Dr. Irena Vaksman

11 Years
Experience

Locations

Vaksman Dental Group - San Francisco
450 Sutter Street
San Francisco, California
Mon 9:30 am - 6:00 pm  
Tue 8:30 am - 5:30 pm  
Wed 8:00 am - 5:30 pm  
Thu 8:00 am - 5:30 pm  
Fri 8:00 am - 5:30 pm  
Vaksman Dental Group - South San Francisco
1241 Mission Road
South San Francisco, California
Mon 8:30 am - 5:00 pm  
Wed 8:30 am - 5:00 pm  
Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm  

Biography

After many years of rigorous education and, more importanly, diverse clinical practice, Dr. Irena Vaksman, a San Francisco dentist, truly understands the value of quality patient care – and how to provide it. Adhering to the principles of conservative dentistry, she continually stresses the importance of treating less patients per day, and spending more time with each one. This allows her to effectively educate patients about preventative dental health or, if medically necessary, about treatment options for an existing condition. In addition to graduating New York University School of Dentistry’s prestigious Advanced Education in General Residency program, Dr. Vaksman has many years of extensive expertise in both clinical and cosmetic practices, as well as serving as a restorative dentistry instructor at University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. Dr. Vaksman stays on the forefront of cosmetic and preventative dentistry through advanced continuing dental education, and is also committed to keeping the San Francisco dental office “green-friendly” through such things as: computerized X-rays (to minimize radiation exposure and eliminate film processing chemicals), sanitized and filtered water, and a mercury-free policy. Most importantly, Dr. Vaksman has devoted her career to treating all of her patients with the greatest care, and providing each patient with the best quality treatment. She also believes in giving back to her community by contributing time and resources to several charitable organizations. She is a local board member of Smiles For a Lifetime, a national organization devoted to providing free orthodontic dental care to underprivileged kids; and is also a committee member of the Jewish Family & Children’s Services, where she helps to organize community outreach programs. The office also participates in Operation Gratitude by helping to gather care packages, which are meant to show our appreciation to our troops with the aim of lifting morale. Dr. Vaksman is a true Bay Area local, having attended grade school through university here. She and her husband are the proud parents of three beautiful boys, Charlie, Jack and Ethan.

Offered Services 16 Services

Bonding Braces Bridges / Dentures Cleaning Crown / Cap Filling Gum Surgery Implants Nitrous Sedation Root Canal Sleep apnea TMJ Tooth Extraction Veneers Whitening Wisdom Teeth Removal

Bonding Braces Bridges / Dentures Cleaning Crown / Cap Filling Gum Surgery Implants Nitrous Sedation Root Canal Sleep apnea TMJ Tooth Extraction Veneers Whitening Wisdom Teeth Removal

