Tuesday, August 2, 2011
I know I'm going to catch a LOT of heat for this post but I have to vent!!! I'm outraged because I KNOW there has to be millions of other people out there going through the same thing I am right now!
HAVE NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHY, a person living in AMERICA, needs to suffer with tooth pain because they just can't afford to pay to go to a Dentist!!!
I have had a toothache for over a year!!!
No joke, no exaggeration!! Over the last few weeks it has gotten a lot worse though and I simply can't afford to go to the dentist!!
It's pretty bad when you contemplate drinking a bottle of whiskey and giving your husband a pair of pliers, and begging him to just pull it out once I pass out!!!! They did it back in the olden days, why can't we do it today?
I wish I bought stock in Orajel products before all of this happened because I would have made myself rich over the course of a year!
|BEST TOOTH PAIN PRODUCT, EVER!!|
Orajel has been my friend, my true love, and only hope with this tooth pain!
It takes that, " I want to smash my head into the wall until the tooth falls out", pain away for a while.
Which, by the way, I am indebted to them for the rest of my life for!!! They are third on the list of my all time favorite people in the world right now! Orajel comes right after the 2 anaesthesiologists that gave me my epidurals when I was in labor with my kids! Sorry guys, that pain was a lot worse! Thirds not bad!
This servere PM cream that they make is as close to getting a Novocaine shot into your mouth as you can get!
A product sent from GOD, as I see it! I'm telling you, you can squeeze it right into the hole that's in your tooth or on a crack at the top or sides and because of how thick it is it just kind of settles into those areas that are making your brain ache from the pain!
I seriously LOVE the makers of Orajel for making this product!! I could NOT have made it through pain, without their product! Thank God someones looking out for us!
I'm not sure if its the same in the entire country but our state does not regulate dentists or the outrageous fees that are charged for dental work! There are a few different plans that you can choose from in NJ! One is "ACTUAL" dental insurance and the other is the tricky "DISCOUNT" insurance. Both of which are expensive and have a LOT of out of pocket expenses. Even if you are one of those fortunate people to have dental insurance in this state, the co-pays and deductibles are SO high that most people can't pay them either so even insured people can't go to the dentist in this economy! For our family, of course, our priority was making sure we had medical insurance! We couldn't afford both so it was one or the other!
Riddle me this Batman!!! Why is the cost to have a tooth pulled SO much money today?
Here are the approximate fees that I was told I would have to come up with to get ONE tooth pulled that MUST BE PAID 100% before any work is done at all!!!!!
$180 - Be graced, to walk in the door, of our pretty office fee!
$ 95 - Doctor assessment fee to see what work has to be done so that we can force you to pay 100%-of the bill before they even put that little bib on you to start work!! THEY WILL SHOW YOU THE DOOR IF YOU DON"T HAVE IT and you are still required to pay the 180+95 fee!
$500 - For MANDATORY FULL MOUTH X-RAYS "Just because we CAN fee"!! That's like having a hospital say we're going to XRAY your whole body even though we know just your little toe is broken? It wouldn't happen? This one really gets me mad.
100% - of any work that actually has to be done! which could run from $85 into the thousands depending on whether or not they consider it a procedure if the tooth breaks apart since you had to wait so long to get up enough money to have a professional pull it!
I KNOW for certain that this tooth is not a simple pull and go! This is a molar tooth that has a SILVER filling in it from 900 years ago. One side has a large piece of tooth missing, and the filling on the top of the tooth is cracked and the nerves are exposed there as well! The pain is almost unbearable at times! This tooth will definitely crumble into pieces if they tried to just pull it. They will consider this a surgical pull which means I can expect this bill to be up to 4 times this amount!
I found a site www.Costhelper.com that lists some averages of dental costs across the country. Again, dentists aren't regulated so they CAN and DO charge you what ever they want to! Some of the stories that people wrote as responses brought tears to my eyes.
I would LOVE to have a dentist leave a comment below to help us understand why its like this!
I could have sworn that Dentists took oaths too?! Am I wrong?
I get that you stopped billing people because you weren't getting paid, but come on, not every person doesn't pay!!! Do you realize how much more business you would get if you let people get their teeth fixed and let them make payments?
People can't come up with that kind of money today!!! Not everyone qualifies for FINANCING, and not everyone has a CREDIT card to put your services on!!! A parent is NOT going to let their kids go without eating to pay for a dentist appointment!! It's just not going to happen!
Our state has ONE college hospital listed that you can go to that's in Newark NJ (VERY FAR from where I live) and was told that I had to show up and pray that I got in that day because they don't make appointments! Also, they won't do the work that day! They will then tell you when to come back for the appointment so that they can schedule a student to do the procedure!! And you still have to come up with a substantial amount of money!
I would love to get your feedback on these questions if you have a chance!
1. Have you or a loved one ever gone through a similar experience?
2. What did you have to do to get the problem fixed?
3. Do you know of a special dentist in your area that goes above and beyond to help his fellow man? Please let us know where to find them!
I would love to hear about the good guys too, I haven't had any luck finding one in NJ and would love hear about them if you found one in your area!!