Although we take a trip to the dentist’s clinic to find a solution, there may be times when, instead, they give us additional problems. Time and time again, there have many reports about dental scams from billing fraud to misrepresenting their services. That being said, we must do everything in our power to make sure that we are not falling into the hands of scammers.
Fortunately, there may be signs that will serve as indicators on whether or not your dentist is tricking you. It’s best to always be alert and to actually ask questions with regards to your dental concerns before proceeding with any procedures or payments.
Here are some of the signs that you might be getting scammed by your dentist.
Signs of Scam
- Suggestions of Expensive Services
It’s important for you to know your dental health condition. If you’ve never really had major problems (according to your previous dentists) and all of a sudden, your current dentist orders you to get lots and lots of expensive dental treatments–don’t fall for it easily. Go through each treatment one by one and ask for their purposes.
- Invisible Dental Problems
One common dental scam is being told that you have cavities even when you actually don’t. Don’t be afraid to ask your dentist to show you what he/she is talking about. It’s better to see for yourself. And if you don’t see anything, try asking them about it. Also, do your own research.
- Excessive Dental Services
Dental services such as as x-rays may be done every 2 years; other services such as teeth cleaning may be done once or twice a year; so, if your dentist is ordering you to get services every month or so, you might be in for a scam.
- Deals and Offers
Legitimate dentists do not really do sales talk. Scamming dentists, on the other hand, will trick you into cheap packages and deals usually for teeth whitening, laser services, fillings, etc.
Tips on Avoiding
- To avoid dental scams, always do your own research. Research about the dentist, the problem, the proposed treatments, the price ranges, the frequency of services, etc. You can easily do this through google, just make sure your sources are reliable. Reliable and trustworthy dentists, such as ATX endodontics, would have websites that are not sketchy, offers right and sufficient information, and would definitely display their accreditation.
- Don’t be afraid to go find second or third opinions. It’s better to spend for consultation fees rather than spending thousands of dollars on treatments you never really needed.
- Don’t give in easily and don’t pay right away especially for offers, deals, etc. Always ask for some time to think about it. Usually, when you say yes to these offers, the additional or extra costs would pop out and before you know it, the total price you need to pay is much bigger than the initial price that was offered.