Stark, Benjamin W, DDS
Dr. Stark has performed several dental procedures on me over the past two years. His technique (especially in extractions!) is unsurpassed. In the past, I have invariably experienced extreme pain for a couple of days post-op. But not with Dr. Stark! I didn't need to take even an aspirin afterwords. And I must take very strong issue with the so-called "Flagstaff informer" in regard to cost. Case in point: I had thought that I would need TWO implants to replace my two front teeth. But upon examination, the good Doctor told me that I would need only one (the other one he would simply crown). His honesty in this regard will save me thousands of dollars. I intend to retain Dr. Benjamin Stark as my dentist for the remainder of my life (I am 63). He is the best dentist I have ever had.
The site is clean, roomy and well air-conditioned although a trifle loud with overhead music. Dr. Stark saw me right away as a walk-in for a chipped molar with a clean break of one cusp. He gave his honest evaluation that a buildup was NOT required in advance of my planned dental vacation to Cancun next winter to get some crowns made at reduced cost without dental insurance. His truthful response refutes another review which claims he promoted unnecessary procedures. Dr. Stark also convincingly explained the cause of an ongoing inflamed pocket and prescribed an effective mouthwash. His office allowed a discount for cash payment (although I had to remind them of their policy). The charge was reasonable for a simple exam.
Update 8/6/2013: I am satisfied with my second visit today where Dr. Stark and his capable assistant Alex deftly filled a small cavity without need for anesthetic. I apologize to the reviewer willy.good.96 for a clumsy mistake I made below in marking his review titled Worst Nightmare? as unhelpful. I actually meant to mark it as helpful. It was VERY helpful. I hope I can partially correct it with this note.
Worst Nightmare? Surely you jest! The dentist your describe certainly does not sound anything like the Dr. Ben Stark whom I know and love! He has been 100% forthright and honest in all his dealings with me. Having been to over a dozen dentists in the course of my lifetime (I am 62), I would have to rate him (in terms of both honesty AND expertise) #1. Since I do not carry insurance, he was more than happy to offer a 5% discount to me. Bottom line, 'in my book' Dr. Stark is worth every penny of what I paid him. He even was able to save a molar which I had completely given up hope on!
I was a patient to Dr. Stark for quite sometime. He always seemed friendly and staff as well, but i WARN you. Do not trust this smiling face. He is in the practice just for the money. Trying to give procedures that are not necessary. He smiles in your face and pretends that hes giving you the best care in the world but hes doing it all for the money. Hes given me several unnecessary procedures that i now have knowledge of. Also a close personal friend of mine took her daughter to see stark, he lied and tried to charge her $6,000 out of pocket to do a root canal and other procedures that did not need to be done. We took her to several other dentists and there was absolutely nothing wrong with her. This guy is your WORST NIGHTMARE as far as what an honest health care provider should be. You've been warned......