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Your Smile. Your Style.


For over 30 years, Gentle Dental has delivered high-quality care with a personal touch. With 105 practices located across Arizona, California, Hawaii, Kansas, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Washington, Gentle Dental offers comprehensive care in general, cosmetic, and specialty dentistry. Gentle Dental Palo Alto dentists are trusted for their quality care and attention to detail, as well as wide range of dental specialties, including cosmetic dentistry, regular examinations, professional cleanings, x-rays, veneers, sealants, fillings, crowns and bridges, teeth implants, dentures, root canals, teeth whitening, and braces and all aspects of general dentistry to make your smile a healthy and radiant smile.
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish


By Appointment Only
General Dentistry, Dental Clinic, Pediatric Dentist, Cosmetic Dentist, Orthodontics, Oral Surgery, Endodontics, Periodontics

Experience & Accolades


Location & Hours

Main Location

853 Middlefield Rd Ste 7

Palo Alto, CA 94301

Bay Area  Central Coast  Central Sacramento Valley  Coachella Valley  Inland Empire  Orange County  San Diego County  Southern San Joaquin Valley

Regular Hours

Sat - SunClosed

University South, Greenmeadow, Crescent Park


Payment Method
debit, check, cash, visa, master card, amex, discover, financing available, insurance

Other Information

Other Link

Endodontists, Orthodontists, Dentists, Cosmetic Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry
Other Information

Insurance: Delta Dental PPO, DeltaCare USA, Delta Dental Premier

By Appointment Only: Yes


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Mason N.
Edited: 01/20/2017

The hygienist was amazing. She explained what she was doing throughout the appointment, and she was very thorough with the work that she was doing. I love being able to leave there with a big smile on my face. And the office staff and assistance are always so pleasant.

Edited: 01/17/2017

Very good experience, staff was excellent. Very thorough examination and great experience with the dental hygienist who cleaned my teeth after the examination.




Extraordinary service. Very professional and friendly staff. Great job by everyone here. Thank you so much for the great experience.

Dalton N.



It was very helpful for Gentle Dental to cordinate my dental visits with my school work and work work. It really saved me on a lot of time. Thanks for the help/

Hans S.



Service was very friendly. I am very pleased with my visit. I will definitely come back and I will tell friends and co-workers. Wonderful dental office!

Nifar R.



This place has a very friendly, and relaxed enviroment. I never feel super stress about work being done with my teeth. All staff members and dentists always knew how to take care each of their patients with ease.

Amelia A.



For my first time back in a dentist chair I felt comfortable and was taken very well care of. Thank you for a great experience. See you for the next visit!

Madeline E.



My Dr. Salkola (Mimi) is a dear friend and she does an outstanding, professional topnotch job...she strives for almost perfection as i stated earlier nothing can be perfect. If she isn't satisfied with her work, she will do it again at not extra charge, until it is to her satisfaction. I trust all my kids with this OUTSTANDING, SUPERB AND EXTREMELY FRIENDLY STAFF....i feel like family there and am treated as such.

Allen N.



The whole office has been friendly and professional every time I've been there, both for myself and my teenage son. I am surprised by all the negative reviews since I haven't found any cause for complaints at all.

Reonny Y.



Because of my work, I tend to move often, which gives me a great perspective to dentists and dentistry in general. Dr. Sakola is by far the best dentist I have had. She is very careful, gentle, and conscientious. Her work is organized and well thought-out. I feel that I get first rate dental care with good price. And I know because of my experiences with many dental offices. I cannot be happier.




The dental assistants/hygienists I've come across at Gentle Dental have all been great, and Mimee (who is in fact a separate entity from the aforementioned dentist Mimi) is always a pleasure to talk to. Additionally, the front office has been nothing but helpful and polite, even going so far as to come up with a special payment option that would reduce the burden on me, since they know I'm currently working my way through grad school. I highly recommend Gentle Dental, and especially Dr. Salkola




I don't particularly enjoy sitting in a chair and having my teeth poked at by pointy metal instruments, but since it has to be done, I'm glad that Dr. Mimi Salkola is my dentist. She is one of the friendliest people I know, and I can tell that she genuinely cares about her patients. I had a couple of deep cleanings done a few weeks back, and on both occasions Dr. Salkola called me from her home the following evening to ask how I was doing. She is very good at what she does, and the procedures she's done for me (including a recent crown) have all been relatively painless.




I've been with Gentle Dental for about five years. I have an extended circle of friends in the Peninsula and South Bay. I've sent dozens of them to Dr. Mimi Salkola and Gentle Dental, and every single one has given me a glowing report of their experience. Dr. Salkola is exceptional - she is highly competent, caring, and personal. She offers options and is sensitive to all issues including finances and patient comfort. In my 70 years I have not had a better dentist - not one comes close.




I have had nothing but good experiences with Gentle Dental over the years. I have a sensitive mouth and the doctor has been very caring in making sure I don't suffer even during major dental "projects." She is also impeccable and very precise - she does outstanding work. A recent crown replacement looks wonderful and is very comfortable for eating. I have many friends who are patients, and all of them rave about her.




The front staff was very friendly and helpful answered all my questions that I had and wait time was not too long. The Dr I saw was very good at explaining treatment to me that was needed and why it was important and was able to start treatment on the same day, had no discomfort after treatment was done. Over all I had a great experience would definitely recommend this office if you are looking for a gentle dentist.




Thanks for seeing me last minute and fixing my root canal (done by another dentist!) I will come back




Our most recent experience at Gentle Dental was gratifying because of the excellent professional care we received.