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Dr. Shantanu Lal, DDS

Pediatric Dentist

New York, NY

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5.0
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Dr Lal was so patient for the little one’s very first dentist appointment! He left there happy and content, which neverhappens for pediatrician for example. When we got there our little one was so anxious but Dr Lal took his time to make sure he felt at ease. Would definitely recommend!
Dr Lal was so patient for the little one’s very first dentist appointment! He left there happy and content, which never happens for pediatrician for example. When we got there ourlittle one was so anxious but Dr Lal took his time to make sure he felt at ease. Would definitely recommend!
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My son had a wonderful first visit with Dr. Lal today. We weren’t sure how he would react to being ina new environment and meeting the dentist for the first time, but Dr. Lal was so sweet and soft-spoken and made our son feel very comfortable and even excited about using his new toothbrush. Dr. Lal also was patient in answering all of our questions and we did not at any point feel rushed. There was no waiting time when we arrived, and the staff were friendly and responsive. Highly recommend Dr. Lal and Happy Teeth!
My son had a wonderful first visit with Dr. Lal today. We weren’t sure how he would react to being in a new environment and meeting the dentist for the firsttime, but Dr. Lal was so sweet and soft-spoken and made our son feel very comfortable and even excited about using his new toothbrush. Dr. Lal also was patient in answering all of our questions and we did not at any point feel rushed. There was no waiting time when we arrived, and the staff were friendly and responsive. Highly recommend Dr. Lal and Happy Teeth!
Jennifer K. · February 23, 2019

About Dr. Shantanu Lal

Dr. Lal has been practicing pediatric dentistry for over 15 years. He is also a pediatric dentistry program director at Columbia University where he completed both his dental degree (DDS) and specialty training. Although a board certified clinician, Dr Lal is also the recipient of several awards and honors in the areas of dental education, research and community service. "Skill and compassion go hand in hand when providing exceptional patient care. As a dental professional, I stay up to date on the latest advancements in dentistry in order to provide the most current treatment options for my patients. As a doctor, I recognize that my patients are unique individuals who have placed a great deal of trust in me and my team. That is just one reason why I value each and every patient relationship. I appreciate the time you’ve taken to visit this site and find out more about this dental practice, my team, and the many services we can provide to help you achieve optimum oral health."

In-network insurances

  • Advantica
  • Aetna
  • Aflac

Specialties

  • Pediatric Dentist

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center

Education and training

  • Dental School - Columbia University, Doctor of Dental Surgery
  • Columbia University, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center, Residency in Pediatric Dentistry

Professional memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • New York State Dental Association

Awards and publications

  • Top Dentist 2015
  • EVZ Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • IADR Lion Award for Research
  • President's Global Innovation Fund Award

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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Hindi

