Dental Clinics-Ucla

★★★☆☆
34.0637 -118.443
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10833 Le Conte Ave

Los Angeles, CA

90095

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I have referred a number of my low income patients to the UCLA Venice satellite clinic, the Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center, as this clinic has been promoted--for some years--as providing comprehensive dental services, at no cost, to indigent and other low-income individuals in the area. I found it very embarassing and disappointing to discover a couple of weeks ago that these people have changed their policies and now charge for all services (with a 30% discount over the customary rates in the L.A. area), including x-ray films and the initial exam ($75 and $50, as I recall)...and are not amenable to payment installments. Payment in full on the day of treatment is the only thing they want to hear.

I found the receptionist to be somewhat curt. When I asked if there had been a change in policy, all she would tell me is that they provide no free services. And, I will add that during my visit, there were NO patients in the waiting room, so this clinic's services are apparently much less in demand, compared to a few years ago. From what I understand, what was once a terribly important community resource is now merely one of your status-quo discount clinics, with the work done by students. Finally, they refused to provide a fee list for services, when I requested same. Obviously they only care about the "bottom line" these days, just like USC. Very sad.

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I have referred a number of my low income patients to the UCLA Venice satellite clinic, the Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center, as this clinic has been promoted--for some years--as providing comprehensive dental services, at no cost, to indigent and other low-income individuals in the area. I found it very embarassing and disappointing to discover a couple of weeks ago that these people have changed their policies and now charge for all services (with a 30% discount over the customary rates in the L.A. area), including x-ray films and the initial exam ($75 and $50, as I recall)...and are not amenable to payment installments. Payment in full on the day of treatment is the only thing they want to hear.

I found the receptionist to be somewhat curt. When I asked if there had been a change in policy, all she would tell me is that they provide no free services. And, I will add that during my visit, there were NO patients in the waiting room, so this clinic's services are apparently much less in demand, compared to a few years ago. From what I understand, what was once a terribly important community resource is now merely one of your status-quo discount clinics, with the work done by students. Finally, they refused to provide a fee list for services, when I requested same. Obviously they only care about the "bottom line" these days, just like USC. Very sad.

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UCLA dentists are holding up to their brand name. They will give you an assesment first so you can figure out whether your insurance would cover it and then you can go again to get the work done. I got an appointment fairly quickly. The nurses were very helpful and the dentist did a great job. The only complaint I have is that there is no street parking there...

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UCLA dentists are holding up to their brand name. They will give you an assesment first so you can figure out whether your insurance would cover it and then you can go again to get the work done. I got an appointment fairly quickly. The nurses were very helpful and the dentist did a great job. The only complaint I have is that there is no street parking there...

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The dentists here are very professional and friendly! I'm more than scared to visit dentists but everytime I go there they take extra care of me. They are very gentle while using all these instruments. I've been there mostly for check ups and teeth cleaning. and I think they do a good job. They also give you great advices on how to protect your teeth agaist staining, aging...

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The dentists here are very professional and friendly! I'm more than scared to visit dentists but everytime I go there they take extra care of me. They are very gentle while using all these instruments. I've been there mostly for check ups and teeth cleaning. and I think they do a good job. They also give you great advices on how to protect your teeth agaist staining, aging...

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This is a wonderful place to get high-quality dental care at a great price -- plus, you know that you're helping young dentists get well-supervised experience. The Orthodontics clinic, in particular, was wonderful and reasonable. I went there for a second opinion and the clinic dentists basically said that orthodontics treatment wasn't necessary for my son.

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This is a wonderful place to get high-quality dental care at a great price -- plus, you know that you're helping young dentists get well-supervised experience. The Orthodontics clinic, in particular, was wonderful and reasonable. I went there for a second opinion and the clinic dentists basically said that orthodontics treatment wasn't necessary for my son.

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I'm surprised by the positive reviews. While I can't speak for the regular clinic, the orthodontic clinic is VERY poorly managed.

There is 1 person managing the entire reception area everyday. She is rude (probably because she is too busy), doesn't acknowledge you (partly because she is overwhelmed with other things) and I've NEVER (in the 1.5 yrs I had to go for ortho treatments) been taken in for my appointment at my actual appointment time (and I was on time every single time). The price is relatively about the same as private practice-- which never made sense to me considering UCLA is a public institution... unfortunately, hindsight is 20/20 and I went to UCLA because its my alma mater.

Because the orthodontists are students, they have to get their work checked by an "attending dentist" who is an older, more experience practicing dentist (presumably with a private practice of his/her own). THERE IS ONLY ONE ATTENDING DENTIST FOR ABOUT 8-10 ORTHODONTISTS! Every step of the way during each visit, I had to wait for the next step to be approved by the resident dentist who had to make his/her rounds to all the student orthodontists.

Overall, my main criticisms of the UCLA ortho dept. are that the staff is very rude, the prices are high for what they do and how they deliver the service, the orthodontists are inexperienced and must continually check with their attending physician, they are never on time (and my conversations with people in the waiting room are a testament to this), and by the way, parking isn't validated and its about a minimum of $6 each time.

DO YOUR RESEARCH! Don't assume that a public institution clinic is any cheaper than a private practice... I made this mistake and it was a $700 difference AND probably more than 30 hours of wasted time in the waiting room over the course of my treatment.

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I'm surprised by the positive reviews. While I can't speak for the regular clinic, the orthodontic clinic is VERY poorly managed.

There is 1 person managing the entire reception area everyday. She is rude (probably because she is too busy), doesn't acknowledge you (partly because she is overwhelmed with other things) and I've NEVER (in the 1.5 yrs I had to go for ortho treatments) been taken in for my appointment at my actual appointment time (and I was on time every single time). The price is relatively about the same as private practice-- which never made sense to me considering UCLA is a public institution... unfortunately, hindsight is 20/20 and I went to UCLA because its my alma mater.

Because the orthodontists are students, they have to get their work checked by an "attending dentist" who is an older, more experience practicing dentist (presumably with a private practice of his/her own). THERE IS ONLY ONE ATTENDING DENTIST FOR ABOUT 8-10 ORTHODONTISTS! Every step of the way during each visit, I had to wait for the next step to be approved by the resident dentist who had to make his/her rounds to all the student orthodontists.

Overall, my main criticisms of the UCLA ortho dept. are that the staff is very rude, the prices are high for what they do and how they deliver the service, the orthodontists are inexperienced and must continually check with their attending physician, they are never on time (and my conversations with people in the waiting room are a testament to this), and by the way, parking isn't validated and its about a minimum of $6 each time.

DO YOUR RESEARCH! Don't assume that a public institution clinic is any cheaper than a private practice... I made this mistake and it was a $700 difference AND probably more than 30 hours of wasted time in the waiting room over the course of my treatment.

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