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 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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