who can’t afford dental insurance can have their teeth cleaned at no charge. It’s one small way The Gentle Dentist gives back to the community.

Mick T. from Columbus, OH (Source: Yelp)


Headache treatment? Not really something I think about when I visit the dentist, but when I let Dr. Baker know I’ve been having stress headaches and migraines she suggested a round of Botox. I was surprised to learn about this non-invasive, easy treatment available in a dental setting, but Dr. Baker took the time to explain the procedure, process and long-term plan of addressing this issue. I am so, so, so happy to say that after a round of injections, I no longer have the same clenched, muscular headaches. I was waking up every morning with the same pain throughout my jaw and forehead, but it has completely disappeared! I can honestly say I never would have asked my primary physician about something like this, so it’s awesome to know I can combine this type of treatment with my regular dental work. I’m even afraid of needles, but as always, the Gentle Dentist lived up to its gentle name. A painless procedure made everything better. Thanks, Dr. Baker!

Anjanette Johnson (Source: Google)


I have been a Gentle Dentist patient for over 20 years and have always thought they were top notch. To see all the advanced equipment, the patient flow, the excellent customer service and the retention of knowledgeable staff, I KNOW that they a Top Notch Group. Thanks Dr. Baker for taking great care of my whole family!

Andrew H. from Dublin, OH (Source: Yelp)


They live up to their name. I don’t typically write reviews and if I do It takes quite a bit for me to give a full 5 stars. I visited the Gentle Dentist today for the first with a very high level of anxiety. I had painful experiences with my last dentist prior to moving to the Columbus area. And as silly as it may sound, going to the dentist is absolutely my least favorite thing to do. I gave them notice prior to scheduling a cleaning about my anxiety and they went above and beyond to make me comfortable. Everyone I dealt with was First Class. From the receptionist, to my dental hygienist, to my dentist, everyone made me feel at home and at ease. I walked out in relief. I will have no problem going back and already have my next appointment scheduled. Very thankful I found the Gentle Dentist. Great people.

Sara F. from Columbus, OH (Source: Yelp)


They’re still pretty awesome. This time, I just wanted to post and share that if you have OSU’s dental insurance, they’ll cover 100% of your routine cleanings. Not that the student clinic isn’t super-great, I’d just rather go somewhere like The Gentle Dentist. It had always seemed like The Gentle Dentist didn’t work with any insurance companies, but that is incorrect – they just aren’t a part of any in-network discount lists, so you pay whatever leftovers your plan would bill you for non-network providers. The front desk staff are more than willing to offer you an approximate quote so you know roughly what to expect.

Jasmin T. from New Albany, OH (Source: Yelp)


Amazingly gentle.  My 11 yr old had to have a filling and they numbed it and talked him thru it.  When he came out  and he couldn’t stop talking about how nice and gentle they are!.  Great office and staff too. They are always on time and Jane always makes you feel at home.  Best dentist we have ever gone to!

Christy Stegemiller (Source: Facebook)


I’ve been a patient there for several years and they really are gentle. Consistently gentle. It’s quick to get an appointment and they run on time every time. I just had routine cleaning after the Covid safety protocols and every precaution was taken. I felt very safe there. I can’t say enough nice things. If you are a nervous patient, give them a try. You won’t be disappointed.

Karen A. from Columbus, OH (Source: Yelp)


I have gone to the Gentle Dentist for many years. As a patient, you always feel like you matter. Jane and all of the staff behind the desk always has a smile and right there to help you. Dr. Missy Baker is wonderful. They are always on time and you never feel like they are rushed. If you have any dental issues, all is explained and you feel that they are interested. I love all of the hygienists. They truly make sure that they are gentle!

kathy kessler (Source: Google)


We have been patients of The Gentle Dentist for about 24 years. We came when my youngest child was so frightened to go to the dentist and it was recommended that he be restrained. Instead, we visited The Gentle Dentist and they were able to work with him with no tears! I have been recommending them to anyone looking for a dentist. I had a cleaning and checkup today and everyone was as prompt, friendly and gentle as always.

