I've had a lot of dentists and most of it was up at the Columbia Presbyterian Dental Clinic. The last student dentist I had was the Wunderkind of the clinic. I was still freaked out from all my time in dentist and oral surgery chairs and was pretty phobic and shaky. The guy, Dr. Shahin, was really, really good with me. He also did a lot of really excellent work including crowns, veneers, and implants. Then he finished his residency and I figured he was gone. I discovered last year that he is now working on Franklin ave at his own office, First Impressions. I went to him last year and he is even more wonderful.
I stepped in today and found out that his office is doing their own insurance type thing to make it all a little more affordable. You pay a certain amount every month and then certain things are covered for free or for 50% or 80% depending on what plan you choose, up to a certain amount. If anyone is looking for a good local dentist, it's completely worth checking it out.
(I know this sounds shill-y. My only benefit from Dr. Shahin getting more business is the more patients he has the more likelihood he will stay in this area for a while. I've also never heard of this small scale insurance thing and I love the idea. He did not ask me to write this, and in fact doesn't know I'm doing it. I've had a lot of sucky/meh dentists and I really want to keep the good one in my neighborhood.)