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Meet Dr. Michael Bakken

Dr Bakken

Dr. Bakken was raised primarily in Rochester, MN but also lived in San Jose, CA & England during his youth. He graduated with honors in Chemistry from St. Olaf College in 1989 & with honors from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1994. He has been using the Cerec® same-day crown machine in his office for over ten years, placing over 2500 restorations. He has completed advanced continuing education courses in implant placement & restoration, mini Implants, Botox treatment, bone grafting, sedation & a 120-hour course in esthetic dentistry. He enjoys spending time with his wife & family, serving in his church & coaching lacrosse & hockey.

Jacques Duce
Jacques Duce
01:47 10 Jan 20
I was referred to Apple Valley Dental Care by a friend for almost and decade ago. I have been very pleased with their... services and would definitely recommend that place to anyone I know. Excellent work, affordable price and friendly staff. Thanks, Jacquesread more
Marcos Andrade
Marcos Andrade
18:53 08 Jan 20
You know a visit to the Dentist can make you uneasy. Specially after 5 years without dental care, I decided it was... time. The staff made me feel comfortable from check in untill the follow up call. I’m glad I picked this office to take care of my family’s dental health.read more
Knudt Lien
Knudt Lien
18:40 08 Jan 20
I was a little nervous for my first dentist visit in many years. The staff at Apple Valley Dental Care have was very... helpful, accommodating, and answered all my questions. I would recommend them to anyone in the area that is looking for a family dentist. Thank you for giving me a confident smile again!read more
Nicole Menz
Nicole Menz
18:19 07 Jan 20
I have been going to Apple Valley Dental for over a decade. The staff is always so friendly and welcoming and very... knowledgeable. The dental staff does a great job taking care of my teeth - they make the whole process a breeze. I can't say enough good things. Highly recommend!read more
Bailey Hadnott
Bailey Hadnott
00:59 20 Dec 19
I went in for a simple tooth extraction of 2 wisdom teeth. I had been referred to this office by my actual dentist. I... got there and the woman working at the front desk was very nice but not very knowledgeable. She didn’t give me a cost estimate of the treatment when I asked her for one. Once I met the surgeon, he seemed distracted. He applied numbing cream and didn’t wait long enough for the cream to work before he administered local anesthetic with a needle. Because he didn’t wait long enough, it was extremely uncomfortable. And when I was obviously in discomfort, he didn’t stop or ask if I wanted to wait for the numbing cream to work. Once he got the teeth out, I was told I would receive a prescription for the pain, but the office forgot. I paid my bill (which was overly expensive) and left. I would not go here again.read more
Brian Polkowski
Brian Polkowski
20:31 16 Dec 19
Have been going here for around 9 years and has always had great experiences. Everyone is always very approachable and... willing to answer any questions. It is nice having a dentist office you can continuously rely on.read more
Brian Faas
Brian Faas
01:01 13 Nov 19
The staff at Apple Valley Dental are all very caring and thoughtful. They know their patients by name (and face) and... remember each person's own personal story from one appointment to the next, even though 6 months may elapse between them. Dr. Bakken is the consummate professional, skilled at his craft and available after hours should any emergency occur. I'm glad to have discovered these folks about 7 years ago and expect to continue our relationship for a long time to come.read more
karen laidlaw
karen laidlaw
17:32 04 Nov 19
Friendly and knowledgeable staff. They always make me feel welcome and at ease. The staff is gentle when cleaning my... teeth and when I have to get a filing. After a procedure Dr. Bakken makes a follow up phone call to see how you are feeling and I appreciate that.read more
Toby Curfman
Toby Curfman
20:56 15 Oct 19
Awesome staff. Very thorough and efficient. They will let you know about new products but are not pushy when it comes... to selling them. You get plenty of reminders via email or texts which is nice so you will never forget your appointment.read more
Jamilee H
Jamilee H
19:49 15 Oct 19
Apple Valley Dental Care care is a great place to go for dentist appointments! The staff is extremely friendly and... informative! They explain everything well and make sure you know what’s going on in your mouth and what to work on considering your teeth! 10/10 would recommend! SUPER NICE!read more
Ellen Thibodo
Ellen Thibodo
21:26 07 Oct 19
I’ve been going to Apple Valley Dental for almost 24 years now and I’ve always been pleased with their friendly,... professional service. Dr. Bakken always takes however much time is needed to answer my questions and does a thorough job of investigating any problem areas. He also took time to check up on me when I was undergoing cancer treatment, which I was so appreciative of. His staff, both at the front desk and his assistants have been wonderful and very helpful with more questions and just making you feel very comfortable. I HIGHLY recommend Apple Valley Dental to anyone looking for a new dentist.read more
TJ Kreutzer
TJ Kreutzer
13:41 17 Sep 19
We started coming here about seven years ago, just after moving from Texas, based on the recommendation of a friend and... have been completely satisfied. Very friendly staff and accommodating based on our family's scheduling needs. Up front about costs and they make sure you understand any billing concerns. Several additional optional services also available that I hadn't seen before like oral cancer screening. Great dentist's office!read more
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