Languages Spoken

English

Most Helpful Reviews
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  • Reviewed on February 13th, 2020  •  Verified patient
    I had a great experience with Dr. L'ebo. She explained everything in detail to me and made me feel welcome and comfortable. Much, much better than other experiences at the dentist.
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  • Reviewed on February 8th, 2020  •  Verified patient
    Friendly and explained the process in details
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  • Reviewed on January 31st, 2020  •  Verified patient
    Very nice and thorough Dentist.
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  • Reviewed on January 30th, 2020  •  Verified patient
    I went for my first visit today at the Vaksman Dental Group office over at 450 Sutter St. I got to the office about 30 minutes early and the great thing was that all my paperwork was completed beforehand so I did not have to fill anything out. They did not have a lot of patients that day so I was able to start my appointment right when I arrived. The dental assistant gave me my X-Rays and also took pictures of my teeth with this really cool pen. The only negative I have to say about this experience is that the X-Ray portion of the appointment took a really long time--more than it usually takes in any other dental office I've been in (not sure if it was the software or if they were being overly cautious). This was also the first office that I've been to where the actual dentist came in to clean my teeth and check on me. Dr. Kayla L'ebo was really upbeat, professional, and courteous. The dental assistant finished up with flossing and polish. Overall, I don't think there was any hiccups to this appointment and I like the location. The office is a bit small and is an open floorplan so depending on where you sit, you can kind of see someone getting their teeth done.
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  • Reviewed on January 16th, 2020  •  Verified patient
    The initial exam was thorough, and everything was explained as we went along. This was the most educational dentist experience I have had yet. The hygienist and dentist were careful as they worked, and I felt quite comfortable while they worked. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.
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  • Reviewed on January 16th, 2020  •  Verified patient
    Unfortunately, I didn’t see Dr. Vaksman, I saw Dr. Gupta. She was very friendly, informative and made me feel extremely comfortable. I would definitely be coming back, and would gladly recommend her to anyone in need of a dentist.
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  • Reviewed on January 15th, 2020  •  Verified patient
    Everyone was so friendly and gentle. The ladies were also extremely informative and helped me come up with a very manageable treatment plan.
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  • Reviewed on January 15th, 2020  •  Verified patient
    Amazing staff and office. The staff exudes a warm atmosphere and attitude throughout the entire visit. They were able to address most of my questions. Very helpful in guiding you making the right decisions on your dental health. Did not feel pressured in any way.
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  • Reviewed on January 8th, 2020  •  Verified patient
    Kayla L’ebo was friendly and did an amazing job. I learned a lot about dental health too. Your team is lucky to have her!
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  • Reviewed on December 30th, 2019  •  Verified patient
    Really knowledgeable and helpful. I felt at ease and the dentist was genuinely honest and didn’t try to sell me anything.
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  • Reviewed on December 29th, 2019  •  Verified patient
    Great service. Thank you
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  • Reviewed on December 24th, 2019  •  Verified patient
    Everyone was so gentle on my teeth and super friendly and clear on everything!
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  • Reviewed on December 20th, 2019  •  Verified patient
    Dr. Vaksman and her team are great. Everyone is knowledgeable in their profession and role. Dr. Vaksman made sure to give me a complete evaluation during my check-up/cleaning and took the time to answer all of my questions. Nhi did a good job cleaning my teeth and made sure she covered everything with me. I highly recommend them.
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  • Reviewed on December 16th, 2019  •  Verified patient
    The office was nice, the staff was warm and welcoming, The hygienist was great and so was the dentist. So why the three star review? I confirmed with them ahead of time (before appt), in the office, and upon leaving, that I would be charged $0 for this, because my insurance covers everything since they have used them before (they knew if this and told me this). It wasn’t until about a week later but I got a statement in the mail claiming that I had to pay $67 after insurance for my yearly cleaning. I thought that was odd, so I called the dentist office. She made it seem as if they hadn’t worked with Guardian before, and they weren’t sure why they were charging me for the photos they took of my mouth. Only after questioning several times, did the front office person tell me that Guardian does not cover for this line item (“something we only do the first time,” she told me). After complaining several times and wondering why I was charged for this and why I was not told ahead of time, she finally agreed she would attempt to remove the charge from billing. Fine. Because of this, I wanted to cancel my appointment the next week because I wasn’t sure what I was going to be charged (and they said my insurance would again, cover everything). She sort of gave me some attitude and then hung up on me. I called back to make sure my appointment was canceled and that she was going to remove the billing. She said “yes,” and that was that. Overall, this experience left a bad taste in my mouth (no pun intended).
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  • Reviewed on December 11th, 2019  •  Verified patient
    Everyone is nice and professional! I was a bit late due to an accident but they were very accommodating and understanding.
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  • Reviewed on December 10th, 2019  •  Verified patient
    Nice staff and great office. Felt satisfied with the care they took into cleaning my teeth, reading x-rays, discussing improvement, and long term plans
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  • Reviewed on December 4th, 2019  •  Verified patient
    They were very clear for explaining everything since I haven’t been to a dental office for a long time. I had x-ray & deep cleaning that were done in shorter than I expected. Everything was smooth with them.
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  • Reviewed on December 3rd, 2019  •  Verified patient
    I had a good experience with this office. Dr. was very honest and explained pros and cons. The most appreciated point is that he gave me some options.
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  • Reviewed on December 3rd, 2019  •  Verified patient
    Nice
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  • Reviewed on November 20th, 2019  •  Verified patient
    Overall the most thorough dental review I've had in years. Was easy to schedule and convenient location. Only feedback would be that initial paperwork was more time consuming than other places and could be sent ahead of time as well
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  • Reviewed on November 15th, 2019  •  Verified patient
    Dr. Kayla Lebo at the office saw me for my checkup, and I was extremely impressed with the overall experience. She was very detailed with my cleaning and checkup, and I left with a very reasonable treatment plan. Didn’t feel highly pressured like I’ve felt at different offices, makes me way more comfortable coming back. The administrative stuff was great too, front desk documents were filled out on an iPad (yay), appointment reminders through email and phone.
