Dr. Norman Bull

Dentist

Location:
Victoria, British Columbia Map External Link
Gender:M
Specialty:Dentist
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Practice: Bull Norman J Dr
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Phone:250-595-3322
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Accepting New Patients:Y

Profile updated 29/08/13    Submit profile update    Subscribe to profile updates

Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 30 reviews. Dr. Norman Bull has a good overall rating on RateMDs.com. smile

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Dentist-related: cavities, gum disease, teeth cleaning, dental care, gingivitis
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Date Staff Punctual Helpful Knowledge Review Comments
RID: 3588620
28/10/13 2 5 5 5 I have had and still have, Dr Bull for 12 years now, and I just love him! He is so friendly, caring and knowledgeable. He is always on time and very good to my children. I love how he signs to my youngest while checking her teeth out. Some of his staff are super friendly, caring and understanding . But some are very rude! They have treated me like I was dirty or something! I would rate Dr Bull and SOME of his staff a 5 :)  Respond
RID: 1556569
08/10/11 4 4 2 3 I've been taking my kids to Dr. Bull for about 8 years. He's great with them. My huge complaint is when my son was about 1.5 years old his enamel on his teeth was deteriorating and they were bleeding because the nerves were exposed. So Dr. Bull pulled all 4 of his front top teeth out, right there in the chair. It was the most traumatic ever experience ever for both my son and my husband and myself. We ended up going to another dentist for my son, and he was very upset that the teeth were pulled, he said that they could have been saved and capped. My son didn't get his adult front teeth until the end of grade 4. His teeth have grown in crooked and with a big gap between the front 2. Now my youngest who is 17 months old is having the same problem with her teeth, Dr. Bull says he will cap them but it will be a 4 month wait because she will need general anesthesia and be at the hospital. I fear in 4 months there won't be enough of the teeth to save. I'm now looking for a new dentist!  Respond
RID: 1506753
08/08/11 1 3 4 4 On one single occasion my teen daughter forgot to present herself to the desk staff until she had been there for 30 minutes. This was counted as a missed appointment. I suggested to the staff that they could have called her name and found her there, but they apparently took offense to my remark--9 months later I called to ask why we were no longer receiving reminders, and was told (after being on hold for 10 minutes) that we were no longer clients of the dentist. I was not given any valid reason other than 'missed appointments'. I asked to have an explanation and was told there was none beyond a note from the dentist saying we were no longer clients. Nothing untoward was ever done, it was simply a misunderstanding. I feel it was unprofessional not to have a senior staff person discuss this or try to sort it out, to just cancel our account without any word is unprofessional and coarse on the part of this dentist. Be aware that if you upset his staff, you won't be allowed there.  Respond
RID: 1359734
10/02/11 5 5 5 5 I'm jealous of my kid. I wish I had this dentist growing up. My child loves going tp the dentist. It is not a scary experience at all!  Respond
RID: 1125189
11/03/10 5 4 5 5 I have been going to Dr.Bull for years! I have never found anything bad about the man (except some of his jokes) and I think he has a wonderful way with kids. I'm also someone that has had a lot of cavities due to low enamel, and I might question some of the fillings..but I'm not traumatized by getting them! :p As a dentist he is the best in pediatricts and his office is amazing, I wouldn't go elsewhere- and I'm now over 20- They haven't kicked me out yet!! Send your kids there for sure-every kid in my neighborhood went there, and now all the kids I look after do!  Respond
RID: 1083379
19/01/10 4 3 4 4 I've been going to Dr. Bull as long as I can remember. He's been a great Dr. he has always worked on what needed to be done. He doesn't really force anything on a child. I'm going to continue to see Dr. Bull until I'm at the age of 19.  Respond
RID: 1073983
10/01/10 3 3 2 2 As parents, you only want the necessary works done for your child's baby teeth, but not minor ones. but for the dentist, he want anything possible to be done. I was fooled once, I chose to trust the dentist over my instinct. I suspected after the horrible experience, but not sure. After the visit with my other child who only has a very very minor cavity, and he said the same thing like the cavity will get bigger, and I'll have to extract the teeth. Bla bla.... I didn't deny him face to face. But after the assitant finished the paper work and asked me to see the dentist for my child's treatment, I refused to see him. NO need and don't trust him anymore. Just remember parents, you are the only ones who care the most about your volunable children, don't let the dentists' words beats your instinct. Dentistry is money driven business too, especilly when you have good insurance. It doesn't matter how good your insurance is, you don't want any unnecessary work to be done to those BABY teeth.  Respond
RID: 1058336
16/12/09 3 4 3 4 Take second opinion if you were told that your child need to be put to sleep for 40 or 60 minutes to get the teeth done, as Dr might tell you that the teeth are always urgent to be done, otherwise he will have to extract the teeth in the future. GA is no joking, even though GA is safer now as many Doctors said ,they still have a higher risk comparing sedation and local anasethia, GA is the highest level. I don't know why GA is so widely used in dental surgery here, children don't have to have perfect teeth, if young children have to use GA for the dental surgery, it must be only choice left, if the baby teeth are not in real urgence to be fixed, why not wait when the child is bigger and the work can be done under sedation and local anasethia. Do some research online. Is there any regulation of using GA in very young children' dental treatment in Victoria,or BC or Canada?  Respond
