I’m a little upset about something and need another dentist’s opinion on how to handle it. I went to a dentist for the first time in a while. I knew I’d need a bunch of work, but I’d been working to get past my dental anxiety with sedation. We set up a very specific plan for the work I needed. We timed it out every few months so I’d have time to save up between procedures. I went in for my first “group” of work. Everything seemed to go fine and I was pretty sure I’d love sedation and would use it forever. But, the next day they called to tell me the dentist was able to fit in a few extra procedures and they’d need me to send my payment. I was furious. We’d agreed on a timetable because that was all I could pay. I reminded them of that but they said they’d have to turn me into collections. Can they do that?
I’ve got to tell you, your dentist behaved unethically. In fact, in your place, I’d never go back to that dentist again. He could actually get in real trouble for treating you without your consent. The fact that you were under sedation and couldn’t give consent makes this more egregious in my opinion. You really want a dentist you can trust.
Please don’t let this one dentist ruin your treatment plan. First, I’d deal with the dentist himself and not the staff. Tell him that you didn’t consent to that work ahead of time. He should write the whole thing off. He likely knows that too. His business manager obviously doesn’t. He could send you to collections, but he wouldn’t get very far. In fact, you could report him to the dental board for doing the work to begin with. Remind him of that if he seems to hesitate about the write-off.
You Should Feel Safe During Dental Sedation
I don’t think you’d ever feel safe again at this office using dental sedation. Given your dental anxiety, sedation would normally be the best solution. So, it’s my recommendation you find a new sedation dentist. One where you can rest peacefully.
This dentist is an anomaly. Sedation Dentists are normally very trustworthy. Check their reviews to make sure no one has had a bad experience with them before you switch. And certainly document what happened to you in this dentist’s review.
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