Attention

Important Notice.

Dear Patient,

We trust this finds you well. As an essential healthcare provider, West Portal Family Dentistry has kept limited hours throughout the entire shelter in place order, to provide urgent care for our community. We have seen many of you, as well as, some new people from the community who needed emergency care.

We will be adding office hours starting Tuesday, May 12, 2020 and resuming normal schedule by Tuesday, June 2, 2020.


We will be returning to a “new normal” way of providing dental care, in order to ensure the safety of all our patients and staff. We have put in place enhanced protocols per CDC and ADA guidelines to accomplish this goal. We will be screening all staff and patients every day for symptoms of COVID 19. The temperature will be taken and screening questions will be asked and recorded. The reception area was reconfigured to allow for social distancing. The schedule was modified to lessen the number of people in the office at the same time. The enhanced intra-oral suctioning system will be deployed for appropriate procedures to better control aerosols. We have always followed strict OSHA guidelines for disinfecting and sterilizing surfaces, equipments, and instruments; and we will continue to do so. Enhanced PPE protocols will be used to ensure we deliver the safest possible dentistry for our patients and staff.

Please contact us via phone at 415.661.7779 or via email info@westportaldentist.com should you have any questions or concerns. We greatly appreciate your patience and cooperation throughout this challenging, new normal way of delivering the best possible dental care to you.

Take care and see you soon !

Sincerely,
Dr. Terri Nguyen and West Portal Family Dentistry Team

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Children's dentistry in San Francisco for a lifetime of healthy smiles

Best Children's dentistry in San Francisco A child’s earliest exposure to dental care has a lifetime influence on oral health. The team at West Portal Family Dentistry strives to make those initial experiences fun and educational, helping your child understand the rewards of a healthy, gorgeous smile. Children’s dentistry is one of our favorite aspects of caring for San Francisco smiles.

Baby’s first visit

We recommend starting your child’s professional dental care at age two (earlier, if you have concerns about oral development). We begin by familiarizing the child with the office environment. His or her teeth are brushed, and we gently demonstrate the sensations of air and water. Parents and child get instructions on brushing and flossing.

We discuss simple steps to prevent oral problems, such as:
  • Fluoride treatment to strengthen enamel and fight cavities.
  • Dental sealant to keep cavity-causing bacteria out of microscopic pits and grooves in enamel.
  • Proper diet to minimize damage to the teeth and gums.
  • Athletic guards (for older children), to reduce risk of sports injuries to the teeth and mouth.

An extra layer of comfort

We offer sedation for children who are very nervous about dental care, or those needing extensive treatment. Nitrous oxide is a pleasant, inhaled gas that calms the child. It is very safe, and wears off immediately. We can also arrange for IV sedation, administered by an anesthesiologist, on request.

Trust and convenience

When your whole family receives care at West Portal Family Dentistry, children quickly grasp the trust and confidence you feel in our team. Even at an early age, it helps them understand that we are here to help. In addition, you get the convenience of appointments for multiple family members on the same day, for less travel and missed work time.

Let’s work together to be sure your child has a smile that radiates good health and confidence. Call West Portal Family Dentistry in San Francisco at (415) 604-9292 for children’s dentistry appointments.


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Dr. Nguyen, Dr. Laura and Julie are the best! I've been going to West Portal Family Dentistry for almost 15 years, and wouldn't go elsewhere. They are absolute professionals and do excellent work - I trust them completely. It's always a pleasure to be there, which is saying a lot for the dentist! Jaime D.
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Dr. Nguyen has over 20 years of expertise in the field of dental practice

A graduate from UC San Francisco with a Doctor of Dental Science degree, Dr. Nguyen has over 20 years of expertise in the field of dental practice. She is known for her caring and passionate nature towards her patients whilst having a wealth of knowledge and technical skill.

Dr. Nguyen continues to update herself with newer and tested treatment methods and technology to ensure that she is capable of delivering the best possible service to her clients. Her areas of specialty include root canal therapy, implant dentistry and cosmetic treatment. She is also a prestigious member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.