I am a senior with limited income and recently had a vizilite solution performed by my new dentist’s employee. It cost $59.00 and they way it was pushed on me I feel their tactics indicate I wasted my money. Am I correct? Also for my next appointment they want to do a deep cleaning at a cost to me of $113.00. How can I determine it is necessary as dental insurance only covers a normal cleaning not deep. Thanks for a prompt reply.
– Joe from Florida
Your concerns about being pushed into choices by your dental office sound justified. I know how you feel–you’re in a vulnerable position of needing to trust your dental office, and then you get pushed into add-on tests and services that you’re not sure you need.
The ViziLite is an excellent screening tool for oral cancer, but if I were on a tight budget, I think I’d skip it if it were going to cost me $59. The deep cleaning may be needed. But if they were pushy with me on the one issue, it makes me more skeptical.
If you are finding that you have a problem trusting your dental office, I would go shopping around for another dentist. There is no way for you to check up on them to make sure you need everything they say you need, so it all comes down to trust. In my opinion, dentists as a rule are very ethical, but there are some who are not trustworthy. And this pushiness is a red flag to me.
– Dr. Hall
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