I've gone to another dentist before, who took x-rays, ""saw nothing"" and recommended that I get braces for $3000, because ""it may help.""
I looked up dentists online and decided to give Goleta Dental a try. I called them at 8am because of severe pain in my tooth and they managed to fit me the same day. I went in, I explained my situation, the doctor asked me some questions, and just like that he concluded that I needed root canal surgery. After confirming it with some more x-rays, he went ahead and scheduled me for the root canal right away.
The procedure was pretty uneventful. Although, the dental assistant didn't really seem to know what she was doing (e.g. she would use the little white suction tube thing to suck at random parts in my mouth and not where there was actually water for her to remove); nothing egregiously wrong. The whole appointment took only an hour. Overall, the procedure went smoothly.
I haven't had to deal with my insurance and everything yet, so we'll see how the billing part goes in the future.
Also, they're pretty low-tech (but still well-equipped). For example, their scheduling is done on a day planner and not on the computer. And so, if you want a place that doesn't have a lot of frills, but will get the job done swiftly and effectively, I high recommend this place.
Pros: friendly, knowledgeable, recommends only procedures i need
Cons: Their English isn't that great, so you'll need to be patient