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1932365905

Dr. Shantanu Lal's office location

Happy Teeth NY Pediatric Dentistry

220 Riverside Blvd, 70th St (between west end ave & Riverside blvd)

New York, NY 10069

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Dr Lal was so patient for the little one’s very first dentist appointment! He left there happy and content, which never happens for pediatrician for example. When we got there our little one was so anxious but Dr Lal took histime to make sure he felt at ease. Would definitely recommend!
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Terrific visit! Friendly staff, knowledgeable measures dentist
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My son had a wonderful first visit with Dr. Lal today. We weren’t sure how he would react to being in a new environment and meeting the dentist for the first time, but Dr. Lal was so sweet and soft-spoken andmade our son feel very comfortable and even excited about using his new toothbrush. Dr. Lal also was patient in answering all of our questions and we did not at any point feel rushed. There was no waiting time when we arrived, and the staff were friendly and responsive. Highly recommend Dr. Lal and Happy Teeth!
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Three-year old's first dental visit, Dr. was so calm and kind, the kid was calm. All around wonderful experience.
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This doctor is amazing! We used to live in the neighborhood, but moved and came again to see him because my son had very bad and traumatic experience with other dentist. Dr. Knows how to calm the kid and work withthem to complete the treatment. I highly recommend him and also want to use an opportunity to say thank you through this review and how great full we are. We’ll definitely come again.
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He was very patient and knew how to deal with kids. He was also practical in what would work and what wouldn't, which I appreciated. I'm definitely going back there for future checkups for my son.
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Dr Lal goes out of his way to provide the best care possible, which means so much when considering little children. Thank you, Dr Lal!
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He was terrific. Very smart, gentle, and calm manner. Couldn't have been better.
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Amazing first dental experience for my two year old!
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Dr Lal was great for our three-year-old's first dental appointment! He has a great, calming manner for our child and also was kind as he gave us (the parents) instructions on how to care for our child's teeth. We will definitely be back.
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Very gentle and sweet with my son. Pleasant experience.
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Dr was fabulous with my 2 year old! He never got scared and the doctor was very calm and explained what my son needs to do very patiently. My son didn’t want to leave at the end!
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Great first visit. Dr Lal was recommended by our pediatrician and I can see why. He was friendly, knowledgeable and very kid friendly, as where his team. My kids really liked him and actually enjoyed the experience. Highly recommend.
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Great experience. The office provided my son a great experience on his first trip to the dentist. This is a great dentist. They offered a great and very professional dental service.
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Dr. Lal and his staff are amazing, I came to see him as a 2nd opinion for my son, and im so happy with the outcome. I highly recommend Dr Lal, he was very detail on his explanations and very professional.
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We decided to try Dr. Lal as he had Saturday appts and my daughter was advised to be seen sooner than later. He was very conscientious and skilled in managing my daughter's anxiety. He was also very clear in explaining herproblem to us and how he was going to take care of it. We are now considering of changing to him to be our regular dentist.
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Excellent with the kids! The best Dental Pediatric for kids I highly recommend him!!
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He was wonderful! When we arrived he greeted us, the office is very clean & designed for kids with the toys & electronics they have. He is definitely going to be my daughters Dentist until she’s 18! He’s great I highlyrecommend him & they have saturday appointments which helps alot.
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We really enjoyed our visit with to Happy Teeth. All the staff were very friendly. Great bedside manner for doctor and hygienest who were patient and calm with our nervous kids (2 and 5) . We would highly recommend and definitely plan to continue with them.
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Awesome doctor. Can’t say enough about how wonderful he is with both my kids. So patient. So careful. So gentle and so professional. I’ve found a gem of a dentist.
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Lal has a delightful disposition and was so gentle and patient with my two girls. He managed to get my 3 year old daughter who had been terrified to sit through a visit, to quietly sit and get her cleaningwithout a peep! He is clearly not only an excellent dentist but truly a kid person.
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Highly recommended! Dr Lal is gentle and kind. He was thorough in assessing a cavity, and his course of treatment is thoughtful and conservative. He even took the time to respond to my questions on a Sunday!
More than 1 year ago
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While in the waiting room briefly before our visit, a child of about ten turned to his caregiver and said, out of nowhere, "I love my dentist." My toddler can't talk yet to say anything like that, but he didn't cryor even squirm away during his very first dentist visit. That is how calm, competent, and amazing Dr. Lal is.
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We had a great experience! We found Dr. Lal to be gentle, well informed and kind.