Alexandra Taliani (Source: Google)


I had to have some fillings done, and The Gentle Dentist made it a good experience! They were very nice and friendly, and explained what they were doing. I get really nervous at the dentist, and they let me listen to my podcast on my headphones while they were doing the fillings, which made the experience less nerve-racking. The dentist herself called me the next morning and asked how I was doing, which was so kind! I had never had a dentist call me after a procedure. They made a stressful experience the best it could be. I highly recommend The Gentle Dentist!

Jennife R. from New Albany, OH (Source: Yelp)


Excellent dentists!  Both my daughter and I went here after we had a really bad experience w a different dentist office.  We choose here because of the excellent reviews and they totally lived up to expectations!  Great bedside manner, great with kids!  You don’t need to be afraid of the dentist here and they are honest and don’t recommend work that does not need to be done (can’t say the same for my prior dentist)!

Sean W. from Columbus, OH (Source: Yelp)


Never really had a bad experience at the Dentist, must be lucky but you won’t find that at the Gentle Dentist, they are great.  Not only do they take care to make sure it’s not a painful experience, everyone – I mean everyone that you meet is very friendly.  Scheduling & payment seems very effortless.  It really is a great place to take care of your pearly whites.

Kisha Dansby Smith (Source: Facebook)


I was always afraid of the Dentist. These types of appointments were the only ones I ever dreaded, until I started going to the Gentle Dentist. The staff is so Amazingly pleasant. I feel like they have known me for years. Every time I walk in, they know my name, before I have to give it. Im always greeted with a friendly greeting. They explain everything in great detail before any and every procedure. They make sure I’m comfortable. I am very informed. I have control over my appointment. Nothing ever hurts, and I have had teeth pulled out, cleanings, a tooth cut out, and a crown. I get a massage with my teeth cleaning, discuss our families, and free coupon for Graters Ice cream. what else could I ever need. Im the only person in my office.and among friends who.look forward to going to the dentist. This office has cured my fear of going to the Dentist. My family only goes here. They are true to their name, Gentle Dentist. I Love everyone at the Worthington Office, they are Truely AMAZING!!!!!

Colleen Guzzo (Source: Google)


I love the Gentle Dentist! I called last Friday for a cleaning appointment and they couldn’t get me in till January. I asked to be put on the waiting list & was texted on Monday with 3 different times I could come in! My hygienist was great, although, I don’t remember her name! Also, having the option of nitrous during cleanings is awesome! I hate cleanings and it relaxes you while they do their work. I highly recommend them!

Tammy Sheppard (Source: Google)


My family has been going to the Gentle Dentist for years now and I finally joined them yesterday as a patient. I kick myself for not doing it sooner!!! The experience was pleasant and even enjoyable, from the minute you arrive they welcome you into their comfortable waiting area and are hospitable from that moment forward. They brought me back on time and treated me with care and respect throughout my visit. They will for sure be my dentist for life!!!!! Bravo Gentle dentist you are a shining example of what a dentist office should be.

Kristina B. from Hilliard, OH (Source: Yelp)


The Gentle Dentist is the most professional, well run dental or medical practice that I have ever been  to.  They are also very kind and live up to their name!!  I feel like I am visiting friends when I go there.  I do not find their prices to be out of line with any other dental offices I have been to.  They stick to their “on time” policy and never make me wait!  However, don’t be late to your appointments.  Over all a top knotch organization!  I found them on Angies List and they have more excellent reviews than all the other dentists combined!

Courtney P. from Columbus, OH (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been here a handful of times for a yearly check up and each time has been wonderful!!!! They have Saturday appointments, massage chairs, and TVs for you to watch while they clean your teeth. Everyone is super nice and talks you through the whole process, no matter if they are doing gym checks or X-rays. Definitely recommend this place for your normal dentist!!

Kay F. from Kailua, HI (Source: Yelp)


LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. This office is so great. I literally have never waited more than 3 minutes for my appointment to start. The staff is Amazing. I hadn’t been to the dentist in a few years and I needed a filling. The dentist said I could have something to calm me but he convinced me that I wouldn’t need it and that he’d be very gentle. He was indeed. I hardly felt a thing. The nurse rubbed my arm throughout the procedure and talked to me quietly to calm my fears. I have recommended them to everyone I know. I will never go anywhere else. I have been back several times and they are a step above the rest.

