How to not get ripped off by a dentist
Beware of Dentist rip offs
I have just recently experienced a horrible Dentist rip off. I was going to this old dentist for years and he was wonderful and fair with his prices and very pleasant indeed. He retired a few years back and his replacement was a young up and comer. I think he must be trying to pay off his student loans. I hadn't had to go to a dentist for a few years but when I went into this particular office, I was expecting the same friendly staff. Instead I was greeted with a "sit down out there and we'll get to you as soon as we can". Mind you I had made an appointment weeks in advance as this new doctor was supposedly booked up in advance. So it made it seem as if he was wonderful.
Well I finally got into the chair where this assistant put a led vest on me and started taking x-rays, which by the way I never asked for. Then the young doctor came in and barely even said hello to me and started talking over my head about all the work that I was going to need. I specifically told him that I was only concerned about one particular tooth that was bothering me but he wasn't listening to a word I said. I was trying to engage in a conversation but he was to busy talking to his assistant that I just gave up. Then finally he said we need to get you in for another appointment to do the opposite side of my mouth with fillings and I said the other side of my mouth was the one hurting and could he please take care of that one first. He said no that the other side had more fillings that needed to be tended to.
I was beyond furious and just walked to the appointment desk , where the financial person said you know you should get in for cleanings more often etc.... . She knows that I have no insurance and I'd be paying out of pocket or with credit care but that didn't seem to matter . Just very cold and rude. I left feeling very disillusioned and sad that the same care I had gotten just a few years before was gone.
I then went in search for another dentist and this one senior client of mine told me about this dentist that was very reasonable. So I gave him a call and he saw me within less than a week and didn't make me wait all day and listened to me and took care of the tooth that was having a problem and said that I didn't need to worry about the other side of my mouth for at least another year or 2. I was so relieved to finally find a fair and honest dentist, one that actually listened to me a helped me right away.
I then called the other office and canceled with the dentist that ignored me and his financial person called back and said that I owed $132 for x-rays and consultation. So I took care of it and made it very clear I was never going back to their office again. He charges exorbitant rates and didn't listen to a word I said.
So the lesson learned was to really be careful who you trust in the dental profession and if you feel uncomfortable listen to that and act accordingly. Just because they have a fancy office and a supposed huge clientele doesn't mean they are for you. Beware of scam artist dentists trying to charge for things you simply don't need.
I hope this helps before your next dental visit.