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When one of our readers asked for Champaign-Urbana area dentist recommendations, our audience jumped right in and passionately advocated for their favorites. These recommendations focus on Champaign-Urbana area dentists who treat adults. (We have an article with reader recommendations for Champaign-Urbana children’s dentists, and there is some overlap in these two lists.) We sorted through all 70 comments and put together this article.
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As one reader wrote, “WOW — many people are passionate about their dentists. Champaign-Urbana must have the best oral health around!”
Sensenbrenner Family Dental, Champaign: “My family has been impressed with them for years. They’re gentle and are excellent for people with anxiety! Very clean, knowledgeable, and professional. I will never go to anyone else :)” … “I would never even think of going anywhere else! He is wonderful, always has my best interests in mind, and has taken very good care of all of us. I cannot recommend him highly enough!” Sensenbrenner Family Dental had many mentions.
Dr. Katherine Hill, Champaign: “We adore Dr. Kate Hill (for kids and adults!) I’ve been going to her father since I was a child and then her for the past several years when she took over his practice after he retired. Kate is fantastic and personable and knowledgeable!” (Kate Hill had multiple mentions.)
Dr. Thomas Standley, Champaign: “I’ve only ever gone to Dr. Standley in Champaign. He knows how to numb you with one shot. I’ve gone to dentists that gave me several shots and I still felt the drill. Dr. Standley gets it done with one shot. I also got a root canal from him that was relatively painless.” (multiple mentions)
Dr. Deborah Stewart, Champaign: “For a low-key, no pressure dental visit, I’d go with Dr Deborah Stewart in Champaign. She does everything, even the cleaning, on her own, has a small office with a calm, relaxed environment. Very kind and accommodating.” (multiple mentions)
Dr. Dankle, Champaign: “I absolutely love Dr Dankle. My family had been going to him for over a decade. Note only is he very very good at what he does, so is his staff. He is less interventionist than other dentists I know, good with kids, and has never given us grief about our dental health. My husband and son are very prone to cavities, my daughter and myself are not. They think it’s a genetic thing and treat each of us as appropriate.” (multiple mentions)
Dr. Michael Ruffatto, DMD, Savoy: “He and his entire staff are amazing! I’m super anxious about sitting in the chair for any dental work and he and his chairside assistant took time talking me down and made the appointment rather enjoyable (and painless).” (multiple mentions)
Hans Family Dental, Champaign: “I am extremely cavity prone and hated going to the dentist because my dentists were mean to me about always having cavities. I skipped going for a few years in college and that was a nightmare to fix. I now see these ladies every four months and I feel like I’m part of their family. My hubby tried to get me to change dental insurance which would mean I would have had to switch dentists and I seriously cried. Thankfully he realized I was serious and I got to keep my dentist.”
Dr. David Bacheller, Champaign: “I’ve been going to him since about 2001. When I accidentally kind of sort of skipped a few years, he did not give me any sort of guilt trip about it. He’s very conservative in his treatment recommendations, and he does all of the work himself (no hygienist). HIs office is kind of old, but it doesn’t really matter. Everyone I’ve ever recommended him to loves him!” (multiple mentions)
Dr. Kathy Eaton, Champaign: “She is very gentle, easy to get into and very understanding. I had terrible dental anxiety before seeing her. She understands that I have had dental issues in the past and is willing to do as much or as little work as I’m comfortable with. My kids see her as well and we have been very impressed. Our 7-year-old needed work done (including an extraction) and they did an amazing job. My son has no fear of the dentist or anything. I highly recommend her!”
Dr. Roger Wetzel in Rantoul: “I have never once felt uncomfortable or pressured there. Excellent staff! … The most honest dentist! Won’t tell you that you need unnecessary work done. Highly recommended!” (multiple mentions)
Benjamin Scott, Champaign:”I love my dentist Dr R. Benjamin Scott DMD I also have had a history of tooth problems but Dr Scott has been nothing but supportive, not judgmental in any way. Read some of the testimonials on their website! http://cudentist.com/testimonials/” (multiple mentions)
Dr. Jeffrey Frerichs, Champaign: “As the wife of a Dentist and the biggest scaredy cat out there, I would definitely say our staff at Dr. Jeffrey Frerichs is wonderful! We have TV’s to keep you occupied or bring your ear buds and listen to some music. Our patients are family and our turnover for patients is rare. Our staff turnover is non-existent. It’s a fun environment so we make kids comfortable. We don’t believe in doing work immediately if it doesn’t need to be done.” (multiple mentions)
West Main Dental, Urbana: “I have an overly sensitive gag reflex and so going to the dentist is not usually a fun experience for me. Everyone I’ve seen there has been very patient and understanding with me, which hasn’t always been my experience elsewhere. Plus you can watch anything on Hulu Plus during your appointment which is really great if dentists make you nervous!”
Madura Family Dentistry, Champaign: “We’ve seen Dr. Madura, and our kids now see Dr. Martinez at Madura Family Dental. The hygienists and docs are wonderful and patient, and the front office staff is incredibly helpful.”
Creative Smiles Dental Care, Champaign: “is by far the best dental care in town. Affordable dental care with thorough dentist. Even if you don’t have dental insurance. They quoted me $1,000 less than another C-U dentist and did spectacular work! Creative Smiles hosts an event giving discounted care to the community.”
Dr. Scott Anderson, Champaign: “I have seen many dentists and have had quite a bit of work done and Dr. Anderson is the best I’ve ever been to (and he doesn’t make me feel bad that I too am cavity-prone).” (multiple mentions)
Dr. Galen Dale, Mahomet: “He’s taken care of my teeth for nearly 30 years! He’s very low-pressure, calm natured, and has always been able to accommodate my family in urgent situations.”
Dr. W. Eric Martin, Champaign: “He and his staff are awesome!” (multiple mentions)
Dr. Karen Massey, Champaign: “Highly recommend!” (multiple mentions)
Patterson and Parsons, Champaign: “Like them a lot!”(multiple mentions)
Dr. Barry Howell, Urbana: “My husband is also cavity-prone and has never had any problems.”
Mitchem Dental, Champaign: “A great guy.” “Always recommend.” (multiple mentions)
Hessel Park Family Dentistry, Champaign.