Pushy dentists

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Registered: 11-13-2011
Pushy dentists
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Fri, 08-03-2012 - 6:42pm

My dentist for years has tried to have me get my wisdom teeth removed.  These are healthy teeth that do not cause me any problems.  They have even tried to schedule me for the surgery against my express wishes. I am in my 40s, these are good teeth and no reason to have them removed. So please don't respond with "do what your dentist tells you" because I am just a little bit more intelligent than that. He wants the money, of course.

They also call & bug me to death when its time for my twice-a-year teeth cleaning.  I plan to go, of course, but I am tired of the constant phone calls that come through on my phone on a regular basis, leaving messages. Sometimes they claim they have me down for an appointment, they are "confirming" it, only I never made this appointment.

Is there someone I can complain to about this?  I would like to report them anonymously. I am tired of this garbage.

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Community Leader
Registered: 10-10-2007
Fri, 08-03-2012 - 11:30pm

I have had the same great dentist for many years and like him.  He is not the issue for me.  It is the ladies there who clean my teeth.  I go next week for the first time in over a year for a check up and cleaning.  I am honestly scared to go.  Reason is the pushy issue you mentioned.  They hygenist ladies there are so critical.  I was asked last time, "Do you floss your teeth ever?"  I was like, "excuse me?"  Yes, I do and I don't appreciate the way you approached me.  No, don't floss enough, most people don't.  But, I felt horrible sitting under her and bothered me after going home.

Then the pushy reminders you mentioned came in.  I avoided them.  Finally, one day I decide to tell them why I have not came back.  Told receptionist, who is real nice, that I got scared last time and felt put down by the way I was asked about flossing, so scared to come back.  I received a apology from her and she was going right to tell the dentist when we hung up.  She said I should have told them sooner, but that girl is gone now.

Sorry, didn't mean to write so much :smileyhappy:  My dentist office seems to push a date for next 6 month cleaning before I walk out.  And they do push.  My husband is about ready to find new office.  Ours also told me once I had appt, when I didn't.

 

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 08-06-2012 - 10:53am
My pediatric dentist automatically puts the kids down for an appointment 6 months out, so they call to confirm this appt. a few weeks ahead of time as well as the day before. My normal dentist doesn't do this, but they do push to have you schedule your 6 month visit at your previous one just because they fill up so quickly and if you don't, or call to reschedule, sometimes its a month or more before they have another appointment open. Sometimes its the dentist telling the staff to be proactive like this, or sometimes its just the staff. I would mention it to your dentist the next time you are in, and if it continues to be a problem, I would look for another dentist. The wisdom tooth would be an issue with me, if there is no reason for them to come out, then unless he can explain to you in detail what the pressing need is to have them out, I would tell him point blank you are fine with them in and if he continues to push the issue, you will look for a new dentist. Sometimes they don't realize how pushy they are being until its pointed out to them.
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Registered: 08-24-2009
Mon, 08-06-2012 - 4:54pm

Hi JYladvik, and welcome to Health Issues and Concerns.

If your dentist is pushing you to have an unnecessary procedure, I would think he can be reported to the state dental licensing authority. Here is a list of state dental licensing boards, and a link to the American Dental Association Code of Professional Conduct.

Good luck!

http://www.dentalwatch.org/org/boards.html

http://www.ada.org/194.aspx




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Registered: 11-13-2011
Mon, 08-06-2012 - 8:02pm

<<<They hygenist ladies there are so critical.  I was asked last time, "Do you floss your teeth ever?"  I was like, "excuse me?"  Yes, I do and I don't appreciate the way you approached me.>>>

 

I've had similar experiences, the dental hygeinists can be really judgmental, and I've had some try to scare me that I was going to lose my teeth.  I've also had the condescending lectures about proper dental care. I can go elsewhere so I probably will.

<<<My dentist office seems to push a date for next 6 month cleaning before I walk out.>>>

Same here, I finally told them to QUIT doing that.  I have no idea what I will be doing on a particular day in 6 months.  I don't know anyone who does know that!   I told them no more, that they could call me or send a card when its been 6 months. I posted that initial post on Aug 3, it is Aug 6 and today I received yet another card from them in the mail, remininding me to make the appt. for a teeth cleaning.

 

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Registered: 11-13-2011
Mon, 08-06-2012 - 8:03pm

<<<My normal dentist doesn't do this, but they do push to have you schedule your 6 month visit at your previous one just because they fill up so quickly and if you don't, or call to reschedule, sometimes its a month or more before they have another appointment open.>>>

I don't believe that is the real reason. I think if a dentist is pushing that hard to get commitments for appointments, its because they don't have a lot of patients. Even so, having to wait another month just for a teeth cleaning is not a big deal, at all.

I am actually putting off the teeth cleaning, because I know when I go in, the hygeinist will throw another tantrum about how I need to get my wisdom teeth pulled out.  And it really is a tantrum. I am tired of her snitfits of anger about this issue.

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Registered: 11-13-2011
Mon, 08-06-2012 - 8:05pm

<<If your dentist is pushing you to have an unnecessary procedure, I would think he can be reported to the state dental licensing authority. Here is a list of state dental licensing boards, and a link to the American Dental Association Code of Professional Conduct>>>

Thanks. It is actually his hygeinists who are pushing me to have the unnecessary procedure, so I wonder if I should report them instead.  Also wonder if I can report anonymously.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-13-1999
Wed, 08-08-2012 - 7:47pm

If  your wisdom teeth are fine, I'd  just ignore the dentist too.  I have some crowns I supposedly need and they are mentioned each year but my dentist knows that I'm not going to do anything about them at this point since insurance doesn't cover them.  They just mention them as part of the exam but don't push me.

I only go in once a year and I make that appointment as I'm leaving from the current one so I'm sure I can get in when it fits my schedule.  That way we're set for the next year and no one calls us.  I have the same person clean my teeth every year so she just gets to know what I want.  She is very nice.  It probably doesn't hurt that my dentist is also my third cousin.  I had his dad and grandfather before.

Calley7
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Registered: 10-10-2007
Wed, 08-08-2012 - 9:36pm

Thanks for replying.

I go to the dentist in the morning and I am scared!  I know they will comment on my lack of flossing.  I guess it is a fear I need to deal with.  I wonder if they will be pushy again.

I agree with the office sending you a reminder card when you are getting close to your 6 month cleaning or if you go once a year.  My ob gyn office sends a reminder card telling me that I will be due to come in for my yearly exam the next month of that year.  Call to schedule, it reads.

I will let you all know how it goes.

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-11-2012
Thu, 08-09-2012 - 9:13am

I really like my dentist but he and his staff are rather pushy about cosmetic dentistry. I realize they probably make a lot of money on it but I can't afford it and insurance doesn't cover it. Most people I know are doing good to get their teeth cleaned as you are supposed to much less anything cosmetic.

On the other hand, I do know some people who have gotten some cosmetic dentistry done (whitening, caps, etc.) and I have to say it really changes their appearance and gives them more of a professional look. Several people I work with have gotten some work done and I've noticed and am considering saving up because I'm pretty impressed.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-25-2004
Wed, 08-15-2012 - 10:41pm

Why on earth would anyone continue going to a dentist or any other professional who treated them this way? There are plenty of dentists out there who would welcome your business and treat you well.