Dr. Berman was my pediadontist until I was 19 years old. He is absolutely wonderful. I never felt a shot as it was painless with him. I only found out after seeing a regular dentist, as an adult, that the novocaine shot really hurt! Yes, parents are not allowed to go in with their child, but that is with good reason. How many times has your child acted out with you but is a complete angel when they are dealing with an outsider? Parents tend to make it worse on the child as they reflect their fear and anxiety on to them. The reviews that state he is a monster, yells at kids & is mean are a load of baloney! My mother took five children there, with no dental insurance. We absolutely loved him!!! I didn't want to leave. I'd still go there, if I could.