Jay K. from Chicago, IL (Source: Yelp)


Gentle dentist? Far from it. Read all these reviews and decided to try it out since I relocated to Cbus and have to find a new dentist. I will say this is the most painful cleaning I have ever had. Not only did I found out they are not covered in my dental insurance plan network and had to pay a huge amount out of pocket but I also ended up with excruciating pain in my mouth. At one point I choked during cleaning. The hygienist I had was nice, but my cleaning was like she had a grudge against my gums and my mouth. I almost want to just drive 2 hours back to my previous dentist and suck it up on dealing with the driving. I wouldn’t recommend this dentist to anyone. Update: I received an email from the office manager after she read my review. She apologized for what happened. She indicated that she is making some changes in the office since this happened and will make sure it doesn’t happen again. She seems like a very nice lady. It’s great to know that management really do care about the business and is willing to make changes to make the customer happy. It says a lot about how much they care about their customers.

Joel Korte (Source: Google)


Dr. Baker is the best dentist I know. Kind, careful, and remembers every detail about me and my family. Excellent practitioner too. The dental assistants and hygienists are all great. Front desk staff is top notch. I have never waited one minute later than my scheduled time. Friendly and helpful. Been a patient here since 1994. I have 10 family members who go here as well. Never an issue.

Charles Feeny (Source: Google)


The Gentle Dentist has provided great care for all my dental needs for years. Their biggest differentiator among all the other options for these services is the caliber of hire among their talent pool. In a very busy world where businesses rush through their time with the consumer they take the time to personally connect and understand their patient’s needs. You can sense their intentionality with the people aspect of their business with everyone on their staff.

Ash W. from Columbus, OH (Source: Yelp)


The Gentle Dentist is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I used to hate going to the dentist and because of them my fears have subsided. Their office staff is phenomenal and the dentists are top notch. My entire family including my parents and brother made the switch to this office and we aren’t turning back! I can’t say enough about this superb office! I am so thankful for this office!

Hannah B. from Dublin, OH (Source: Yelp)


So many wonderful things to say about this practice! First, my technician, Kelly, was wonderful! She was very sweet and had an amazing chair-side manner. The office is very clean and has modern details such as a massage chair, tv attached to the dental lamp, and even a beverage bar in the lobby! I was very pleased to know that this office accepted my insurance when most companies do not. Finally, their customer service front-to-back is been second to none. I will be referring my family members here for all of their dental needs!

Eva Simons (Source: Facebook)


I love the “gentle” nudges to make my semi- annual exam and cleaning appointment; then more “gentle” reminders not to miss one. But most of all, I appreciate the scheduling flexibility and the respect of my time, never having to wait more than a minute or two after walking through the door. And of course there is the “gentle” and professional care, and always friendly staff greeting me by name. That why I’ve been a patient for over 20 years!

Charles Downs (Source: Google)


I have used several dentists over the years and after a change of office hours made my previous dentist inconvenient to use, I asked my friends for recommendations. After several of them mentioned the Gentle Dentist, I decided to give them a try and everything was just as good as they said. Their hours are convenient, every employee that I’ve met in the past 2-3 years has been wonderful, and their treatments have been top notch. I have not been disappointed at all. My only minor quibble is that their billing system is not set up to easily handle patients that are fortunate enough to have multiple insurance providers so there has been a couple of points of confusion while trying to coordinate the payments.

Tery J. from Columbus, OH (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been going here for years and it’s always been a pleasure. Yep….going to the dentist can be enjoyable! The staff that I have worked with have always been pleasant and accommodating and the cleanings and procedures are done well and as painless as possible.Some people seem to have billing issues, but I’ve always been told upfront what a visit will cost and how much I’ll need to pay out of pocket. This has never been a issue for me. I’ve recommended them to many people, including my boss and that should tell you how much I trust them!