D.M.D. University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine 1987
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99.6%would refer friends and family to us
I LOVE Solana Family Dental. It was my first time seeing the dentist since I moved out to California, and man did I hit the jack pot. These ladies are fun, smart, and personable. Makes a trip to the dentist painless.
Michele is the Best!!!! She clearly explained what was going on with my tooth and the various options I had available to address it. The visual tools she used really helped me see what exactly was going on. Thank You, Michele. Ride On!
My husband and I were visiting from out of town and both had dental needs. We called Solana Family Dental based on their great reviews. This truly is a five star place! The office staff is efficient, helpful, and friendly. The dentist is fabulous. She returned our calls right away and worked us in to her busy schedule right away. Both my husband and I would highly recommend Solana Family Dental!!!
Dr. Sandler was a delight to meet. I appreciated her thorough exam and explanations. The staff was amazing as well from Liz and Ellen to Stephanie! Christy was my hygienist and gave me a wonderful cleaning. This office is great!
We know you are disappointed that we were unable to see you for your cleaning and exam recently without taking your check up x-rays. But let us be fair and mention that you had not had any taken in the last couple of years. Decay and bone loss can advance fairly quickly once started, and we would not want to mislead you by telling you all is well if we are examining you half blindly. I find it hard to believe that you found someone that is willing to forego the standard of care. Now that is something worth questioning! Just remember our door is always open and we wish you all the best.
After reading good reviews I decided to book an appointment at Solana Family Dental. I was completely disappointed. I had hoped to find a dentist as honest as my last dentist. I had been seeing my previous dentist for over 10 years, but I moved out of state and needed to find a new dentist in the San Diego area. Please don't waste your time coming to this dentist. They told my husband and I the exact same thing! According to Solana Family Dental, we both needed fillings, Invisalign, and night guards! They are a complete sham and just out to make a quick buck. I will be looking for another dental office!
The reason we spend an inordinate amount of time during our first visit with each patient is to be able to show them exactly and thoroughly what is happening in their mouth as well as the consequences of not taking any action (always a patient's prerogative). Many practices do not have all the tools to be able to provide early diagnoses or prefer to hold off until disease is more advanced (and also costlier). We pride ourselves in long term relationships and a very prevention oriented approach. In our many years of practice, this has proven an effective way to save our patients pain, suffering and expense. If we mentioned that you needed fillings, we showed you the area either with a photo or in the x-ray. Also, if we recommended orthodontics, we not only mention Invisalign, but also alternatives like conventional brackets and the option of seeking a second opinion with an orthodontist. Night guards are recommended when there are signs of clenching and grinding (which we show you on screen and in the mouth). Apparently all these explanations conveyed to you during our examination were of no interest to you. We do hope you find the right practice for you and your husband.
Customer since 2015
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I love everyone in this office ~ friendly, informative, helpful, gracious, kind, oh, and excellent care!! :-)
I had a wonderful experience here! I came in for a cleaning and was very impressed with the friendliness and professionalism of everyone in the office. Liz greets you warmly and makes you feel welcome as soon as you walk in. LeAnne was my dental assistant and she was both friendly and incredibly knowledgable. Dr. Kauffman was also amazing; she walked me through my dental images and did a very gentle cleaning. Additionally, she discovered two cavities that I needed to have filled. I was really worried about when I could come back due to my crazy work schedule, but Dr. Kauffman graciously filled them for me at the end of my appointment so that I wouldn't have to think about them again. I was so impressed and very grateful. They are a wonderful team and while I don't usually enjoy going to the dentist, I will not hesitate to go back to Dr. Kauffman. I highly recommend her to anyone in Solana Beach, or elsewhere - Dr. Kauffman even saw my mother for an emergency appointment when my mother was here visiting from the east coast!