I'm so angry - dentist charged for "behavior management"!

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  1. IndianaPrincess

    IndianaPrincess Mouseketeer

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    I am so confused about how you can say that my post is "patently false" and then agree with what I said?!?!? Yes, there are things not covered by insurance, but you have to agree to it beforehand.
     
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  3. sookie

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    I bet she will be fine! I hope they reverse the fee.

    My kids have seen both peds and family dentistry. Honestly, our peds dentists have been grouchy old men and family dentistry has been a more pleasurable experience.

    In our last family practice, they saw the dentist in the practice that had a special interest in kids dentistry. She was a dream. She liked working with them and you could tell because the kids just loved her. My kids could play with the iPad when they showed up and while they were waiting for the dentist to come and do their exam after the hygienist was done cleaning their teeth. There was always something fun and interactive to do.

    One time, my daughter had to have some work done (a filling) and was distracted during a procedure by getting sunglasses (the lights are bright) and getting a manicure. She also had a tiny bit of sedation, but she was still awake and giggling. It was about the cutest thing ever. You have to hold still for your manicure! It worked. Minimal sedation.

    At the current practice we go to - it is family practice dentistry, but it is in a setting that is focused on children. They take anyone of any age, but when I go I am by far the oldest one there. That is a real flip! :) Again, they are lovely and really know how to work with the kids. They did a great job with my husband and all the work he had to have done. He has horrible teeth and I think part of it is genetic. For us, family practice dentistry has been just as knowledgeable about adult bad teeth (my husband) as they are about kid / developing teeth!

    OP did a good job. No it was not a critique of her. I was responding to another poster. And you are doing exactly right - getting them in before they have problems is what is important.

    You can decrease fear in children by letting them learn what happens at the dentist by attending at a young age, you can have someone available to you in an emergency (like what the OP experienced - a broken tooth), get good advice regarding habits such as thumb / finger sucking or pacifiers that can change bite, and many other issues if your children have perfect teeth. But surprisingly, I have seen decay very early in some babies.

    I had one patient who was probably 13 months old and only had a few teeth, but was starting to show some yellowing / decay. She did have significant tooth decay after an exam from a qualified dentist, and it was because she was a co-sleeping baby and therefore continually nursed on and off throughout the night. Who would have thought of that?! While I don't really agree with the co-sleeping (different subject, won't get into it here), we all agree that breastfeeding is very good. Would that have been on your screener? Maybe not, but it was on the dentists.

    You would be surprised how early tooth decay can set in with some children. Predisposition to cavities is very true, but it is really very multifactorial - that is why you have to start out with good dental care very early on.

    Usually, those are elective things. I would think. Like the veneers.
     
  4. kellylfitz

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    This is what is not true and I am sorry I used the phrase "patently false" which I realize is inflammatory. Your post says that the dentist has to simply accept what the insurance company is willing to pay and that is not true. It is just that the dentist won't get reimbursed if work is done outside the scope of the policy and must collect it from the patient. While it is good practice to make sure the patient knows about all costs going into a procedure (I always provided a print out of the treatment plan that included all costs based on what I thought would be required), sometimes things just don't go the way you planned. Just because something comes up that wasn't foreseen doesn't mean that the dentist has to write it off.

    Like I said, I really don't want to argue, especially about dentistry on DIS, so I will keep my word which I initially broke and bow out of this thread. Good luck OP. I hope you are able to find an acceptable resolution and that this hasn't caused you too much stress.
     
  5. ThisIsTheYear

    ThisIsTheYear Too far from Mickey!<br><a href="http://www.disboa

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    It pains me to bump this thread. Lol

    UPDATE: The lady in billing called back and said they dropped the fee. Lesson learned - if you bring your baby to the dentist, tell them not to cry. :rotfl:
     
  6. kirstenb1

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    Thanks for the update--glad you were able to get this resolved!!
     
  7. ThisIsTheYear

    ThisIsTheYear Too far from Mickey!<br><a href="http://www.disboa

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    Thank you!
     
  8. mrsklamc

    mrsklamc <font color=blue>I apologize in advance, but what

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    I know that part of being a preferred provider on my dental insurance is agreeing not to charge more than the agreed upon rate. So in my particular case, yes, "the dentist has to simply accept what the insurance company is willing to pay."
     
  9. luvthemouse71

    luvthemouse71 Cries like a baby at Illuminations..

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    If the mom sat there and held the kiddo, then the staff has little to complain about, IMO. As far as the screaming, he's a pedi dentist. I'm sure there's lots of yelling, screaming and crying that goes on there on a daily basis.:lmao:
     
  10. kellylfitz

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    Thats not what I said. If the insurance doesnt cover something then the dentist can stiill get paid. Thats what I said.
     

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