Looking back I should have known to leave her office after the consultation. She started talking about payment options before even looking at my x rays. It was $100 for the consult, the good dentist was a free consult. The first dentist's office was empty every time I went in but she still seemed to be in a hurry to get done and acted annoyed when I asked questions. The good dentist I have now is Dr Page Barden and has a full office all the time yet will answer questions and explain all you want to know about everything so you feel comfortable. Go with your first impression and don't be afraid to tell them you're going to talk to other dentists, you can always come back. I understand it's a business but you can tell if they are there to help you with your teeth or if they just want to get your cash to pay the bills. The first dentist I went to was in the same plan/group as my regular dentist. The great dentist I just googled LANAP in my city and planned on going to several different offices but met him and his office staff first and was sure they were it. Maybe you can ask if they have patient testimonials or even ask the people in the waiting room how long they've been going there.View Thread
I had this procedure done about 6 months ago with 2 different dentists in Cumming GA. The first dentist had decent reviews but having LANAP done by her on the right side of my mouth was the worst pain I've felt in my life and I've broken bones and been in a couple of bad car accidents, I was crying and begging for her to stop and almost broke the arms off the chair. She said I wasn't in pain, just scared!?! I was bleeding a lot not just from my gums but where she burnt my tongue and side of my mouth too, swelled up worse than when I had my wisdom teeth removed, I couldn't even stand to drink water for the first several days because of the stinging pain. I called after not even being able to sleep and was told by her that it's normal. I went back to get the left side done a few days later (with no sleep, no food, very little water, and I only weigh 105lbs in the first place) and was told that my blood pressure was too high and to just calm down, not possible knowing what I was in for. I went to another dentist and he was amazing. He said it should never feel or look like that and prescribed me a pain killer and a stronger antibiotic then set an appointment to do the left side. I was scared going in to have the second half done but it was totally painless and the recovery time was so much faster and easier. I went for a checkup and the left side is perfect, the right side gums and teeth are still very sensitive, difficult to chew on, and very painful to floss. I have a lifelong allergy to all dairy and now talking calcium and magnesium supplements per dentist number 2, he said there is no reason for any of my teeth to come out, the LANAP was good to have because of my severe lack of calcium and previously smoking cigarettes but wasn't an immediate need, a very different opinion than the first dentist saying I had to do LANAP immediately or I would have to have ALL of my teeth pulled before I turned 30. The kicker is that dentist 2 was over $1000 less than dentist 1. It's the same machine, it just comes down to who is doing it.View Thread
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