RID: 1053073
09/12/09 2 4 2 1 Please note that Dr. Bull is NOT a pediatric dentist. He merely chooses to limit the practice to children. This is important if your child requires treatment other then regular cleanings. Then you should consider seeing an actual specialist.  Respond
RID: 1049407
03/12/09 5 5 5 5 every time we went he was very helpful and has a great sense of humour. he is a great dentist for children.  Respond
RID: 1024158
02/11/09 2 5 5 5 I have no complaints about the dentist or his hygienists. But I have had less than pleasant exchanges with one of the front end staff in particular over a minor matter of chart information. Very rude, almost decided to leave the practice.  Respond
RID: 981491
06/09/09 4 4 5 4 We love Dr Bull. I have two little ones (now 7 and 4) who have seen him for all there first check ups and one filling. He and his staff are great with kids and parents too!  Respond
RID: 950999
30/07/09 2 4 1 3 for a pediatric dentist he has no feelings for small children and I'm pretty sure he only has cats not kids as it was an aweful experience for my son  Respond
RID: 939081
17/07/09 3 4 5 5 Dr. Bull was awesome with my son while doing fillings, and was able to get them done, where another dentist couldn't. Both him and his assistant were very pleasant and made us both feel at ease, even when the process was difficult. The front desk staff were less pleasant and helpful, which is the only thing that brings this awesome practice down in my opinion.  Respond
RID: 722429
14/11/08 5 4 5 5 I love seeing doctor bull. I saw him from the time i was 5 until i was 19 and i wish i didnt have to go anywhere else! I highly recommend him for a dentist after bad memories from other dentists!  Respond
RID: 707424
22/10/08 5 5 5 5 He is a great dentist!!! And most importantly my kids love going to him!!  Respond
RID: 666730
16/08/08 5 5 5 5 Dr. Bull is the best! My daughter was 12 when she first went to see Dr. Bull, I only wish I had heard of him sooner. Dr. Bull is great with children, only does what is necessary, very knowledgeable, trustworthy, and has great prices. I highly recommend Dr. Bull.  Respond
RID: 504119
04/02/08 5 5 5 5 My kids Love going to the dentist because of him. What more can you ask for? 2 big thumbs up!!  Respond
RID: 468856
20/12/07 4 4 1 3 Wow, what a different experience my daughter and I had with this dentist. He was the first dentist I went to see with my daughter (5yrs old, at the time). OK, he was nice enough, but when he recomended putting my daughter under to fill 8 of her baby teeth, when she'd never complained of any pain, I went to seek another opinion. I played dumb with the next dentist and pretended it was our first appointment. He told me that my daughter had a few cavities but that she would be loosing those teeth soon, and that if there was no pain, there was no worries. She is now 8yrs old, no fillings, no problems. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, do not be afraid to question your doctor's opinions. Doctors are not all knowing and sometimes, you should listen to your instincts especially as a parent of a vulnerable child.  Respond
RID: 250647
01/04/07 3 5 5 My son actually enjoys going to the dentist. However, he isn't big on the assistants, and it seems they are friendlier and nicer to him (my son) when I actually go in with him, as opposed to me sitting in the waiting room. But as for Dr. Bull, he's great.  Respond
RID: 192529
13/03/07 5 5 5 I love this guy! I've been going to him since I was a kid. He's a very nice, non-threatening man. His office feels very friendly and welcoming. Too many airhead assistants though.  Respond
RID: 176526
07/03/07 5 5 5 the doctor said he'd do my filling for a dollar and 50 cents. He did it and charged me 25 cents. what a nice guy 
Paid (or co-pay): $150
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RID: 169320
04/03/07 5 5 5 An outstanding dentist!! We are thrilled with his manner, knowledge and understanding of timid children.  Respond
RID: 162243
28/02/07 5 5 5 Couldn't ask for a better dentist for children. Incredible soft touch. Good preventative approach. Never judgmental. The best of the best!  Respond
RID: 161401
27/02/07 5 5 5 Dr Bull is not an alarmist. He does not recommend unecessary procedures or try to panic parents. I have always found him to be fair and practical in his recommendations. He explained what needed to be done very well and showed the x-rays to support it. He is very good with my daughter and very gentle and takes the time to make it a comfortable experience for her.  Respond
RID: 161120
27/02/07 5 5 5 Dr Bull is amazing with my son who loves to go to the dentist now! Front desk staff tend to be a little on the rude and impatient side. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
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RID: 106542
21/01/07 5 5 5 Great dentist. When I went to him many years ago I found his staff at the time to be not so good with the kids, but he was always great. At the kids request we always used to have him do the entire procedure, since they liked him so much.  Respond
RID: 101183
18/01/07 5 5 5 The kids actually don't mind going to the Dentist! I think that says alot, also a great support staff!  Respond
RID: 47446
26/09/06 5 5 5 Dr Bull is great and the hygenists were great they are awesome with the children. As a parent I always appreciated that he sat you down and talked about your children's teeth and what was the concern or good report. we miss you Dr Bull and staff  Respond
RID: 32094
09/06/06 4 5 5 I used to see Dr. Bull as a kid and he is awesome! He loves kids and always makes them feel comfortable, especially when he's doing tooth extractions!  Respond
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