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Old 07-18-2015, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Moses Lake, WA
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I'm having trouble deciding what to do:

I have 2 teeth that need to be extracted.

I have the choice of going to a nearby dentist (Richland, WA) on Monday, where I will have to pay cash, as he does not take my insurance, but he's just one mile from me. Driving back after 2 extractions, would be easier on me, as I'll be bleeding and biting down on gauge.

Second choice is a dentist in the next town (Pasco, WA), longer commute, quite the drive after extractions, but free. This dentist takes my insurance.

First dentist near me, will allow me to pay in 2 payments, which will help, but it's still money I wouldn't have to spend, if I went to second dentist. But I also like the idea of a private dentist, who will give me his full attention, as opposed to a Dental Clinic, where there are many others waiting and being seen.

I just hate the thought of driving all the way to the next town, and back, after extractions.

NOTE: for those of you from the tri-cities area in WA. The first dentist is in Richland, the second one (free) is on the East side of Pasco. Another reason I'd prefer not to go to the second dentist. I don't know Pasco well, and I've never been to the dentist, or the area.

I do have the cash for one payment, but I'm also living month to month. So there's that.

I have appt. for both on Monday, as I wanted to make sure either way, I get them out.

What would you do?
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Old 07-18-2015, 03:45 PM
 
Location: In a house
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I'm having trouble deciding what to do:

I have 2 teeth that need to be extracted.

I have the choice of going to a nearby dentist (Richland, WA) on Monday, where I will have to pay cash, as he does not take my insurance, but he's just one mile from me. Driving back after 2 extractions, would be easier on me, as I'll be bleeding and biting down on gauge.

Second choice is a dentist in the next town (Pasco, WA), longer commute, quite the drive after extractions, but free. This dentist takes my insurance.

First dentist near me, will allow me to pay in 2 payments, which will help, but it's still money I wouldn't have to spend, if I went to second dentist. But I also like the idea of a private dentist, who will give me his full attention, as opposed to a Dental Clinic, where there are many others waiting and being seen.

I just hate the thought of driving all the way to the next town, and back, after extractions.

NOTE: for those of you from the tri-cities area in WA. The first dentist is in Richland, the second one (free) is on the East side of Pasco. Another reason I'd prefer not to go to the second dentist. I don't know Pasco well, and I've never been to the dentist, or the area.

I do have the cash for one payment, but I'm also living month to month. So there's that.

I have appt. for both on Monday, as I wanted to make sure either way, I get them out.

What would you do?
I just did a google search and found over a dozen dentists in Richland that were -not- dental clinics. I also found some dental clinics.

Thing is though, you are saying you only have two options. I think you have a lot more options than that. Why not check some of the other dentists in Richland, see which of them accept your dental plan?
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Old 07-18-2015, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Moses Lake, WA
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I just did a google search and found over a dozen dentists in Richland that were -not- dental clinics. I also found some dental clinics.

Thing is though, you are saying you only have two options. I think you have a lot more options than that. Why not check some of the other dentists in Richland, see which of them accept your dental plan?
I have .... there are very few who accept my insurance, and the one clinic in my area that does, is the one who is sending me to Pasco, as that's where the first opening is ... the one in Kennewick is not until end of September, and these have to come out now.

I have Insurance under Washington Apple Care.

I have a condition where my gums are receding, nothing can stop it at this point (lupus), and nerves are exposed, so this can't wait.
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Old 07-18-2015, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Moses Lake, WA
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I THINK I've decided to go to the dentist close to me, and pay in payments, only because I've never been to the Pasco clinic or the area, and it's too far to drive home alone after surgery.

The private dentist close to home: I've met him, he's given me the first visit, consultation and xrays free, and he's only 1 mile away.
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Old 07-18-2015, 09:00 PM
 
Location: In a house
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Are these impacted wisdom teeth? If not, then the extraction isn't likely to be a big deal. You'll be numb, and you'll probably drool a bit til you replace the gauze. You won't be bleeding all that much. If they're impacted wisdom teeth you might want to consider bringing someone to drive you home, in case the dentist has to use something stronger than nitrous and lidocane.
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Old 07-18-2015, 10:21 PM
 
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How do you know the extractions will be "free" by the one dentist? Dental insurance almost never covers extractions completely. Usually they have their UCR fee and the insurance pays maybe 50% or 80% and you pay the rest. Have you looked into the details of this yet?
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Old 07-19-2015, 09:36 AM
 
Location: In a house
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How do you know the extractions will be "free" by the one dentist? Dental insurance almost never covers extractions completely. Usually they have their UCR fee and the insurance pays maybe 50% or 80% and you pay the rest. Have you looked into the details of this yet?
Apple Care in Washington is Medicaid. They're recently restored dental health coverage and extractions are covered as long as it's just a couple of teeth and doesn't result in the need for dentures. The problem is that most dentists don't accept Medicaid, so she's basically stuck either paying cash, or going to a clinic. If she's on medicaid, she shouldn't be paying cash for medical/dental care that is already covered.
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Old 07-19-2015, 02:15 PM
 
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Oh sorry I must have missed where the OP said they had Apple Care. I thought they said insurance.
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Old 07-19-2015, 07:38 PM
 
Location: In a house
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Oh sorry I must have missed where the OP said they had Apple Care. I thought they said insurance.
She did. I think she doesn't understand that Apple Care isn't insurance at all.
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Old 07-20-2015, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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why are you scared to drive after an extraction?

its "free". take someone with you. buy them lunch. theyll drive you back. call it a day.
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