This is kinda me ranting… just a warning.
Okay. Health insurance vs. dental insurance. Question number one: why aren’t they the same? As a poor graduate student I am faced with the decision on having to choose between the two and simply can not live if I opt to have both coverages. And by live I mean afford groceries or gas to get to class Mondays-Wednesdays. When I first took my job at Sage, I spoke with a couple of my co-workers about not paying for the dental insurance and they all agreed; it’s cheaper to not have dental insurance.
Back-track just a bit to fill you in on the current situation: when I was at Hudson Valley, I thought I was no longer covered under my mom’s insurance. Well, I was wrong. After not going to the dentist for (gasp!) two years!!! I decided enough was enough and I made an appointment. My mom kindly asked me what my fuss was all about and I complained about having to pay. Apparently, I was covered this whole time and didn’t have to pay last fall because I was covered until my 25th birthday (in January).
Well, I’m 25 now and still have cavities from last fall that need to be filled. I know, I know. Poor decision on my end to wait this long but I figured, no better way to spend my tax return than on dental work. And really, I am thrilled to finally have this taken care of. BUT, upon getting the estimate one week in advance, I am learning that going to the dentist is EXPENSIVE! Haven’t you ever heard the saying that your dental care reflects your overall health? Well, I’m trying to get healthy and clean here but how can I with a bill this large?!
Question number two: what is an adult prophylaxis? And how is this different than the “periodic examination?” If this is the cleaning, then why not call it the cleaning!? I don’t know about you, but when my doctor/dentist comes in to perform the “periodic examination,” it sure is periodic– more like lightening fast! Literally, tap tap tap, okay. $58. No effing way.
Question number three: why a 3% discount? Yes I am a paying customer (with cash!) and would prefer a discount, but 3%?
Question number four: where is Dr. Renz? He was my dentist since I was like four years old; I leave for two years to suffer with plaque and return to a young dude that looks young enough to pass as a date for senior prom and tries to humor me while I’m in the chair- like I can laugh with a metal hook in my mouth. Yeah, I’m not falling for that one Rico Suave. Seriously, he hasn’t been there for a year and shuts down his entire office for two weeks– oh, Miss Customer Service is not a happy camper.
Question number five: who has a great, local and affordable dentist in the area? As you can tell, I’m not satisfied with Rico and although I would prefer to stay with my family’s dentist (oh, the memories of playing legos in the waiting room growing up), I don’t like a place that is overpriced and overbooked. Suggestions would be wonderful.
I’ve decided to suck it up and get the cavities filled at this location but cancelled the “adult prophylaxis” and “periodic examination” to save a whopping $156. Instead, I will take my dental records and promptly make an appointment at HVCC for my *cleaning.* It’s free for HVCC students (cough cough I still have my student ID card) and only $10 for adults in the community. I’m not looking forward to the extended time in the chair, because they are students, but am willing to sacrifice my sick time at work for clean teeth.
Have any of you taken advantage of the students at Hudson Valley Community College? They do need community members for their daily classes and are supervised by a dentist/professor. Also an important note: many of the hygienists in the Capital District graduate from HVCC– why not support their education? Think local, think healthy, think discount!