I learned about dental sedation and became very excited. It sounded like a very easy way for me to finally deal with all the work I need but have been afraid to do. I was thrilled to finally get a healthy mouth. The dentist and I spoke carefully about what needs to be done. I couldn’t afford all of it at once, so I sat down with their business manager afterward and we set up a schedule to spread out the work in a way that allows me to work within my budget. We did the first group of work yesterday. I was thrilled because the appointment was completely painless. I slept through the whole thing. However, today, they called and said that the dentist was able to do extra work because everything went quickly. They told me they’ll send the extra bill in the mail because I was a bit out of it yesterday. Can they do that? I was so shocked they did something off our schedule without getting my permission first I forgot to ask what exactly they did. Now I’m afraid to trust them. How do I know if they’re going to do other things while I’m “Out of it”?
I can understand your concern. It’s not only unethical for them to do any work when you don’t consent, but he can get in serious trouble. I’d remind them that you’d only given consent to the original procedures and you shouldn’t be charged for the additional work. If they give you a hard time, tell them you’ll be speaking with the dental board.
I’d also never go back to that office again. They can’t be trusted. I don’t want you to think this is the experience you’d get at another office with sedation. There’s something wrong with the clinic you went to. That’s not your fault. Patients should be able to trust their medical practitioners.
Advantages of Sedation Dentistry
As you’ve already discovered, sedation dentistry is a wonderful way to get work done without any anxiety. It also allows the dentist to do more work then he or she would normally be able to do in one session because you’re so relaxed. However, only with your permission.
I’d go to another sedation dentist in your area and explain what happened at the last office you went to. It will probably save you time and money if you have the plan you’d already come up with. They can evaluate it and make sure the work was in a logical way.
Sometimes even though something isn’t technically the most urgent, it can save you a ton of money. For instance, if you catch decay fast enough and fill it, it’s not urgent but can prevent you from needing a root canal or dental crown.
Though, saving a tooth will be the first priority. You don’t want to have to get expensive tooth replacements.
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