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My 7 year old son arrived to Dr. Lal with a complicated issue that stressed us all out. Dr. Lal’s treatment, combined with his calmness and his unbelievable talent to speak the child’s language (have you ever heard of the “SleepingJuice” that puts your teeth to sleep?) made sure that the procedure ended up in the best possible way. We were grateful for that. The clinic has everything to help kids have a good dental experience: large TVs (so they can watch shows while being treated), laughing gas if needed, small gifts at the end of your visit, and most importantly - friendly, gentle, and professional staff. Based on our excellent experience, we decided that our two other kids will also become patients of Dr. Lal. It is important for us to know that they get the best treatment not only for regular checkups but most importantly, when an issue comes up and you need the most professional dentist to take care of them!
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Great!
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Very professional and good with our children. We highly recommend him.
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Greeted us while waiting in the waiting room. Friendly and accommodating staff. Nice and clean clinic. Very personable to my son.
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Great receptionist and nice office, the Dr. has a great manner with kids and parents alike. It was a quick and easy trip to the dentist!
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Great first dental experience for my son! Dr. Lal was gentle and obviously great with kids, highly recommend.
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Excellent! He was great with my 7 year old son. He also took the time out to address all my concerns.
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A great experience for my 6 year old and almost 2 year old daughters. The doctor was very patient, friendly, explained everything in detail and was very much liked by my girls. I wish I had this kind of dentist growingup myself - it would have made my visits to the dentist enjoyable!
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Took our 3 year old twins for 1st dentist visit. Dr. Lal was great!
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He has such a calming demeanor! He put my child at ease. I would recommend him to anyone!! Great A++++
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The doctor was extremely friendly and took the time to give us explanation and comment the X-ray with us.
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Amazing, above and beyond. My kids loved going there so much that they beg to go more. Amazing with kids, amazing bed side manner, all around amazing doctor. Feel lucky to have found the practice.
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Everything about this office was positive. When I made the appointment, I didn't know I had given the wrong insurance information and the receptionist called the insurance company FOR me and straightened everything out-SO incredibly helpfulwhen you have a toddler to take care of. Dr. Lal was very calm, patient, and sweet with my 15mo who was incredibly anxious and scared. It was her first visit and she cried because she was in a new environment and a stranger was looking into her mouth, but i expected her to react this way. She did love that there were many stuffed animals to hold onto, a wooden activity box in the waiting room, and a television with cartoons to watch while sitting in the dentist chair - for older kids there was also an iPad filled with games. The only trouble I had was finding the office for the first time- it is located on the side of the building. Overall I definitely recommend.
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We had read great things about Dr. Lal prior to scheduling a "first visit" appointment for our 2.5-year-old son, and were not disappointed. From Sharon, the receptionist, to Dr. Lal himself, everyone on the 'team' was pleasant, professional,and accommodating. Dr. Lal and his staff have a great manner with both patients and parents, and took the time to explain things as directly and clearly as possible. The office is state-of-the-art, very bright, and very kid-friendly, and is in a nice location off-the-beaten-path on the UWS. Looking forward to our next visit when it's time!!
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Dr. Lal is a wonderful doctor and person. My 8 year old daughter was a little scared about going to the dentist and he and his dental assistant made her feel completely at ease. The exam went perfectly thanks to hiscomplete attention on my daughter and his ability to ease her anxiety. Being in Dr. Lal's office was a wonderful experience. The front desk is great and everything there went very smoothly. Sheila R.
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My son is very anxious when it comes to visiting dentists, which is the reason we hadn't been in a while. But Dr. Lal had a very reassuring and calm manner, and knew how to make him comfortable. He was verypatient in explaining everything and the staff was really nice too....He had a great goodie bag of dental stuff, which made sure that my son will not complain about the next visit!
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Dr Lal made our son feel at ease. We would highly recommend him!
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Dr Lal was excellent! He is very kind and made my son and me feel very comfortable. I would highly recommend him.
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Doctor Lal rules! He is very professional, great with kids, and extremely knowledgeable. I couldn't recommend him more.
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Dr Shantanu and his dental assistant were excellent, patient and very attentive to my children's needs. They both truly enjoy working with children and eased their anxieties throughout the appointment. He was able to attend to my children'sneeds for follow up care during the appointment so they would not be anxious leaving and later returning for additional care. We felt cared about during the appointment as they genuinely listen to the children and addressed their individual needs. As a parent I was informed through out the visit of what was occurring at every moment and provided visual opportunities as the Doctor educated me about their teeth. They make an outstanding team and we will be returning regularly.
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