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  • Reviewed on October 31st, 2019  •  Verified patient
    My visit was incredibly thorough and informative. I have never had so much in-depth explanation of the examination and cleaning processes, as well as the exact preventative functions of flossing, brushing, fillings, etc. The office atmosphere was peaceful and quiet, and I look forward to coming back! Thank you so much!
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  • Reviewed on October 29th, 2019  •  Verified patient
    Great experience! Very nice staff and my routine cleaning was good!
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  • Reviewed on October 25th, 2019  •  Verified patient
    I really loved how thorough Dr. Irena Vaksman was with explaining the entire procedure of just cleaning. She warned me about potential cavities. I loved the transparency!
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  • Reviewed on October 22nd, 2019  •  Verified patient
    Very thorough first appointment with super friendly staff, comprehensive info about my oral health and the treatment plan provided was easily understood and flexible.
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  • Reviewed on October 18th, 2019  •  Verified patient
    I was a bit concerned about finding a new dentist but Open Care made it really easy to find a great one like Dr. Irena. She took the time to explain everything in detail and answered all of my questions. I would definitely recommend.
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  • Reviewed on October 12th, 2019  •  Verified patient
    Office is cute and well designed. Staff is friendly, and they work very quickly. They are even open one Saturday a month for those of us with busy work schedules.
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  • Reviewed on October 12th, 2019  •  Verified patient
    Very nice staff very informative had a good feeling leaving the dentist office for first time
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  • Reviewed on October 1st, 2019  •  Verified patient
    Great experience, staff was friendly and helpful, location is great right near union square. Will be going back for regular cleanings
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  • Reviewed on October 1st, 2019  •  Verified patient
    Great location and I really liked Dr. Vaksman. The office is a little older than a lot in the area and they don't have the "Netflix" setup while you have your teeth cleaned etc. Happy to forego the perks for a good dentist.
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  • Reviewed on September 12th, 2019  •  Verified patient
    Walked me through what was examined and the possible fixes including worst case scenario costs in some treatments. Really appreciated the transparency and looking forward to continuing in bettering my dental health!
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  • Reviewed on September 11th, 2019  •  Verified patient
    Very knowledgeable. Explained everything clearly. Great technology. Very nice team. Overall great experience.
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  • Reviewed on August 29th, 2019  •  Verified patient
    A super clean and modern office. Staff is really nice and they actually put some fluoride paste on my teeth which I have never had at a dentist's office before. Also, it's downtown on Sutter which was very convenient for me.
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  • Reviewed on August 29th, 2019  •  Verified patient
    Dr.Vaksman comes across as someone really experienced, and professional. Her staff is extremely courteous and made me feel comfortable as soon as I got there. She gave me really good recommendations on my dental problems. Highly recommend!
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  • Reviewed on August 29th, 2019  •  Verified patient
    Dr. Vaksman was extremely kind, patient and gentle - I would recommend her to any and all! It's been a while since I visited a dentist for more than just a cleaning, and she explained everything she was doing & why, and was extremely through and yet gentle at the same time. She also had incredible bedside manner - checking in with me often to make sure I was doing okay, making recommendations rather than hard sells on treatment plans and options, and even going so far as to distract me so I didn't feel the Novocain needle! So glad to find such a thoughtful and kind dentist out in the bay area.
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  • Reviewed on August 21st, 2019  •  Verified patient
    Everyone was very caring and I felt completely comfortable. I know I needed a lot of work done but they were very understanding and explained everything in detail on next steps, care for my teeth and financial options.
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  • Reviewed on August 20th, 2019  •  Verified patient
    A thoughtful, detailed dentist office. I just had a check up but am returning for my full work (cleaning + gum scaling) next week. I feel comfortable and confident with these dentists.
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  • Reviewed on August 12th, 2019  •  Verified patient
    Very nice clinic; gives honest opinions. Is very gentle and puts the comfort of the patient above everything else.
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  • Reviewed on August 6th, 2019  •  Verified patient
    Dr. Vaksman’s office was great! Everyone was very nice and even though the doctor I was supposed to have an appointment with wasn’t able to make it, another doctor stepped in. Would highly recommend.
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  • Reviewed on July 26th, 2019  •  Verified patient
    Did not meet with Dr. Vaksman but met with Dr. Zhu instead. Check in was really easy. Everyone that worked on my teeth was very professional and friendly. Explained cost and procedure before doing it as well.
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  • Reviewed on July 3rd, 2019  •  Verified patient
    I haven't been to the dentist in 2.5 years and knew I had completely erased all of the good work I'd had done years before that. I was not "over-sold" on deep-cleaning, etc. - I know I need it. And quite possible a root canal. But Dr. Vaksman did not try to oversell me at all. On the contrary, she hopes to be conservative and fix the cavity with a large filling and avoid a root canal.
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  • Reviewed on July 3rd, 2019  •  Verified patient
    I so enjoyed visiting this office. The staff was warm and welcoming. The office was clean and organized. The facilities were state of the art.
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  • Reviewed on July 3rd, 2019  •  Verified patient
    Very knowledgable. Gave me some insight into some tenderness that a different dentist couldn't help with. I hope the pain goes away.
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  • Reviewed on June 25th, 2019  •  Verified patient
    The dentist was super knowledgeable and the staff super friendly and professional.
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  • Reviewed on June 22nd, 2019  •  Verified patient
    Got a lot of good information about taking care of my teeth
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  • Reviewed on June 18th, 2019  •  Verified patient
    Everyone was pleasant and it was a comfortable environment. The dentist explained everything to me and we discussed a great plan for my future dental care.
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  • Reviewed on June 4th, 2019  •  Verified patient
    Everyone here was nice and patient. This was a relief as I had not seen a dentist in quite some time. Overall a very pleasant painless experience.
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